Speedbumps Abound on the Road to Digitization

“Digitization” is, like “resilience,” the new mantra for the supply chain. Digital applications range from automated paperwork to complex networks that provide end-to-end visibility of global supply and manufacturing operations. Digitized systems work across geographies and products to provide real-time data on inventory, delays, disruptions and resolutions to manufacturing sites and supply-chain partners. Interconnected supply…

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Gartner: Q1 Global Smartphone Sales Down 20.2%

Global smartphone sales to end users declined 20.2% in the first quarter of 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. The global shelter-in-place combined with the economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic led to demand for smartphones collapsing as consumers stopped spending on nonessential products during the first quarter. “The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market…

Gartner Recommends 4 Tech Initiatives for Logistics Workers’ Safety

To improve the safety of transportation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, supply chain and logistics leaders should implement four technology initiatives immediately, according to Gartner, Inc. “As capacity continues to tighten and there are fewer drivers on the road, it’s a requirement to keep them safe,” said Carly West, director analyst with the…

Gartner: 85% of Logistics Leaders to Boost Outsourcing Budget

Eighty-five percent of logistics leaders expect that their outsourcing budget will increase by more than 5 percent in 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. Already for 2019, 85 percent reported a similar budget increase. “Outsourcing one or more logistics service types has become largely mainstream,” said Courtney Rogerson, senior principal analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain…

‘Blockchain Fatigue’ Could Stall Supply-Chain Adoption

Supply chain leaders across the globe are talking about the promise of blockchain, but there have been few demonstrations of suitable use cases. OEMs are already tiring of blockchain, according to market research firm Gartner. At its recent Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conferences 2019, the firm predicted that by 2023, 90 percent of blockchain-based supply…

Would a Huawei Boycott Unravel the Supply Chain?

This article is part of AspenCore Media’s Special Project on Huawei, dissecting the global impact if China’s telecom equipment giant is sanctioned by the United States and its allies. Huawei Technologies Co. — the controversial Chinese vendor of networking gear and smartphones — faces the real possibility that its telecom equipment will be banned from U.S.…