Manufacturing problem: Supply Chain

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Literature Review: Supply Chain problem for Manufacturing

This “Ten Problems for Manufacturing in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. sustainability, 
  2. industry 4.0,
  3. smart,
  4. responsibility,
  5. additive,
  6. digitalization,
  7. supply chain,
  8. optimization,
  9. skills gap,
  10. distributed.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

7 Supply Chain

THE PROBLEM — Data-driven decisions are becoming increasingly relevant for supply chains as traditional paradigms are being replaced with concepts and approaches more suited for the advent of big data. Whilst there is a lot of emphasis on the strategic adoption of digital technologies, the work on operational feasibility, maturity and supply chain implementation is scarce. Carbon efficient supply chains and developing countries contribution to sustainable practices would benefit environment and save cost.

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CONCLUSIONS — An implication of wide adoption of digital technologies by supply chains is the increase in decision-making complexity and uncertainty, which translates to a greater burden on information processing needs and capabilities. Operational strategies could mitigate the carbon emissions throughout the lifespan of manufactured products in order to derive maximum benefits and enhance competitive advantage. A variety of topics is of interest for production planning and control: manufacturing performance measurement, business intelligence and service supply chains, relational mechanisms of value creation and service quality. Green supply chain management practices are associated with improvements in both environmental and operating cost performance. The current strong outsourcing trend dictates that the efficiency of outsourced warehousing is a big contributing impact factor for the carbon footprint from supply chains. Lean manufacturing facilitated the supply chain relationship and directly improved the supply performance in Thailand. Business-to Business platforms play an increasingly important role in integrating production and between companies, linking organizations along the value chain. The majority of sustainability reports are in strategic pursuit of improved corporate communication to gain an enhanced image among stakeholders. In terms of developing countries, there is little research about sustainable supply chain initiatives from both buyers and supplier’s perspectives. Findings in Turkey indicate absorptive capacity mediates the relationship between social capital and supply chain resilience.

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“Ten Problems for Manufacturing in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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