Future Supply Chains


The future supply chain vision encompasses concepts for infrastructure sharing that go beyond common practices. This concept reviews the current state of supply chains and presents a conceptual approach that illustrates how the likelihood of change in the future.

Technique Overview

Future Supply Chains

Future Supply Chains Definition

Supply chains of the future can be characterised by the three major traits: (1) they are strategic; (2) they are dynamic; and (3) they are customer-driven (Melnyk et al., 2006).

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  • Hales, M., Perrilliat, P. and Bhardwaj, N. (2011) Key Supplier Collaboration: New Way to Drive Value. Supply Chain Management Review, July/August, pp. 50-51.
  • Hoppe, R. (1999) Outlining a Future of Supply Chain Management - Coordinated Supply Networks. [Online] Available at: web.mit.edu/supplychain/repository/network_hoppe.pdf [Accessed: 8 February 2012].
  • IBM Institute for Business Value (2010) The Smarter Supply Chain of the Future. [Online] Available at: public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/gbe03163usen/GBE03163USEN.PDF [Accessed: 8 February 2012].
  • Malik, Y., Niemeyer, A. and Ruwadi, B. (2011) Building the Supply Chain of the Future. McKinsey Quarterly. January.

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