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SCM World Leaders Forum
London, UK
July 12, 2017
Charlie Jenkinson

Charlie Jenkinson, former Vice President, Electrocomponents Plc

Creating a Digital Supply Chain, Wednesday, July 12, at 11:35 AM


Supply chains are changing fast. While there has been little change in the physical movement of goods, customer expectations have risen alongside the Internet of Things, data analysis, the cloud, sustainability, and other competitive pressures. B2C trends are driving B2B; ease, reliability and transparency are now standard requirements. Business needs to reflect on this strategy and focus on growing in a digital world.

This presentation outlines the journey of developing a digital supply chain strategy. The story begins with understanding customer needs, defining the future requirements, and concludes with the strategic implementation plan. The digital supply chain requires new levels of connectivity, agility analytics, and end to end visibility. A digital supply chain puts the customer at the centre but must also enable cost savings and a profitable response.

A digital supply chain also challenges traditional organizational boundaries. It forces working across all points of the end to end supply chain, impacting Sales, Product, Operations, Finance, and IT, and necessitates a review of a company’s operating model – its processes, KPIs and accountability.