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Factory innovation post COVID-19: 5 best practices for supply chain manufacturing

The COVID-19 crisis did not slow smart manufacturing investments: By 2024, half of factory work will be done remotely, impacting job families and shift schedules. 

But manufacturing operations leaders struggle in an era of continuous disruption to identify, pilot and scale digital technologies and new ways of working. 

Gartner has identified 5 best practices of supply chain manufacturing leaders who have successfully delivered innovations across factories.

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    By 2021, one in 10 warehouse workers in established economies will be replaced by autonomous mobile robots. There is no doubt that deploying innovative technology can improve efficiency and customer service, and can help raise maturity and transform supply chains.

    C. Dwight Klappich

    VP Analyst, Gartner Research & Advisory

    Delivering innovation in supply chain manufacturing

    Supply chain manufacturing leaders are at a significant crossroad. Factories must not only support organizational endeavors for agility and growth, but also manage the ongoing impacts and risks from COVID-19. 

    Regardless of approach, a clearly defined path to managing a pipeline of innovation projects, unleashing them across multiple sites and using its benefits to continue that pipeline, is required.

    Bimodal is a practice that describes two separate but coherent ways of working that are required for manufacturing operations to build, scale and succeed with new capabilities. When executed well, both modes are inextricably tied to scale; which is repeatable performance that allows companies to move faster and deliver the value of smart manufacturing.

    70% of supply chain leaders report that their smart manufacturing efforts are run in parallel and not integrated with their digital supply chain endeavors.

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    Supply Chain Manufacturing: FAQs

    A manufacturer is a producer of branded or unbranded finished products. A manufacturer could be a contract manufacturer, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or both.

    Manufacturing planning refers to the weekly or daily production and machine schedules across multiple plants or lines to meet orders and forecast demand. Some manufacturing planning modules also incorporate materials planning.

    Smart manufacturing is the notion of orchestrating physical and digital processes within factories and across other supply chain functions to optimize current and future supply and demand requirements. This is accomplished by transforming and improving ways in which people, process and technology operate to deliver the critical information needed to impact decision quality, efficiency, cost and agility.

    Discrete manufacturing is the production of a discrete category of goods (e.g., automobiles, aircraft, computers or component assemblies).

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