EDI & the Manufacturing Technology Revolution

Revolution is prevalent across the manufacturing lines. Manufacturers are looking for ways to reinvest in existing technologies like EDI, find new technologies, reinvent manufacturing strategy, enhance troubleshooting, bringing manufacturing closer to consumer and levy the power of intelligent tools to streamline operations and cut costs. However, manufacturers must also look beyond systems and software, uncovering how better processes and strategy can enhance operation through these additional trends.

1. Manufacturers Looks to Reduce the Skills Gap, a Consistent Issue When Talking Trends in American Manufacturing

The skills gap is a huge concern for manufacturers. The incorrect perceptions of manufacturing as a dirty, labor-intensive and outdated career are ending. More than 3 million manufacturing jobs will be available over the next 10 years, and right now, only one-third of those positions are expected to be filled.  Manufacturers should implement career training programs, showcase new, clean and technologically advanced facilities and offer incentives for high school students and college students to pursue careers in the manufacturing space.

2. EDI and Intelligent Networks

Many manufacturing supply chains will evolve into intelligent networks with real-time track-and-trace, legacy systems like EDI for integration and greater delivery accuracy and quality metrics than ever before. Applying analytics, BI, quality management and track-and-trace applications to supply chain problems are together creating knowledge sharing networks. Moving forward, look for more manufacturers to integrate legacy on-premise, 3rd party, and new cloud-based applications into a single unified platform that integrates with suppliers and enables greater speed and scale.

3. Manufacturers Will Create More Leadership Roles

Low-tech and limited career path positions do not satisfy millennials. Today’s modern generations want to use new technologies to highlight their skills and teach others about how new processes can benefit an organization and humanity. In other words, the new generation wants to take a more proactive role in company leadership, even if it is not as a member of the C-Suite. Therefore, manufacturers will work to increase the number of leadership roles available within an organization throughout 2018, and more companies will implement mentorship programs, giving new, upcoming employees an opportunity to learn from upper-level managers and executives within the C-Suite.

4. The Dominance of E-Commerce Continues

Any conversation about trends in American manufacturing would be incomplete without touching on the growing importance and impact of e-commerce.  E-commerce is among the top trends in American manufacturing influencing manufacturing and retailers. Experts predict Amazon will be included in all retailers’ e-commerce business plans moving forward, whether those plans include selling products through the Amazon marketplace or identifying ways to compete with Amazon’s business model. Similarly, consumers will begin looking for other ways beyond basic browsers to make purchases, including mobile phones, or voice-shopping thru a personal home assistant like Amazon’s Echo or Google Assistant, meaning a significant number of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers will be forced to begin reinventing omni-channel order fulfillment strategies.

5. IT and OT Technical Staff Will Begin to Cross Roles

Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) professionals have traditionally been considered different departments.  However, the convergence of systems, processes and devices within manufacturing will require IT and OT technical staff to merge. IT staff will begin training on OT systems and vice versa.

6. Redefining Manufacturing Technologies

Manufacturers continue operating with the same basic set of technologies, including systems to manage order fulfillment, inbound and outbound logistics, and transactions from several shopping channels. As the number of consumers seeking omnichannel shopping experience, using apps, browsers, brick-and-mortar stores, farmers markets and other venues increases, manufacturers will need to expand existing technologies to keep up with consumer demand. In addition, technologies will need to integrate to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things, otherwise known as Industry 4.0. While the role of automated technologies will also be part of these trends in American manufacturing, considerations in automated manufacturing technology includes hundreds, if not thousands of smaller factors. Using technologies like EDI you can expedite the OTC process.

How Can Effective Data Help?

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