The self-driving mother vehicle has found its way into the residential area and parks centrally. Drones unload it before delivering the packages. By 2040, this scenario may well have been part of everyday life for some time. Just as feasible is that by then, there could be a special pipeline system via which the “last mile” to the recipient can be covered for mailings. Such future scenarios arise from the necessity to get to grips with rising online orders and increased delivery traffic.
A research team headed up by Martina Schiffer from the Department of Factory Planning and Production Management at Fraunhofer IPA together with Georg Pietrzak and his colleagues from Ginkgo Management Consulting have investigated how Supply Chain Management (SCM) is set to change by the year 2040 as part of a study. In addition to urbanization and digitization, they have identified a further eight megatrends that will impact value chains over the coming two decades.