Automation and robots will save mankind from the need to transfer production to those areas where labour is cheap. The Internet of Things, i.e. the ability of automatic systems to communicate between themselves, will directly reduce the transaction costs that are now burdening the international supply chains. In the leading countries of the world now there are 3 robots per person, and in Korea in the next 10 years their number will double — Akhtar Shamshad, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The world of supply chains has been transformed under the influence of new technologies. <...> Digitalization can optimize all kinds of interactions. <...> We believe that this will improve productivity significantly. <...> We carefully study blockchain. When the goods are transported from one place to another, it is necessary to ensure the information stays unaltered. But we need to finalize the blockchain technology so that it’s not so expensive — Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice-President for Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs and Communications, Dassault Systemes SE.
We set the task to arrange delivery (of medicines - ed.) to the most remote regions where there are no pharmacies. We made up a whole chain of computers, aviation, and distribution centres. We can ensure that drones deliver the drug under certain temperature control conditions. <...> This is a completely new technology that we have not encountered before — Yossi BenAmram, President, Europe, Russia, Africa and Middle East (EURAM), MSD.