Supply Chain Evolution—Tectonic Shifts in the Value Chain

Emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is Poised to Disrupt Existing Supply Chain Operations

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This Frost & Sullivan study examines the transformations in global supply chains mainly based on the key disruptive themes that have sprung from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It also analyses the challenges faced across the supply chain, market motivators, and the implementation approach of key applications within each theme. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly study the following disruptive themes: Smart products, Control On-the-go, Track and Trace, Advanced Supply Chain Management (SCM), Big Data and Analytics, and Advanced Logistics. The research focus is primarily on supply chain operations conducted across key industrial sectors (process and discrete industries).
  • Smart products
  • Control-on-the-go
  • Track and trace
  • Advanced supply chain management (SCM)
  • Big Data and analytics
  • Advanced logistics

Market Overview

IIoT to Disrupt the Supply Chain Ecosystem

IIoT is gaining prominence in the industrial sector due to its compelling benefits such as connectivity, communication and collaboration; and manufacturers are looking to extract its value especially across supply chain and logistical operations. High inventory and transportation costs, complex supplier networks and the inability to respond to sudden supply-demand fluctuations have created a pressing need to revolutionize the traditional SCM and transportation management system (TMS).

While the disruptive themes will affect every level of the supply chain system, remote asset management, product traceability, workforce optimization and fleet optimization are key application areas that are poised to witness significant growth. For example, with regard to fleet management, the traditional process of position tracking can be technically enhanced to obtain the key parameters, which provide optimal process efficiency, such as idling time, driver behavior, fuel consumption and environmental compliance.

Furthermore, increasing supply chain complexity and global outsourcing has resulted in operational transparency becoming a constant concern among the value chain participants. Recent technological advances that have resulted in a unified collaborative platform, that can take on board and optimize multiple process variables such as connected machines, assets, equipment and people, could go a long way in resolving the issue. Streamlined adoption of the listed disruptive themes will help value chain participants develop an integrated supply chain system with increased connectivity, visibility and profitability.

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
Key Findings
2. Industrial Internet of Things—A Research Perspective
The Four Functional Facets
Industry Convergence: Information Technology-Operations Technology (IT-OT)
Services 2.0
Supply Chain Evolution
The Industry 4.0 Business Ecosystem
3. Research Scope and Objectives
4. Introduction: IIoT Arrival to Spawn a Number of Opportunities Across Vital Supply Chain Activities
Supply Chain Mapping—Industrial Markets
Culminating Supply Chain Themes Driven by the IIoT
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Material Sourcing
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Sales and Operational Planning
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Production Planning and Scheduling
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Supply Chain Network Design
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Workforce Management
Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Logistics and Transportation Planning
5. Smart Products: Taking Advantage of High Sensor Penetration and Wireless Communications to Monitor Supply Chain Process Variables
Sensors Market—Snapshot of Key Opportunities
Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communication
Implementation Approach—Tracking High Value Cargo
Implementation Approach—Mobile Tank Monitoring
6. Control-on-the-go: Using Handheld Devices to Administer Anytime, Anywhere Access of Vital Data to Key Value Chain Participants
Smartphones Versus Industrial Grade Hand Held Devices
Implementation Approach—Enterprise Mobility
Implementation Approach—Field Service Maintenance
7. Track and Trace: Implementation Traceability Solutions for Product Authentication, Validation, and Compliance Across the Supply Chain
Partitioning Key Elements of a Traceability Solution
Implementation Approach—End-to-End Product Traceability
Implementation Approach—Ingredient and Recipe Management
8. Advanced SCM: Extending In-built Functionality of Traditional Supply Chain Business Systems to Improve Process Efficiency
Appending Capabilities to Traditional SCM Solutions
Implementation Approach—Workforce Management
Implementation Approach—Sense and Respond
9. Big Data and Analytics: Collating and Analysing Multiple Data Structures Across the Supply Chain to Enhance Internal and External Operational Strategy
Leveraging Big Data in the Supply Chain
Implementation Approach—Consumer Insights
Implementation Approach—Wireless Remote Monitoring
10. Advanced Logistics: Facilitating Real-time Logistical Tracking and Last Minute Adjustments to Reduce High Transportation Costs
Traditional TMS Versus Fleet Management Systems
Implementation Approach—Logistical Decision Support System
Implementation Approach—Fleet Management
11. Conclusion: Summary of Key Themes Poised to Change the Dynamics of Supply Chain Related Activities
Six Themes—Market Opportunities and Key Applications
Future Prospects—Key Market Hypothesis
12. Legal Disclaimer
13. The Frost & Sullivan Story The Journey to Visionary Innovation
The Frost & Sullivan Story
Value Proposition: Future of Your Company & Career
Industry Convergence
Global Perspective
360º Research Perspective
Implementation Excellence
Our Blue Ocean Strategy


List of Figures & Charts

1. Supply Chain Industry: Identifying Key Activities in a Supply Chain—Industrial Markets, Global, 2014
2. Supply Chain Industry: Culminating Supply Chain Themes Driven by the IIoT, Global, 2014
3. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Material Sourcing, Global, 2014
4. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Sales and Operational Planning, Global, 2014
5. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Production Planning and Scheduling, Global, 2014
6. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Supply Chain Network Design, Global, 2014
7. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Workforce Management, Global, 2014
8. Supply Chain Industry: Thematic Opportunity Mapping—Logistics and Transportation Planning, Global, 2014
9. Supply Chain Industry: Sensors Market—Snapshot of Key Opportunities, Global, 2014
10. Supply Chain Industry: Wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communication, Global, 2014
11. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Monitoring High Value Cargo, Global, 2014
12. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Mobile Tank Monitoring, Global, 2014
13. Smartphone Market: Unit Shipment Forecast, Global, 2014 and 2019
14. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Enterprise Mobility, Global, 2014
15. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Field Service Maintenance, Global, 2014
16. Supply Chain Industry: Partitioning Key Elements of a Traceability Solution, Global, 2014
17. Supply Chain Industry: Leveraging Big Data in the Supply Chain, Global, 2014
18. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Consumer Insights, Global, 2014
19. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Wireless Remote Monitoring, Global, 2014
20. Supply Chain Industry: Traditional TMS Versus Fleet Management Systems, Global, 2014
21. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Logistical Decision Support System, Global, 2014
22. Supply Chain Industry: Implementation Approach—Fleet Management, Global, 2014
23. Supply Chain Industry: Summary of Key Opportunities, Global, 2014


1. Smartphone Market: Percent of Unit Shipment by Region, Global, 2014



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