Your manufacturing business isn't just known as the "product producer" anymore. With the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and rapidly advancing technology, manufacturers have become the glue that holds together the entire life-cycle of the product.
With the newest release of AX 2012 R3, you will notice the addition of significant functionality around the warehousing (WHS) and transportation (TMS) capabilities. The features are so large they now have their own modules within Dynamics AX. Because Microsoft has declared these as the way of the future for AX, the functionality and concepts will become key to future implementations of AX.