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In 2010, Dan Gilmore – Editor-in-Chief of the Supply Chain Digest put together a list of the top Supply Chain innovations of all time.  With innovations since then, one can’t help wondering if any of the new ‘disruptive’ technologies will bump any of Gilmore’s top 10 off the list.  What are your thoughts?

The Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of All-Time

  1. The Toyota Production System
  2. P&G’s Continuous Replenishment
  3. The Ocean Shipping Container
  4. Economic Order Quantity (EOQ)
  5. The Ford Assembly Line
  6. The Universal Product Code
  7. The FedEx Tracking System
  8. Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
  9. 3M’s Transportation Load Control Center
  10. Taylorism

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Kevin O’Marah, in reviewing the fifth annual Chief Supply Chain Officer Survey in 2014 said that “we’re on the cusp of a breakthrough that will soon eclipse and ultimately reverse what Henry Ford gave us with the Model T assembly line”.

Eight Disruptive Technologies Impacting Supply Chain

  1. The sharing economy
  2. 3D printing
  3. Big data
  4. Advanced robotics
  5. The Internet of Things
  6. Cloud computing
  7. Drones
  8. The digital supply chain

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