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Manufacturing AUTOMATION: COVID-19 disrupted supply chains. Here’s how automation will help

The manufacturing industry in North America will see rapid implementation of automation technologies for supply chain management to prepare for the next crisis

May 7, 2020  by Kristina Urquhart

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Tenuous relationships with overseas suppliers, outdated models of monitoring demand and a lack of end-to-end visibility created a perfect storm for manufacturing supply chains as COVID-19 lockdowns brought the world to a halt this spring.

Jonathan Wright, global head of cognitive process re-engineering at IBM, says supply chains have become increasingly lean over the past decade as manufacturers tried to meet consumer desire for low costs. Aside from new product innovations and seasonal changes, supply and demand had also remained relatively stable.

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