E-Commerce Platforms in the Chemical Industry
Experts Share Their Opinion on how to Deal with a Possible Disruption Caused by Digital Innovation
Digitalization is a very important topic not only in the chemical industry as a whole, but also in chemical distribution. As Wolfgang Falter states in his article: Customers increasingly search online and initiate digital contacts via websites, social networks, search engines and commercial platforms. Those distributors that they do not find online are no longer present in the relevant markets.
This development has led to many discussions within the chemical distribution industry on how best to address the issue of digitalization.
CHEManager asked executives and industry experts familiar with the development of e-commerce in chemical distribution to share their opinion on what needs to be done in order to survive in an increasingly competitive environment and how to deal with a possible disruption caused by new digital developments. We wanted to know:
- Will e-commerce platforms in chemical distribution be more successful today than CheMatch, ChemSystems, ChemConnect et. al. were 20 years ago?
- Who in the chemical supply chain from principal to distributor, logistics provider, online retailer, start-up to customer will be winners/losers in online distribution?
- What do you (either alone or with partners) plan regarding online distribution?
Read the insightful answers of the experts here.
Managing director, Asellion
Executive chairman (Board of Directors), Bertschi
Managing director, Biesterfeld Spezialchemie
Managing director, Bodo Möller Chemie
Managing director, BTC Europe
Managing director, Chembid
Managing director, Chemondis
Head of Innovation Management, Covestro
Managing director, CSC Jäklechemie
Director Global Marketing, Elemica
Managing director, C.H. Erbslöh
Thomas A. Dassler
Managing director, Häffner
CEO, Harke Group
Director Coatings & Construction and managing director Germany, IMCD
Executive vice president Industrial & Chemical, Imperial Logistic
CEO, Noahs Ark Chemicals
Director Digital, Nouryon
Nember of management board, Stockmeier Holding
CEO, TER Chemicals
Chief digital officer Customers, Wacker Chemie