Distributors and logistics providers in the Middle East will need to adopt vertical-specific digital platforms if they are to succeed in an industry roiled by changing dynamics, shifting customer habits, and changes wrought by COVID-19, according to a new white paper by IDC sponsored by Infor.
While 78% of CIOs from logistics, manufacturing and trade companies in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region are currently engaged in or about to start a formal digital transformation program, much of their success may hinge on the type of platform they adopt.
One of the most important considerations for players in the distribution business is to choose vertical-specific digital platforms, states Jebin George, IDC program manager of industry solutions, author of the whitepaper “Building the Warehouse of the Future: Catering to the New Decade”.
With spending on digital supply chain and logistics in META forecast to reach $8.5 billion during 2020-23, Infor, is well-positioned to help organizations develop such vertical-specific applications.
Khaled Al Shami, Infor director of solution consulting for Middle East and Africa, said: “The logistics and distribution sector in the Middle East is undeniably in a period of flux, with multiple forces driving change. But with the right digital transformation plan, challenges in the industry also present an opportunity for growth and development. What separates Infor from many other vendors serving the industry is our ability to offer vertical-specific solutions, and we look forward to working with a growing number of logistics providers as they adapt to the new dynamic.”