Gartner Research

Industrial Manufacturing Industry Supply Chain Outlook 2017

Published: 01 June 2017

ID: G00320229

Analyst(s): Marko Pukkila , Michael Burkett


A volatile economic environment and shifting government policies have created uncertainty for industrial manufacturing companies. Supply chain leaders responsible for supply chain strategy can use this research to address market uncertainty and supply constraints.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Global uncertainty, led by a shifting political landscape, makes it challenging for supply chain leaders focused on strategy to forecast demand or to make supply network redesign decisions
  • Moderate economic growth expectations create competitive price pressure that will squeeze industrial manufacturer's margins and threaten shareholder returns
  • Industrial manufacturing executives are pursuing multiple growth strategies, including product innovation and partnering that will test the supply chain's capabilities to respond
  • Digital strategies are underway to serve customers and connect supply chains — challenging industrial manufacturers that are not prepared for this disruption

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