The increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to revolutionise logistics and supply chain management across the globe.
Just how big that revolution will be, and how businesses are already responding to the challenge, is the focus of Professor Yahaya Yusuf’s latest research work.
He is the director of the Institute of Logistics and Operations Management at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and an internationally recognised expert in his field.
His research has examined the role of Big Data and Business Analytics when it comes to agile manufacturing practices and developing supply chain networks to support this growing way of working.
Prof Yusuf is now keen to build relationships with companies, both in Lancashire, and further afield, as he sets off on his quest to put together a full and detailed picture of the impact of AI on the logistics sector.
He says: “If organisations have already implemented AI we’re eager to look at their processes and to discover what has worked for them and what hasn’t.
“If they’re looking to implement AI and want to use Big Data effectively, then we are keen to work with them, to see how we can help them take their ideas forward.”
It is an approach he has taken into his previous leading-edge research in agile manufacturing and supply chains.
And it has seen him and his team work with a range of businesses, looking at the need for efficient organisational structures that reflect customer requirements.
They include aerospace, defence and power group Rolls-Royce and Cablepoint, a medium sized business that specialises in the manufacture of cable assemblies, wiring looms and control panels.
He says there are both benefits and challenges when it comes to the deployment of Big Data within operations and supply chains - but the bottom line has to be operational and performance improvements.
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