Business View Magazine - Dec 2023

approached pre-pandemic levels. The primary challenge in 2024 will be commodities costs, which are expected to remain high, driven by labor inflation and currency exchange rates. Optionality in supplier selection will go a long way toward mitigating these costs in the coming year. 5. AI and Analytics will Gain Momentum and Acceptance. Increased adoption of AI, predictive analytics, digital twins, and machine learning (ML) will gain greater momentum and acceptance in the year ahead. Together, these advanced data- driven tools will deliver real-time visibility and actionable business insights to help companies respond with greater speed in bolstering supply chain resiliency. In 2024, ongoing investments in enriching data ecosystems will elevate overall demand and supply planning initiatives. Excess inventory is a great example, as machine learning and AI can optimize inventory health and velocity while generating a much clearer picture of potential outcomes to improve decision making. constant concern for global supply chains, which is why it’s increasingly critical to select the right suppliers in the most favorable regions closest to end customers. As global markets rebalance inventory levels, optionality becomes a core strategy to mitigate the impact of issues such as foreign currency exchange rates and geopolitical volatility. This strategy will be particularly important in the electronics industry in 2024, with an even stronger bias in Mexico and Southeast Asia. 3. An ‘Inventory Hangover’Will Persist.High demand in 2021 and 2022 led to significant inventory investments. The result, which has been called an “inventory hangover,” loomed heavy in 2023. However, this should dissipate by the second half of 2024—or possibly during the third quarter of next year – as inventory levels continue to rebalance. This will occur first at the component level, then work through raw materials. 4. There’s a Sunny Forecast for Freight and Logistics. One bright spot in 2023 was logistics costs returning to a balanced state that almost 8 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 10, ISSUE 12