I am pleased again this year to offer my predictions for Supply Chains in 2019.
As with last year, I will convey my three most important predictions. For 2018, I predicted:
- More innovation and transformations, although not necessarily the right investments.
- Continued amazing growth of eCommerce, with impacts all industry segments.
- Expanded disruptions, due to customer demands, new technologies, and the ever-increasing "need for speed".
As a critique, these three proved to be consistent with overall strategic trends, but were not necessarily the overwhelming drivers of all tactical changes we observed this year. Too many other factors had serious impacts – the economy itself; the sociopolitical conflicts; and the "Trade Wars" -- impacted supply chains significantly.
Now, on to 2019.