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didn’t used to, and that is why I was most happy to receive submissions from people who do,
whose daily working life revolves around these (to me) magically mysterious acronyms.
In the old days, supply chain was easy. Pick, pack, send, and it got there. Most of the time. Or
was it just some of the time.
Not like today. Today, the supply chain is a veritable mathematics professor's breakfast, with more
equations involved in locating and picking one item than the first Moon landing took, automation is
taking over the warehouse floor, and AGVs are running around like headless chooks but each with
more brains than the trading floor in a stock market.
But did you know that some of this is not actually that new? Take the IoT, for example. As Antony
Bourne writes (page 20): “After years of hype we tend to forget that many manufacturers already have
Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities. And have had for years. They just might not identify them as such.”
Similarly, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots/robotics have been around since the days television
only came in black and white, and the latest tech wonder, blockchain, is nothing more than “a
distributed ledger”, albeit one that “has the potential to transform and disrupt supply chains by
documenting, validating and securing each step of the chain with an inerasable history.” (See page 24.)
So what is new?
you may ask. As they say, there is nothing new under the sun. What is an invention? It is a
new way of harnessing existing objects, things, principles so as to achieve a desired result, action,
outcome that is an improvement over previous methods of achieving the same outcome.
Was the wheel a great invention? Of course. Was it a new idea? No. Round objects like rocks and
logs have been rolling down the hillside for millions of years before.
Similarly, IoT, AI, BC, etc. are also great inventions. And if you think of them as new ways of
harnessing existing principles, they are also easier to get your head around.
And to make it even easier, our whole feature is devoted to mind-bending new IT things in the
supply chain. I hope you will enjoy reading your latest issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions magazine.
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