CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly picked up our very own Bryan Jensen’s presentation on the “newCommerce” supply chain created by the post-COVID recovery. E-commerce was already on the rise before the pandemic, but Bryan lays out how to prepare for the next stages of network, facility design, and real estate strategy.
This era of “new” commerce is having considerable effects on:
- Equipment and systems inside the facility
- Logistics networks and facility equipment design
- The demands for, and the demands of, the buildings themselves.
Top considerations moving forward, according to Jensen, include: The growing need for automation inside the facility and a closer look at how you design your network to optimize fulfillment and delivery. He added that assessing these risks is increasingly tricky as e-commerce looks to be leveling off in the wake of the pandemic, but still remaining at all-time high levels.