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The Intangible Benefits of a Digital Supply Chain

In 1975, tangible assets—buildings, equipment, and so on—comprised a full 83% of the combined value of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. By January 2015, that number had plummeted to 16%, meaning that today, 84% of the S&P’s value is made up of intangible assets—things like a company’s intellectual property, its customer relationships or its proprietary way of doing things. That increasingly means harnessing digital technology to do things better and faster along every link of the value chain—delivering more convenience, shortening cycle times, providing supply chain transparency and other intangibles that build stronger, more enduring customer relationships.

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