Supply Chain 4.0: Is the Borderland ready for the 4th industrial revolution?

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EL PASO, Texas - Technology has changed the way we make things and the way we buy them.

Here on the border, a strong supply chain makes sure the goods are moved successfully between countries. 

Abiel Carrillo is the president of Impulse Group. The company has 14 locations in Mexico, four in the U.S. including El Paso and Juarez, and one in Eastern Europe. It helps assist with trade across the border. 

He talked with ABC-7 about what's being called Supply Chain 4.0.

To give some perspective: production was first transformed by the use of steam and water power, the first industrial revolution.Then came electricity, giving way to Industry 2.0. Last century, computers were born: Industry 3.0. The new generation is digital, computers talking to each other, diagnosing themselves and making the supply chain more efficient. That's Industry 4.0.

"El Paso is in a wonderful position," Carrillo said. "El Paso is the largest city on the border. We have wonderful educational institutions we have trained work force we're very well positioned we just need to do it."

Here's some perspective: what if your fridge could tell you when your milk was about to expire? And it then communicated with a vendor, like Amazon to order you more. That communication would go all the way to the suppliers and manufacturers. 

"That opens huge opportunity for organizations, for manufactures, new types of jobs that didn't exist before," Carrillo said. 

So how do we get there? Carrillo said more education is needed. 

"Everyone in Juarez should speak English, everyone in El Paso should speak Spanish and both should speak Chinese," Carrillo said. 

He said the technology is already seen here in the U.S. when it comes to tech-companies like Amazon and Facebook. 

"The only way we can keep up and learn what's going on is to embrace it in our schools, in our banks," Carrillo said.

Carrillo said this technology is not the future, it's now. He says other parts of the world - like China - are already embracing new supply chain technology.

"If you're not doing it today, you're behind," he said. 

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