Digital Transformation in Supply Chain (with Axelle Lemaire)

00:08 Introduction
00:36 Axelle, perhaps we could start by hearing a little more about your background?
01:35 Currently, you’re working as the Global Head of Terra Numerata, a part of the global management consultancy, Roland Berger. Could you tell us a little bit more about that?
02:14 Today, we are going to talk a little more about digitalization, can you give us an overview of what digitalization is?
03:49 It seems there are now more startups than ever with a vibrant marketplace of companies promising to revolutionise the digital industry? What’s your take on this?
06:56 10 years ago, Lokad was one of those little start-ups located just around the corner from Station F. What are your views on this?
11:41 Can you see any sort of negatives to this increasing reliance on digitalization?
18:12 Let’s look at some of the digital trends for the future. What are the opportunities that you can see coming from them?


The performance of a Supply Chain Management (SCM) practice is increasingly dependent on software technologies. The concept of digital transformation covers the complex process associated with the roll-out of a software technology into a large organization.

In this episode of LokadTV we are joined by the Global Head of Terra Numerata at Roland Berger, Axelle Lemaire. Axelle previously worked as Minister for Digital Affairs within François Hollande’s government and has recently taken on this new role at Terra Numerata - the digital arm of Roland Berger.

Terra Numerata is a curated global network composed of start-ups and innovative companies offering services that are complementary to Roland Berger’s business expertise. Here, she is bringing together both startups and technology companies alike in order to maximise their potential within an ever more competitive digital world.

In this episode, we get her insights on the topic of digitalization and how the widespread adoption of digital technologies has lead to traditional companies completely reinventing themselves. The business landscape has changed vastly over the past few years, creating a highly dynamic and exciting environment with more start-ups than ever, meaning that numerous other businesses have had to adapt. Smartphones, e-commerces and social media have all revolutionised how many industries function.

We can say that nearly all companies have been digitalised for quite some time. However, many companies claim to be fully digitalized but in reality this is often only on the surface. We learn why digitalization actually requires a completely different culture, where a company entirely rethinks their strategy in depth. We discuss some of the key digital trends that we have seen across a range of different industries and why many companies are expanding on all verticals in order to have a greater control over their supply chain.

To round things off, we debate whether there are any negatives to digitalization and if having such an increasing reliance on computers for all aspects of our lives could be problematic in the future. Awareness of this is definitely increasing, but is it enough and just how is it transforming the inner structure of businesses? We also explore some of the exciting new tech trends on the horizon.