This article was originally published in Supply Chain Asia, Aug 12, 2020.
After decades of globalization and a migration to just-in-time (JIT) supply chain practices, everything changed — causing massive disruption to supply chain organizations. U.S. brick-and-mortar markets are projected to suffer a historic 14 percent decline this year. Meanwhile, e-commerce is set to surge by 18 percent overall, with speciality markets for household essentials — including food, beverages and personal care items — growing by as much as 58 percent[i]. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), fulfilment centres and logistics service providers (LSPs) around the world have felt the pressure to either adapt to these rapidly changing consumer demands and adopt new operational practices, or risk getting left behind.
Matt Smith serves as the Business Unit Specialist for the Supply Chain Management Services offering through Tech Data’s Global Lifecycle Management. Matt has 17+ years of experience in the contract transportation and logistics business fostering relationships and implementing programs that have solved a wide array of customer challenges. He is responsible for supply chain business development functions across APAC, EMEA and AMR to drive profitable revenue streams as well as solutions design supporting global technology OEMs.