Gartner Research

Industrial Manufacturing Industry Supply Chain Outlook 2018

Published: 28 March 2018

ID: G00347922

Analyst(s): Michael Burkett

Summary

Industrial manufacturers are positioned for further growth in 2018 after several years of unstable demand. Supply chain leaders responsible for strategy can use this research to ensure their supply chains manage rising costs and capacity constraints to achieve this growth profitably.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • An Expanding Global Economy Will Challenge Industrial Supply Chain Leaders to Increase Their Pace of Change and Performance
  • Demand to Meet Regional Customer Preferences Will Pressure Global Supply Chains to Achieve Scale While Delivering Unique Products and Service
  • The Threat of Inflation Eroding Profit Margins Increases the Burden on Supply Chain Leaders to Eliminate Waste and Manage Cost
  • As Industrial Manufacturers Pursue Digital Business the Operating Capabilities of the Supply Chain Will Be Tested

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