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Next generation Technologies for networked Europe (NEXT-NET)

Goal: To create a cross-sectoral initiative at European level so as to increase integration between production and distribution, proposing research and innovation priorities for the future of supply chains.

Date: 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2019

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Markus Witthaut
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This report is the Deliverable 2.1 entitled “Report on trends and key factors” of the Next-net project. The aim of the project is to put in place a cross-sectoral and cross-technological initiative at European level to increase integration between production and distribution proposing research and innovation priorities for the future of supply chain. The Deliverable 2.1 focuses on identifying and providing a comprehensive list of megatrends and associated trends that address critical aspects of several domains of analysis (e.g. political). The research design adopted follows two sequential phases of data collection namely literature review and experts workshop. The methodological approach of the first phase is guided by PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) framework, which examines political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental megatrends and trends that can shape the landscape of the discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing and the logistics industry. NVivo software was used for content analysis of the collected reports and articles for recognising recurring themes, namely megatrends and their associated trends. Regarding phase two, Aston University, with the support of all project partners, organised and conducted a workshop with 18 experts on December 5, 2017 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Victoria Muerza
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This chapter focuses on the identification of challenges that supply chains of the future will most likely face. The primary input in this process are the potential optimistic/pessimistic/intermediate future scenarios based on trends within political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental dimensions. Based on such input, we present a list of major challenges/opportunities in relation to the design and operations of Supply Chains (SCs) in the near future. The preliminary list is calibrated and validated based on the input from industry stakeholders (to account for the perspectives of different supply chain actors such as buyers, suppliers, policy makers, and supply chain facilitators) in order to make sure that these challenges are indeed of practical relevance and grounded in reality. The aforementioned challenges are aggregated into several clusters aiming at providing decision makers with a tool that would enable them to quickly and easily spot the relevant challenges and take proper actions to mitigate any potential risk.
This chapter presents a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for supply chain and it is the result of an intensive work jointly performed involving a wide network of stakeholders from discrete manufacturing, process industry and logistics sector to put forward a vision to strengthen European Supply Chains for 169 170 R. Fornasiero et al. the next decade. The work is based on matching visions from literature and from experts with several iterations between desk research and workshops, focus groups and interviews. The result is a detailed analysis of the supply chain strategies identified as most relevant for the next years and definition of the related research and innovation topics as future developments and steps for the full implementation of the strategies, thus proposing innovative and cutting-edge actions to be implemented based on technological development and organisational change.
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Extreme disruptive events, such as the volcano eruption in Iceland, the Japanese tsunami, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as constant changes in customers' needs and expectations, have forced supply chains to continuously adapt to new environments. Consequently, it is paramount to understand the supply chain characteristics for possible future scenarios, in order to know how to respond to threats and take advantage of the opportunities that the next years will bring. This chapter focuses on describing the characteristics of the supply chain in each of the six macro-scenarios presented in Sardesai et al. (2020b), as final stage of the scenario building methodology. Supply chains for each scenario are characterized in eight dimensions:
Trends and future developments make it necessary to discuss the future, but it is their bundling that forms a future scenario. This chapter describes six identified and verified macro-scenarios for future industry specific settings, which are shaped by various socioeconomic , political, technological and environmental future developments. The description of each macro-scenario allows conclusions to be S. Sardesai (B) · M. Stute Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 2-4, 61 62 S. Sardesai et al. drawn on supply chain developments such as circular aspects, trade impacts or necessary supply chain structures. Each future scenario is set in a conceptual framework that provides the context and meaning of possible futures and enables companies to prepare and adjust their strategies accordingly.
Aristides Matopoulos
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Companies operate in a macro-environment that is changing considerably due to large, transformative global forces namely megatrends and trends. The wave of these megatrends and trends generates new prospects as well as challenges for the future of supply chains. This chapter provides a review of 23 major megatrends and 72 trends identified in multiple dimensions along Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental (PESTLE) dimensions. The results are based on a systematic literature review and an experts’ workshop, and can be used to generate future supply chain scenarios.
This book explores supply chains strategies to help companies face challenges such as societal emergency, digitalization, climate changes and scarcity of resources. The book identifies industrial scenarios for the next decade based on the analysis of trends at social, economic, environmental technological and political level, and examines how they may impact on supply chain processes and how to design next generation supply chains to answer these challenges. By mapping enabling technologies for supply chain innovation, the book proposes a roadmap for the full implementation of the supply chain strategies based on the integration of production and logistics processes. Case studies from process industry, discrete manufacturing, distribution and logistics, as well as ICT providers are provided, and policy recommendations are put forward to support companies in this transformative process.
Aristides Matopoulos
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Next Horizons for European Supply Chains
 
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NextNet project workshop will take place in the framework of EC Industry Week on 29 January, Brussels
 
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Join us at @NextNetEU project workshop will take place in the framework of EC Industry Week on 📷 29 January, in Brussels
 
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Project meeting, Bruxelles, 1-2 October 2018
 
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Workshop to identify challenges of future supply chains, Zaragoza Logistics Center, Zaragoza, Spain, 20 September 2018
 
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Many different megatrends such as digitalization, are posing specific challenges and opportunities for supply chains creating the urgent need to adapt and rethink the way they are organized. This paper aims to define development paths (DPs), which constitute projections into the future. The DPs are based on the analysis of megatrends, which might have an impact on the design of supply chains until the year 2030. The results are 51 possible DPs, which are derived from the identified megatrends and clustered under 22 descriptors, which are in turn assigned to the PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental) dimensions. These DPs consider the underlying criteria reasonability and conceivability. They describe how the future might look like in 2030 and can be used to address developments, challenges and opportunities that may arise in supply chains. Thus, this paper creates the starting basis for further research that deals with the creation of holistic industrial scenarios affecting future supply chains.
Megatrends are large, transformative global forces of change e.g. social, technological that may affect the future of multiple industries. Due to their importance companies across different industries try to identify, analyse, and act on megatrends to secure a sustainable future; thus, these megatrends are used as a base in their strategic work with the future. This paper will shed new insights on the megatrends shaping the supply chain and logistics as well as it will raise the level of awareness of how these megatrends may affect the future of these fields.
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Workshop, SCM Conference in Santarém, Portugal, 20-21 June 2018
 
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Project technical meeting, Brussels, 14th June 2018
 
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Workshop Future Scenarios, Fraunhofer IML, Dortmund, Germany, 14 May 2018
The initial activities of the project identified current trends and possible development paths that describe future circumstances companies and societies may face until 2030. A survey has been created to validate identified paths by asking experts to give their opinion on the impact and possible effects of future paths on the supply chain of their industry. The result of this survey will support the project to identify the industrial scenarios of the future. As the future paths are categorised according to PESTLE (http://pestleanalysis.com/what-is-pestle-analysis/), the project team separated the survey into three different parts:
and Technological and Legal aspects: https://umfragen2018.iml.fhg.de/index.php/552917?lang=en .
In this workshop the Significance of the Scenarios and their Impact on the Supply Chain will be evaluated.
 
Dimitra Kalaitzi
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Project technical meeting, Milan, 12-13th April 2018
 
Aristides Matopoulos
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Workshop, Industry Week, Brussels, 21 Feb. 2018
 
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Trends workshop 5-6 December, at Aston University, Birmingham.
 
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Project kick-off meeting, Brussels, 12-13 October 2017
 
Aristides Matopoulos
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To create a cross-sectoral initiative at European level so as to increase integration between production and distribution, proposing research and innovation priorities for the future of supply chains.