Supply Chain Discussion: Are Investors Flocking to Supply Chain and Logistics Companies?
Harbinger Singh is a managing partner at Innovation Endeavors. They are an early-stage venture capital fund based in Palo Alto, California. They focus on applying emerging technologies to big physical world problems in two areas. These are supply chain and logistics, life sciences, transportation and climate on the one hand; and enterprise infrastructure on the other.
Singh, who teaches entrepreneurship classes at Stanford University, says Innovation Endeavors has a long history of investing in supply chain and logistics.
“We like big problems. We like teams that are thinking about having a large impact on emerging problems. We are primarily very driven by the team and what the size of their vision is. Secondly, we are looking for an opportunity to apply emerging technology to one of the big physical world problems and make a disproportionate impact. We want to meet companies at the very earliest stages and help them get going. And we want to be there as they grow. People are pushing their nodes and their warehouses closer to the customer. What's the implication of that? - Harbinger Singh
Singh is studying the densification of supply chain networks and scenario planning.
By scenario planning, supply chain managers must be prepared for such things as trade wars, inflation, labor shortages, “COVID shock” and fuel price fluctuation.
“There hasn’t been much innovation in this space.”
At Nucleus, we can't help but think that our 4PL Supply Chain as a Service model is, as far as scenario planning goes, still innovative and cutting-edge. The model is robust and has worked in a number of industries and in a multitude large customers in different geographies over the last nearly three decades. And yet it is still ahead of its time, a time which is inevitable.