n Transport World Africa - Digital dreams : supply chain logistics

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1684-7946


PROMINENT SUPPLY chain analyst and founder of Supply Chain Insight Lora Cecere believes that supply chain professionals have defined their processes as linear and inflexible - trusting enterprise resource planning (ERP) and advance planning and scheduling (APS) to optimise production and distribution processes. "To become digital, we need to define processes from the customer's customer to the supplier's supplier and use new technologies to listen, sense and adapt," explains Cecere. "This is not the platform of traditional technologies and the belief structures of traditional supply chain leaders. This is an opportunity for Africa. Consider the adoption of mobile phones, alternative payment structures and collaborative sharing in economies such as in Nigeria. It's time that we question the status quo and traditional principles." While encouraging organisations to pursue a digital supply chain, Cecere accepts that this progression isn't without its flaws, which businesses must take cognisance of.

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