This IDC Perspective takes a look at what you can expect in the coming weeks, months, and years as the social distancing measures we are experiencing right now — school and store closings, event cancellations, audience-less sporting events and shows, remote work and schooling, border closings, increased online shopping, and carry-only services — and concerns about future pandemics and the possibility of other disasters fundamentally alter the movement of people and goods as we know them today.
The duration of COVID-19 and the level of ensuing deaths and chaos it leaves in its wake will determine to some degree the way that supply chains evolve, but the havoc that this global pandemic is already wreaking on manufacturing, retail, and society at large will have effects that will remain long after the coronavirus — this version of it, at any rate — has come and gone.
"This is a time of challenge meeting opportunity," said Jordan K. Speer, research manager, Global Supply Chain. "Many of the technologies that were poised to take a leap forward, such as 3D design and printing, autonomous mobile robots, and blockchain will be accelerated, some immediately and some over time, by the demands made on the supply chain by this global pandemic."
Executive Information , IDC Retail Insights: Global Connected Supply Chain Execution and Fulfillment Strategies