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The Phygital Omnichannel Supply Chain

Dheeraj Shah

Head - Retail Supply Chain Practice, Retail, TCS

From the Hype to the How: Building Digital Prowess in the Retail Supply Chain

The omnichannel retail supply chain ecosystem has traditionally consisted of boxes, cartons, pallets, and totes. However, the expectations of omnichannel customers—speed and flexibility, transparency, authenticity, and ethical standards—is challenging the ‘physical’ supply chain to evolve into a ‘phygital’ front runner.

While digital technologies such as IoT, AGVs, blockchain, and automation are emerging as key drivers of customer experience and operational efficiencies, they also open up discussions such as:

  • What are the parameters for maintaining the freshness of strawberries vs. meat while building IoT solutions?
  • Do drones require docking stations en route for charging?
  • Should blockchain be adopted for selective SKUs or for multiple products?
  • Must we revisit labor standards to include robots in retail facilities?

This paper discusses the key considerations for building digital prowess in the retail supply chain.

 

About the author

Dheeraj Shah
Dheeraj has more than 23 years of experience working with global retailers in supply chain strategic initiatives and pioneering the use of technologies like AI/ML, IOT, block chain, and robotics and automation.