By Brigette Currin 2 minute read

Across the UK, supply chains are under enormous pressure putting business as usual in jeopardy. New approaches need to be found for managing supply chains.

At Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub, we are launching a world first: National Digital Supply Chain Testbeds.

The National Digital Supply Chain Testbeds will involve supply chain companies working with domain experts and technology providers to build an end to end testbed that delivers on their business goals.

Central to our work is delivering real world impacts to businesses in UK supply chains. This means more than developing digital solutions but to mobilise all of our resources and that of our ecosystem to deliver value in line with three core themes:

  • Sustainability and circularity
  • Resilience
  • Collaboration

Whilst this does mean that we need to invest in technology solutions, it also means that we need to invest in supply chains so that they can be ready to benefit from the transformational solutions that the UK has to offer both now and in the near future.

The UK has one of the world’s most dynamic and well funded technology communities, but falls behind when it comes to the availability and adoption of manufacturing and supply chain technology solutions. The National Digital Supply Chain Testbeds will play a significant role in changing that.

These testbeds will focus on supply chain sustainability, resilience and collaboration in order to:
gather, create, communicate, and deliver new knowledge

  • validate existing products, services and processes
  • facilitate professional development
  • deliver business impact in real-life contexts

Applications must be submitted in full by 30 November at midnight.

Building a Digital Supply Chain Testbed –  join in