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Whether it’s studies on mobile commerce in Europe, surveys on cross-border logistics, or the latest white papers: Here we prepare the results of relevant studies and surveys in a beneficial form.

  • Digitization plays a key role in making supply chains more secure: This view is held by more than two thirds of a total of 150 logistics managers at German companies that have been surveyed for the 20th Hermes Barometer "Risk Management along the Supply Chain". After all, the use of advanced technologies supports data collection and analysis – and therefore plays a key role in risk analysis and management.

  • New legal regulations, geopolitical tensions, digitalization – companies with global supply chains are exposed to multifactorial events. In order to avoid disruptions or failures along the supply chain, they are well advised to proactively develop strategies that enable them to adapt quickly to changing conditions. The study "Supply Chain Plans 2024" conducted by Software Advice explores how specific approaches to strengthening resilience could work. We have summarized the most important results for you.

  • In the wake of technological change and global challenges, many companies need to rethink production processes and realign their supply chains in order to remain competitive. Digitalization, automation, cybersecurity: According to the "Smart Manufacturing Survey" conducted by IT company Avanade, there are many topics on the transformation agenda of the companies surveyed. We have summarized the most interesting results for you.

  • Digital technologies make a decisive contribution to increasing supply chain transparency: This view is held by more than two thirds of a total of 150 logistics managers at German companies surveyed for the 19th Hermes Barometer "Transparency along the Supply Chain "*. According to the poll, end-to-end visibility of the supply chain through multilateral data sharing leads to numerous benefits, such as an increased quality of deliveries and higher customer satisfaction.

  • Ecological responsibility and the use of digital technologies are currently among the key trends in supply chain management. According to the 18th Hermes Barometer "Trends in Supply Chain Management "*, this view is held by around two-thirds of a total of 150 logistics managers from German companies surveyed. For greater supply chain resilience, the respondents also rely on stable supplier relationships and the establishment of an efficient risk management. The basis for the latter is a detailed and transparent data overview – however, companies still see potential for optimization in this context.

  • An increasing number of companies is developing strategies in order to proactively avoid disruptions or failures along the supply chain. The study "Supply chains: Security under pressure – cost-optimized supply chain management for increased resilience" surveyed 320 logistics decision-makers from various countries on the risk assessment and security of their supply chain – with interesting results, also with regard to the effectiveness of preventive measures that had been used.

  • This spring, companies worldwide continue to be affected by disruptions in their supply chains and need to protect against a wide range of risks. The international consulting firm Deloitte surveyed 121 supply chain managers on the current challenges and risks in their supply chain management – with interesting results, also about Germany as a business location. We have summarized the most important findings for you.

  • Digital transformation of supply chains gains momentum

    by Editor

    Where do German companies stand in the digital transformation of their supply chains? Which technologies are already being increasingly used and what are the main drivers? Also – what are the obstacles that logistics managers are facing on their way to the logistics of the future? The comprehensive online study "Digitalization of Supply Chains" conducted by the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) and Fulda University of Applied Sciences, provides valuable information on this topic.
    We have summarized the most important findings.

  • Collaboration and data exchange within the supply chain is a decisive factor for German companies that aim to increase the efficiency of procurement processes. This view is held by two-thirds of the total of 150 logistics and supply chain managers surveyed for the 17th Hermes-Barometer on "Collaboration in the Supply Chain". Factors that promise a better overview within the supply chain, a higher degree of efficiency and more precise coordination of processes are rated as particularly critical to success. However, when it comes to implementation, companies face technological and personnel obstacles. Our recent blog post provides a detailed insight into the results of the survey.

  • The threat that is presented to supply chains by cybercrime has increased in recent years. As a result, a growing number of companies are addressing the potential risks and taking security measures. The focus has shifted in particular to the security of customer and employee data. This shift is reflected in the results of the 16th Hermes-Barometer titled "IT and Data Security in the Supply Chain" by Hermes Germany.

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