Today's global supply chain began construction before the Internet, the organization of "Who" gets "What" information "When" and "How" could greatly reduce wastage, improve the energy usage, and increase effectiveness and efficiency of physical production and distribution. Food production has a 40% wastage factor - in part because the global supply chain does not consider the farmers as key players needing iformation about delays, so agricultureal produce can get mildewed due to transportation delays, and the farmers bear the brunt. There is the "Digitizing of the Supply Chain" in the public and private sector. Many government and private services (think telemedicine, online learning) can now be digitally delivered, what are the new certifications, registrations, validations and security measures that will be needed domestically. Internationally, with different identity, payment and messaging systems in different countries, cross border services are now more costly, less timely and thus not as relivant and valuable as they might otherwise be. What are we looking at when we talk about digitizing the supply chain? Reference Vint Cerf's article on digital synergy for a down to earth look at the promise and perils.
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