On the final day of Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Digital Strategies North America 2024, we heard from experts about the foundational pillars that allow the next step in digitalisation, including increasing automation using data analytics and scaling the use of AI across logistics and supply chain networks.

Ford’s Ed Stachowski, director, Data Science & Machine Learning, Supply Chain Analytics, spoke about how global data and analytics is growing and seeing even more demand. Business units like logistics, production and purchasing are increasingly going to data analytics experts to develop products that support their needs, indicating a clear demand across the industry.

Stachowski’s colleague, Becca Adam, Product Line manager, Material and Vehicle Logistics IT at Ford, pointed out that understanding which problem you’re trying to solve with digitalisation is important, as well as aligning goals and targets across business divisions.

We also heard from Logen Lytle, Operations Technology lead, Honda about the OEM’s digital transformation, and how the carmaker has set up specialist units to be able to drill down into the technology to find cases and proofs of concepts and apply them in the most efficient way.

Finally, we looked towards the future with Gerardo de la Torre, regional senior director, Supply Chain Management (SCM) USA & Mexico, Nissan Group of North America and Rajeev Puri, CTO, Industrial, Communication & Power, Kyndryl to ask what the supply chain could look like in 2034. De la Torre and Puri discussed the opportunities available with generative AI and large language mdels and how companies can transform the way they operate with these digital tools.

Stay tuned for more insight and content on our Recap blog

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Automotive Logistics & Supply Chain Digital Strategies North America 2024 took place 26-27 June at the Hutton Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, focused on digitalising North America’s end-to-end automotive supply chain. The event will return to Nashville 9-10 June 2025. 

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