Jul 13, 2020

KPMG: Building Supply Chains For A Digital World

Digital Transformation
Jack Grimshaw
2 min
KPMG: Building Supply Chains For A Digital World
Digital disruption continues to transform the world and the way businesses work every day, and supply chains are no exception to this...

Increased product choice, new innovative conveniences such as click and collect, and even same-day deliveries in some scenarios, along with full order visibility, have all revolutionised the supply chain. With personalised, on-demand entertainment and more available to consumers, demand and expectation has never been higher or more difficult to manage for businesses.

In order to continue meeting these ever-changing customer needs, businesses need to build effective digital roadmaps. By creating all-encompassing, successful plans, companies can drive increasing returns on investment (ROI) in supply chains almost fourfold. 

A KPMG report has taken an in-depth look into the benefits of beginning a digital transformation journey, and detailed steps on how to begin that journey. We’ve taken a look at the report here to break it down and learn more.

The challenge when creating a digital roadmap is knowing where to even begin with the process. Digital operations provide opportunities to innovate across the supply chain, but having an effective impact on operations can be difficult. One of the very first things that must be established is that organisations have to do everything with their overall performance ambitions and brand promises in mind, or they will face a very quick failure.

As an example to any business looking to innovate operations, Alibaba should be held in high regard. By building a long-term, customer-focused strategy with performance at its centre, Alibaba has successfully distanced itself from the competition by delivering truly innovative operations through a transformative journey. 

Around the world, companies on both a global and regional scale are working at completely different stages in their digital evolutions. Some are leading the way, like Alibaba, acting as digital pioneers and leading the way, whilst others follow a lead and educate themselves based on the successes of previously effective transformations.

Very few companies will even have the capability to begin a transformation, better yet implement an effective journey that yields results. Support is essential for organisations from the word go when building effective strategies.

Long-term partnerships, entire ecosystems, and more will all be transformed throughout this journey, so organisations will have to lean on the expertise of others to ensure a smooth transition into digital processes.

It is clear that adopting and embracing new digital technologies in a supply chain is becoming increasingly important to success, but ensuring it is properly implemented is crucial. From optimisation to entire transformations, digital solutions can have this impact on operations.

Learn more here.

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Jul 25, 2021

People Moves: Kuehne+Nagel, Asuccini, Algo

2 min
Stay up to date on the latest supply chain executive moves and promotions, including Kuehne+Nagel, Algo, and Asuccini LLC

Peer Gjeow Rasmussen


Was: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel India
Now: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel Singapore and Malaysia 

Skilled in freight forwarding, logistics management, and international logistics, Peer Gjeow Rasmussen has worked for almost two decades to make Kuehne+Nagel a global leader in supply chain. With experience in Thailand, China, Denmark, the USA, and India, Rasmussen is poised to excel in the company’s diverse Singapore and Malaysia divisions. Said Jens Drewes, President of Kuehne+Nagel Asia-Pacific: "Peer’s proven leadership will ensure continued strategic growth and success." 


Heidi Turk


Was: SVP Supply Chain, NBC Universal
Now: Chief Customer Success Officer, Algo

Heidi Turk has been named Chief Customer Success Officer at Algo, a leading supply chain intelligence SaaS solutions provider. Prior to joining Algo, Turk spent the 23 years with NBC Universal, most recently as SVP Supply Chain.

Amjad Hussain, Chairman, founder and CEO, said: “Heidi’s deep knowledge of hard-goods manufacturing, distribution and retail channel operations will take Algo's white-glove, customer-centric service and support to the next level."

Jim Vrtis


Now: Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Asuccini

Jim Vrtis has been elected to the board of directors at Asuccini LLC, the leading international logistics transportation management software company. Vrtis will join as the Vice Chairman, and continue his role as CEO at Artemis ABA Inc. 

Vrtis has more than 20 years of industry experience working in transportation and logistics. Ashkan Shamili, Founder & CEO, said: “With the addition of Jim to our Board, we are committed to providing our customers with an innovative customised transportation management system built in the Salesforce cloud and tailored to the way our customers run their business.”

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