Smart Supply Chain Management Optimization and Risk Mitigation with Artificial Intelligence

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Coenrad Adolph Groenewald, Apeksha Garg, Sai Santosh Yerasuri, Jayasundar S, Hemlata Sharma, Elma Sibonghanoy Groenewald


The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionized various industries, and its impact on supply chain management is profound. This paper explores the integration of AI technologies in supply chain management for optimization and risk mitigation purposes. The traditional supply chain management approach often faces challenges such as inefficiencies, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities to disruptions. In response, AI offers advanced capabilities to address these issues, enhancing decision-making processes and overall performance. [1] This paper reviews existing literature, methodologies, and case studies to demonstrate the potential of AI in transforming supply chain management. The paper begins by discussing the key components of a smart supply chain and the role of AI in each stage, including planning, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. AI techniques such as machine learning, predictive analytics, natural language processing, and optimization algorithms are leveraged to analyze vast amounts of data, identify patterns, forecast demand, optimize inventory levels, and streamline operations. Moreover, AI-powered predictive maintenance enhances equipment reliability and minimizes downtime, ensuring smooth production processes. Furthermore, the paper delves into risk management within supply chains and highlights AI-driven solutions for identifying, assessing, and mitigating various risks, including disruptions, supplier failures, demand fluctuations, and geopolitical uncertainties. By analyzing historical data, monitoring real-time events, and simulating potential scenarios, AI enables proactive risk mitigation strategies, such as dynamic routing, inventory buffering, and alternative sourcing options. This paper emphasizes the transformative potential of AI in smart supply chain management. By harnessing the power of AI technologies, organizations can optimize their supply chain operations, mitigate risks, and gain a competitive edge in today's dynamic business environment.

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