To begin, manufacturers should ask themselves how making capital investments"”whether updating equipment, manufacturing processes, software solutions, or even supply chain functions"”will impact their inventory, customer demand, sourcing strategy and distribution models. Efforts to modernize manufacturing through initiatives such as automation, the integration of cloud-based technologies, the incorporation of additive manufacturing and even the utilization of data management tools all can have an impact on a manufacturer's overall supply chain operations.
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Keywords: supply chain management, supply chain planning, supply chain optimization, SaaS, logistics & supply chain
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