In this final article of the series, we discuss current activities and future potential in space-based mining, as well as the various kinds of logistics that will be required for the emerging, diverse, space economy.
Strategy, Business Models
Organizational strategies related to supply chain, including performance management, policies, best practice/processes, business models, innovation, the global economy, etc.
We explore examples of space-based manufacturing that are currently being considered or pursued, such as ZBLAN optical fibers, biomanufacturing, construction of large structures, space-based farming, drugs, microfabrication, carbon nanotubes, and perfect spheres.
Customers’ expectations for delivery excellence continue to climb for faster, error-free delivery, more granular visibility, more convenience, and increased flexibility. Here we discuss specific strategies and capabilities that leading companies are using to try and perfect the customer’s delivery experience, such as via hyperlocal delivery, dynamic dispatch and routing, adaptable workflows, dwell time reduction, real-time visibility, expanding the range of delivery windows, locations, and options, sustainable delivery, last minute rescheduling, and more
AI/ML has created radically new and different capabilities in supply chain solutions. This requires a rethink of the process of achieving results and value from those solutions.
Plummeting launch costs are poised to make manufacturing in space economically feasible for a set of materials and products that can take advantage of unique attributes of space-based production. Here we explore why space-based manufacturing may be on the verge of becoming a reality.
The Russo-Ukrainian war has put into focus the question of the proper role for responsible enterprises in response to abuses by authoritarian regimes. Here we look at some of the challenges and solutions to managing an ethical supply chain.
AI/ML has had a big impact on demand planning, improving forecast granularity and accuracy. It also has revolutionized inventory optimization, which has become ever more critical as companies increasingly push more inventory out to the edges of their distribution network and implemented hyper-local distribution strategies to meet ever more rapid delivery-time expectations.
Here we assess Mercado’s supply chain network/platform for connecting retailers with suppliers, forwarders and brokers, carriers, and other service providers in the order-to-delivery process for imports. We also cover Zencargo’s solution for mid-sized retailers who are doing significant importing and seek control tower capabilities combined with freight forwarding services.
We explore the use of AI and machine learning in optimizing pricing and promotions to reduce markdowns, increase sales and profit margins, and maximize various other objectives.
We explore various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people.
This is our assessment of One Network, who has one of the most sophisticated/elegant architectures, providing a flexible and scalable multi-enterprise platform. We look at their intelligent control towers for autonomous supply chain management providing multi-tier, multiparty optimization, and automated planning and execution from inbound supply to outbound order fulfillment and logistics.