Affording AI

According to a new report released at Modex by MHI and Deloitte, 55% of supply chain leaders are increasing their investments in supply chain technology and innovation. The 2024 MHI Annual Industry Report, “The Collaborative Supply Chain: Tech-forward and Human-Centric,” shows that 88% of those surveyed plan to spend over $1 million, with 42% planning to spend over $10 million. The report provides insights into the latest trends and technologies revolutionizing supply chains and the priorities of those who manage them.

The report also highlighted the significant level of AI adoption and interest in the industry. 84% of survey respondents are planning to adopt AI technologies within the next five years. Furthermore, 51% of the respondents believe AI technologies will create a competitive advantage or disrupt their industry within the next ten years. As a result, company leaders are looking to integrate AI with their business processes to gain a competitive edge.

Generative AI can help optimize key supply chain processes, such as logistics, shipping, transportation, supplier selection/due diligence, and inventory management. These areas have the most significant potential application for AI in supply chain management. However, the report also notes that supply chain management faces a challenging environment due to inflation and rising capital costs.

Inflation concerns tempered growth as workforce and customer demand remain top challenges. 53% of this year’s respondents identified rising prices due to inflation as a significant or extreme challenge to their supply chain operations. Inflation can increase the cost of raw materials, labor, and other operational expenses, squeezing profit margins. To offset these increased expenses, businesses must improve their efficiency and reduce costs elsewhere in their operations.

To solve these challenges, equipment leasing can effectively help companies modernize their supply chain and be in the best position to reap the benefits. Investing in AI technology can be wise for businesses that wish to secure their financial future in the current high inflation environment. Equipment leasing can help companies acquire the required equipment before prices rise again, providing stability to plan with certainty and allocate resources efficiently without worrying about rising costs.

With leasing programs, businesses can enjoy lower upfront costs and improved cash flow, giving them the flexibility to access equipment and technology with no down payment required. This preserves capital, which can be allocated to other expenses or investments, creating more cash reserves during economic downturns. Leasing programs have the potential to significantly increase a business’s purchasing power, offering access to newer technology that might otherwise have been unaffordable. Additionally, payments are generally lower than traditional debt payments, enabling customization of the equipment configuration to match the business’s unique requirements.

At First Financial Equipment Leasing, we specialize in helping businesses make the transition to new technologies attainable and affordable. Our lease financing programs can equip any business for success by keeping working capital where needed most. Investing in AI can help your business stay ahead of the competition and succeed in today’s challenging environment. So, why wait? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.