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5 MINUTES WITH… Philip Lavin, Development Consultant IT for Axit (a Siemens Company)

AXIT’s Development Consultant IT discusses Brexit, Digitalization, AI, Big Data, tardiness and more…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

AXIT are a wholly owned company of Siemens Postal Parcel Airport Logistics. We offer a Visibility and Collaboration solution used by some of the largest 3PLs in Europe, as well as being the platform of choice for many global manufacturing corporates.  Our USP is the simplicity and ease in collaborating with numerous disparate systems in global supply chains achieved by embracing digitalization and realizing true visibility. This is a cloud solution and is supported by the experience and know-how of Siemens, leveraging their engineering, IT and global infrastructure.

What have been the biggest challenges the supply chain sector has faced over the past 12 months?

Brexit is obviously a real concern. Supply chain security, Compliance and Customs expectations are all huge challenges which have created serious concerns for SME’s and global corporates.  Security and particularly AEO applications are processes that benefit greatly from Collaboration and Digitalisation  of all parties in the supply chain.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

Enabling companies to actively join the ‘digital world’ by mapping and joining functions and systems as one.  This speeds up results and reduces costs in terms of time, labour, investment and shareholder value.

What is the biggest priority for the supply chain sector in 2018?

Digitalisation.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2018?

Increasing ‘Brexit’ solutions.

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

From Siemens point, without a doubt, Mindsphere.

In 2020 we’ll all be talking about…?

AI, Big Data, Digitalisation 

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the sector?

Its never ending evolution.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

The people I meet and the solutions they want.

And what’s the most challenging?

Timescales.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.