INNOVATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN: NEW DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING THE LOGISTICS OF THE FUTURE.
Not all developments have the potential to make a difference, at least in terms of supply chain refers; however, there are some technological advances that more than justify the investment. The key is to separate fact from fiction, meet the needs of business and consumer expectations and approach to innovation hand of logic, to find the balance between desire and reality.

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Taken into account the above, the golden rules to succeed in the election are:

Understand that not enough to bet on an invention, no matter how creative it seems. Not only it must be promising, but must add value. Therefore, any technological choice should be the result of an integrated planning and in-depth study of the company, competition and the market.
In addition, we must consider more important than innovation and as with sustainability and social responsibility factors; its impact on the consumer is much more positive medium and long term, at all levels.
Moreover, the degree of need for technology varies from one company to another. Before and invest must know and know who the customers are, who the suppliers and what they expect from the organization.
Thus, when selecting how to innovate in the supply chain, advanced analytics has great potential. Its keys are:
• necessary to address the dynamic nature of markets Agility.
• Support in the search for stability and volatility management.
• Opportunity to take advantage when the opportunity appears (weakness of competitors or opening new markets, among others).
• Minimization of uncertainty.
• Performance optimization.
The specific predictions, simple forecasts are not good enough. It is necessary to contextualize, we need a global vision to evaluate all options and the impact of its consequences.

TRENDS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS
Leaning in the analysis is the safest option when it comes to innovation in the supply chain. At the same time, interested in being updated and well informed of the latest developments. Among them, the shortage of knowledge workers and changing demographic circumstances are, along with the growing potential of emerging markets, the elements that most strongly influence the shaping of a new way of understanding the supply chain.
Thus, in setting the new technology trends that will influence the new management of the supply chain include:
– The Micro Segmentation, which will be key to success: the exact part of the general category where buying triggers the purchase decision. In order to have this information must have detailed knowledge of customer segments or individual customers, also known as micro segments; that part of identifying trends based on the study of the behavior of consumers and users, in contrast to the historical data of the company. From this information it is possible to acquire the ability to respond effectively to customers on the basis of the business strategy.
– Social Networks, which will play a decisive role in feedback: have a presence in the social media will be as important as having a systematic method to study the data and disseminate information to the various groups of the supply chain (design, planning , procurement, services, manufacturing, etc.). Applying this approach can be, thanks to feedback, respond proactively and interact directly with consumers and users of social media.
– Artificial intelligence, which will be integrated into the main activities of the supply chain; and the internet of things will, of all the technological advances available to the sector, influencing more decisively in the changes in the next years will occur in the supply chains of many companies throughout the world.

THE CLOUD AND INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN
The international supply chain is here to stay. The promise of cloud led since its inception, a change of seismic magnitude caused by the arrival of independent data from any device, with any technology, and accessed from anywhere and at any time.
This reality, so futuristic few years ago and so common today, has already spread in his role as personal use. Often a particular level is used for downloading music and video files or sharing pictures and consulting financial, or other meteorological data. The novelty is already breaking into the field of business, making its way into the basics of managing the supply chain. The history of management of the supply chain is a series of milestones: moving large volumes from one place to another, reducing transportation time of goods, reduce costs, minimize the environmental impact on a commitment to sustainability .. . it’s time to optimize efficiency and globalization, along with technology, the perfect ally.
However, the international status also entails major challenges such as:
• The increased complexity in management.
• The difficulty in acquiring the necessary visibility on operations.
• The challenges of exercising control in global environments.
• The greater influence of social, economic, political and legislative about the business and its results.
The answer to many of these challenges is the main benefit of the cloud to the supply chain. The cloud offers the possibility of creating an integrated working platform which guarantees:

The update of the data: to ensure the minimization of risk in decision-making; which is encouraged when data can be shared, the display has no limits beyond those of access authorizations and momentum of a very beneficial collaborative environment is provided.
The completeness of the information: when working in a data integration environment gain in quality. This quality impacts directly into a wall more accurate and consistent action, which is a source of competitive advantage.
The cost savings: Unlike traditional storage media, with their licenses and maintenance needs; It fosters a scalable cloud consumption much cheaper than any other option that can guarantee conditions.
Speed: promoting a more efficient model, trend in the sector, which avoids dead and delays so common with traditional modes of information exchange times.
Whenever the security of the data is guaranteed, the long-term benefit of the cloud is to have the basic tool to make an accurate diagnosis, which will promote the continuous improvement of the reliability and predictability of the supply chain facilitating the achievement of confidence in the performance, which adds value and reduces spending, equally.
SCIENCE FICTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN
The reality of the supply chain starts to seem drawn from the pages of a science fiction novel. Computer science, robotics and large doses of creativity, along with a deep knowledge of the sector and weaknesses are the first step towards innovation.
The most futuristic advances in that supply chain refers seek new opportunities to provide better customer service, guarantee your satisfaction, seal a commitment and competitive differentiation. When mobile able to read bar codes no longer surprise anyone, the most striking examples of the new supply chain are:
• The internet of things applied to logistics: technology continues unabated and metrics proliferate. It’s a reality to know the temperature of the goods to be purchased at any time during transport, access accurate data reporting their location and even to control the parameters of relative humidity can affect the places that crosses on their way to destination.
• Driverless Trucks: avoid accidents, reduce risk and optimize time shipments (since the breaks required by law are avoided in the absence of any natural person to whom you apply); are just some of the benefits of this advancement of robotics, replacing hauliers art vehicles with more than a navigation system.
• Drones: Amazon is already making shipments drones, carrying the order anywhere in the world making it possible for your recipient receives it in the garden of his home on the day and time agreed. The volume of the goods and their weight are clear limitations to this service, which can not exceed certain measures; but this new way of understanding the logistics is the clearest forward and personalized treatment door.
The term innovation involves the use of a new method or technology resulting in more productive and efficient processes. When it comes to the supply chain, innovation involves improvements in the way products and services, information flow and relationships within the network. In other words, what distinguishes leaders from followers. The ability to think holistically and strategically about new tools and new ways of doing things is needed to overcome the challenges of the increasing complexity of the operations of the supply chain. Innovation is not science fiction, it is crucial to understand the changes and stay afloat being able to integrate people, processes and technology synchronously.

INNOVATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN: NEW DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING THE LOGISTICS OF THE FUTURE.

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