Supply Chain Trends – Adopting Digitization and Its Impact on Skills

THEME: Supply Chain

A Research Study Commissioned by Supply Chain Canada (SCC) – National

The continuing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused significant disruptions to supply chains around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on global supply chains, causing disruptions to trade and transportation and leading to shortages of essential goods and services.

Digitalization of supply chains is now being recognised as a solution to many of our supply chain risks, and disruptions, and is being increasingly seen as a step towards designing resilient supply chains. The exponential rate at which technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Chat-GPT, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing are growing, makes this an ideal time for us to explore in depth which specific skills our middle and top-level leaderships in the SCM sector will need to be competitive in the future. AI is no longer relegated to the realms of data scientists but is now quickly becoming a basic skill which will differentiate between a successful and an unsuccessful supply chain. The call to action for the C-Suite is to assume centerstage and grab the opportunity.

Supply Chain Canada’s mission is to provide leadership to the Canadian supply chain community, provide value to all members, and advance the profession. With this in mind, we commissioned a research report to supply chain professionals that will be expected to drive the organization’s strategy rather than just the supply chain plan. Research conducted by EY presents four key personas that will play important roles in the supply chain of the future – Technologist, Orchestrator, Analyst, and Innovator. This study confirms and expands upon these roles. Where do you fit?

Full report is available at Supply Chain Canada Website