Why does it matter?
Breaking the physical limits of their supply chains enables organizations to do more with less, and thereby meet customers’ growing expectations for order fulfillment in a cost-efficient way.
Here are some key opportunities in embracing this approach:
1. Decoupling fulfillment from distance
2. Fulfilling more orders from a smaller footprint and with less waste
Fulfilling more orders traditionally requires covering more miles, but new new technologies—and the business models they enable—can minimize the impact of distance and borders on business.
Route-optimization algorithms are helping reduce mileage and improve on-time delivery rates. In logistics, quantum routing uses cloud-based, quantum computing to calculate the fastest route for all vehicles, taking into account millions of real-time data points about traffic congestion.
In the past, delivering more orders required expanding the footprint of fulfillment centers. By “atomizing” their supply chains into micro-fulfillment centers, organizations can serve more customers from a smaller footprint.
Fulfilling more orders traditionally requires more inventory and, as a result, more waste. Companies can now eliminate excess inventory by shipping and producing what they know customers want—and reusing what they do not want.