Anyone who doesn’t believe 3D printing will impact the supply chain, and therefore logistics, should check out this article on Adidas shoes, made in Germany by pouring plastic into a mould. One worker is needed for this process at the Speedfactory, where the task is complete in seconds. As this Bloomberg article notes, compare and contrast with the two-to -three month process at factories in China and Vietnam. “Probably the biggest revolution [in the industry] since manufacturing moved to Asia”. More Speedfactories are coming: London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai. Each with shoes tailored to runners in those cities. The future is here…

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