2012: Prepare for More Supply Chain Volatility

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nimantha.d
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Re: Consolidate the existing product lines
nimantha.d   2/6/2012 8:50:31 AM
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Yes Jacob you need to give it some time but I dont agree with you on the statement that the market is stable. I see it as that its not 100% stable. There are some hiccups which needs to be addressed soon.

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Re: A wise move.
stochastic excursion   1/30/2012 3:20:05 PM
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A buffer margin of inventory can help decouple a company's supply chain from unexpected shortages.  Adoption of this kind of practice industry-wide could help to reduce volatility in general.  The downside is that inventory could be slow to expend in the event of an unexpected falloff in demand.

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Re: Consolidate the existing product lines
Jacob   1/30/2012 5:17:30 AM
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Prabhakar, you are right. But it seems that market is in a stabilizing mood rather than volatile. Most of the corrections are taken place, but it may take up some time to reflect it in a sensible way.

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Re: compelling numbers
TaimoorZ   1/28/2012 6:50:27 PM
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I think the numbers may have been swayed away by incidents like the Japanse tsunami and floods in Thailand. Nevertheless, incidents like these have made the manufactures get used to the kind of volatility existing in the market. I think 2012 may have taught companies an important lesson on how to deal with unforeseen crisis in the supply chain.

 

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Consolidate the existing product lines
prabhakar_deosthali   1/28/2012 12:37:21 AM
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In my opinion , in a volatile situation like this which is likely to continue for another year or so, companies should not hurry in introducing new products. They should concentrate on consolidating their market position with the existing product lines with only incremental innovations. There by they can have better handle on their inventories and better predictions on their sales volumes.

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Re: A wise move.
nimantha.d   1/27/2012 10:49:35 PM
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Also a stable inventory system will be very handy when it comes for decision making and fututre predictions. That is where the system will be checked since all the reports will be questioned by the management and if the out put is not accurate then there will be a problem.

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A wise move.
Nemos   1/27/2012 5:40:58 PM
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"A good strategy is holding reasonable inventory levels; it buys much needed wiggle room in case you missed my point above about critical suppliers."

It is not only a good strategy but also a very professional and wise move. Holding reasonable inventory levels can help your company to have stability in those uncertain periods and to survive during the period of crisis. 

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compelling numbers
Barbara Jorgensen   1/26/2012 5:43:08 PM
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Paul--dollars or pounds, the five to one ratio is pretty compelling. I'm also convinced that there is still a lot of room for improvement in the electronics supply chain in terms of savings. As you can see by some of the discussions on the message boards, the regulatory environment is creating, rather than eliminating, redundancies. That's just one of the challenges companies face in any spend analysis. Thanks for the advice. On an separate note, maybe volatility is the new normal...



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