Now that we're all used to the concept of the Internet of Things and the Big Data that it is creating, it's time to take a look at the latest digital trend that is transforming supply chain operations. Artificial Intelligence (AI) sounds futuristic, but it's real and it's here. Anybody who interacts with an online search engine, chat bot, or talks to their Android or Apple phone is using AI. AI is defined as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs". Likewise it is described as "the science of making computers do things that require intelligence when done by humans". And importantly, intelligence is defined as "the ability to adapt one's behaviour to fit new circumstances" that is, the ability to learn.While AI has been around for more than 60 years, it has only recently started to prove useful. Some of the current areas where AI is gaining traction include successfully understanding human speech, competing at a high level in strategic game systems (such as chess), self-driving cars, and interpreting complex data. 
Countries on the African continent have not typically been viewed as places to source manufactured goods, with the exception of South Africa.
But a number of global trends and economic conditions have changed the way global procurement managers are looking at opportunities in Africa, and a wave of apparel manufacturing is taking shape there now.
It began in Ethiopia several years ago, with a few global fashion brands making initial forays and finding suppliers. Now Kenya and other East African countries are being tapped by various global brands including H&M, Primark and Tesco.