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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Mach 6?

What if you could get your shipment from Tokyo to Paris in just a touch over 2 hours? Could you imagine how remarkably changed the world of supply chain management would be? With the hypersonic jet Waverider, this possibility is becoming closer and closer to reality. While still early in development, hypersonic jets could fundamentally change the manner that supply chains are handled, allowing for “local” material centers that are half way across the globe. While shipping would not be first on the list of focus areas for the hypersonic jets, it stand to reason that supply chains would be quick to tap into such a fast method of getting materials across the world. As in the past, the main driver at this point are the businesses and politicians who want quick and reliable movement: “The business community who wanted to be in New York in three hours made Concorde highly viable, and now there's interest on both sides of the Atlantic to jump a generation and go from supersonic flight to hypersonic flight,” EADS' vice-president of business development, Peter Robbie, told the BBC. While costs would be high for the first few years of use, it is expected that commercial flight would eventually become possible, further integrating the state-of-the-art method of travel as a viable option for travel. Likewise, the use of hypersonic jets for shipments won't be far off. While this does seem rosy at first, consider how much you've done to prepare for such a paradigm shift in the industry. What considerations has your company made for the world of mach 6 shipments?

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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