Here, The Economist looks forward to the new industrial revolution, showing that 3D printing and new technology will change manufacturing for ever. Tools will no longer need to be delivered, but can be made on the spot, putting an end to the complex supply chains of today’s industry. And it argues that labour costs will no longer be so crucial to sourcing, allowing companies to near source to be closer to customers. In this predicted brave new world, logistics will be turned on its head. A fascinating, if faintly scary read.
By Alex Lennane