The purpose of this assignment is to apply the concepts explored in class. You are required to complete this task individually. You should plan and research this assignment by linking material from across the entire semester. Ensure you submit by the due date as late penalties apply (as per the paper outline). Write a brief essay demonstrating your understanding of the question below. The use of original diagrams is encouraged and will be rewarded. Make sure that your essay text links to the diagram(s) to show its (their) relevance. The maximum word count is 1,500 words from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion (i.e. excluding diagrams, illustrations and the list of references). Please include a word count in your assignment paper. Assignment This assignment is based on the analysis of the diagram entitled “The in-store experience of tomorrow” and illustrates how digital and interconnected technologies will change not only the way consumers shop, but also the way retailers manage and optimise their supply chain operations in the future. Write an essay to answer the following question: How will digital technologies impact on supply chain operations in the retail industry in the future? Some questions you may consider in your essay are outlined below: • Which technologies can be leveraged to improve supply chain operations in the retail industry? • How do/will these technologies support more efficient, quicker and/or more responsive supply chain operations? • What benefits will these technologies generate both for customers and for retailers? We would like to see an integrated answer (not just listing the above questions and providing answers) using diagrams if appropriate. Integrate as many course concepts as possible into your discussion but remain focused on the main question (How will digital technologies impact on supply chain operations in the retail industry in the future?).