Accessability Links
Cookies on our website
By continuing to use this website we will assume you are happy to receive cookies as outlined in our cookie policy
Accept Policy

Big data and 3D printing ‘will reform 2014 supply chains’

Dec 19
Tags: Crimson & Co
Share this story:
Big data and 3D printing ‘will reform 2014 supply...

The rise of ‘big data’ and the emergence of 3D printing will be two of the biggest issues that will affect supply chain leaders next year, according to end-to-end supply chain consultancy firm, Crimson & Co.

Issues facing supply chain leaders will become increasingly complex and more challenging in 2014.

The continuing growth of online shopping this year has caused some recovery within the retail sector. Open discussions are now being held to focus on the real price of ‘low-cost’ emerging markets, such as China and India.

Richard Powell, managing director and co-founder of Crimson & Co, said: “When considering the increasing manufacturing costs, quality challenges, shipping and stock coverage issues, how sensible is it really to put all manufacturing eggs in one Far Eastern basket?” 

According to Mr Powell, there was little advancement in supply chain techniques and any developments appear to be around maturing issues rather than new ones. 

He stated that although the term ‘big data’ has become widespread, most supply chains do not understand what they need to do about it.

Mr Powell added: “ Looking forward, there needs to be more thought about the use of data, and supply chain leaders will have to work out how to incorporate it in their plans if they want a competitive operation.”

Supply chain analytics appear to be on the horizon and Crimson & Co note a shift in the balance of power in supply chain thinking. 

Even dedicated manufacturing companies have moved from wholly focusing on factories to a clear view of the end-to-end supply chain. Mr Powell believes that this change in thinking will heavily influence change as companies begin to realise the potential of streamlining processes.

Although 3D printing is not yet a mainstream issue, Mr Powell feels that it cannot be ignored, as any advances in technology will be a driving force across all industries. 

Mr Powell concludes:  “2013 was not a particularly progressive year for supply chains but next year will be, and it will be exciting to see how processes develop with the increased significance around ‘big data’ and 3D printing.”

Search for the latest management consultancy jobs and consulting recruitment opportunities or contact us on +44(0)207 089 9017

Share this story:
Add new comment
Jobs Related to this Post
5 result(s) found 
Page 1 of 1 

£40k-£50k plus excellent bon...
Central London
Customer Success Manager - Growing Tech Firm, Central London - Central London£40k-£50k plus excellent bonus and benefitsOur client are a technology start-up based in Camden which use a SaaS platform
Competitive for the best graduates wit...
Central London, limited travel require...
Analysts for Procurement Specialist Consulting Firm - Central London with only 15% travel requiredExceptional to hire the best experienced graduatesLondon based Management Consultancy – Analyst Our
£50k-£100k plus bonus, benef...
Central London
Energy / Commodities - Business Development and Sales for Leading European Research Company - Central London£50k - £75k base plus excellent bonus, benefitsOur client is one of Europe’s leading
£50k-£100k tax free plus exc...
Middle East (Dubai) and North Africa l...
Strategy Consultants - Healthcare and Pharma Sector for Dubai and North Africa - We have roles in Dubai, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco£50k-£100k tax free plus bonus, excellent benefits such as housing
€50k - €120k plus bonus, benefits
Germany, multiple locations
Our client is growing globally and particularly in the German market where they have over 40 consultants focussing on operational improvement, supply chain and digital