Uniqlo has just announced a 90% reduction of its employees by having completely automated one of its warehouses in Japan. One thing is certain:- supply chains are changing, becoming increasingly technology focused and demanding less manpower, therefore requiring a different, more engineer driven skillset from its employees than before.
Thus in an environment that is evolving so rapidly, what can be done to prepare those who will go on to lead supply chains? On this episode of LokadTV, we welcome Régis Bourbonnais, renowned lecturer, head of the “International Supply Chain” Masters at Université Paris Dauphine and logistics consultant, to discuss these evolutions and how he shares his expertise with his students in more detail.
We debate just what exactly is making the world of supply chains change so quickly, from customers that can be described as much more volatile - expecting higher service levels, a larger diversity of products than before and an ease of returning goods if they’re not satisfied -, to various social media influencers that can suddenly propulse a seemingly random product to great heights, without any prior warning for a business.
With the rapid transformation of technology and new ways of managing data, supply chain is also a world adrift with empty technological buzzwords. How do we know which of those are actually of substance and which should be avoided as they’ll simply end up as a short-lived trend that’ll die out? We discuss how to differentiate between these various fads and genuine innovations.
To conclude, we expand on how globalization has had such an impact on the domain of supply chain, and why this means that future supply chain leaders need to be ready to embrace different cultures.