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Our Quick Notes On Supply Chain Automation


Part of our new “Quick Notes” series – this report answers your most pertinent questions of the topic.

Do not be deceived by their short nature – these notes are only 22 pages or so. But these are 22 pages of potent dynamite that will supercharge your thinking in the right direction.

Included are quick notes and some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on supply chain finance that we have encountered in our workshops, seminars, and other forums.

Here are some of the topics and questions covered in these quick notes:

What is meant by the term ‘supply chain automation’?

Currently, out of the two areas outlined in the answer above, where do we see the most amount of automation within supply chains?

What are all the additional costs of automation – including the hidden costs that most novices do not see till it is too late?

What are the benefits an organisation gains from automating its supply chain?

Is automation always profitable? When should we automate a manual process – whether in the office, or on a shop-floor?

Which are the KPIs that can be improved by automation? How to keep track of these KPIs?

What are some of the least known but most important factors that play a key role in the automation process in 2020 and beyond?

We have an annual goal to improve the current turn around time. How can we do it by using automation?

Will the small and medium scale enterprises get benefited by automating their supply chain? If yes how?

Are there any weaknesses in supply chain automation fortress?

What are the main barriers that prevent companies from implementing supply chain automation? Howe can we overcome these barriers?

What are the current trends in supply chain automation and how are these trends evolving?

How the automation process will affect the employees in an organisation?

What are the future employment opportunities that supply chain automation will generate?

How will the supply chain automation evolve in future?

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If you do not act on what you know, then you have no advantage over the person who does not know what you know. Feel free to ask more questions if your particular question is not answered in these notes.

Why we are qualified to write these notes?

Over the last three decades we have led and worked on more than 500 projects in supply chain flows including use of business intelligence in dozens of industries and countries.

VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW SUPPLY CHAINS LIKE WE DO – Retail, beverages, food, milk, dairy, meat, livestock, explosives, chemicals, cotton, rice, graphite, solar power, natural gas, crude oil, fertilizers, electronics, packaging, glass manufacturing, machine parts, automobiles, industrial goods, mining, etc are just some of the industries where boards and executives have benefited from our proprietary knowledge. 

Since when no one had heard of supply chain, our co-founder Vivek Sood has been considered one of the most authoritative professionals in the field when it comes to the subject of supply chains restructuring in his clients’ corporations in Australia, Asia, North America, South America and Europe.

He has written four seminal books about restructuring supply chains to gain massive advantage in business. He also regularly delivers keynote speeches at business schools and conferences such as University of Technology Sydney, Supply Chain Asia, Asian Bankers Forum, APEC Business Advisory Council.

He has been quoted in the authoritative business press and over 100 academic papers written by supply chain researchers around the world. Vivek and his team have examined thousands of supply chains during their projects over the last three decades and helped hundreds of executives build safe, cost effective and sustainable supply chains and careers.


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Today, Vivek and his partners are among 20-30 people on the planet earth who have this deep understanding of supply chain systems, practices and tools. CEOs, COOs, executives and Boards call them in most challenging situations once they know the full potential of supply chain based transformations. Following are key milestones in Vivek’s journey:

  • Started in 1983 as a merchant navy cadet at 18 years age, worked his way to qualify as a Captain – qualified to take command of any merchant ship, worldwide.
  • Earned a top tier MBA from UNSW at the top of his class.
  • Joined highly regarded strategy consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton, consulting to the CEOs, Boards and senior management of global corporations within Australia.
  • To learn and specialise in supply chain – against all odds, sought out the co-inventor of supply chain in Germany and convinced him to be a partner in his firm, GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN GROUP, launched in January 2000.
  • More than 500 successful blue chip projects with high impact business transformations in large corporations using the full power of SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT.
  • 4 Seminal and path breaking business books IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT – these are available in bookstores and universities and libraries worldwide.



Our Clients come from a variety of industries – yet they have a common element. They rarely rest on their laurels, and are always looking to do better with less resources.


In the last 20 years we have completed more than 500 projects. Click below to see a sample of our projects.


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