Ariella, your comments are exactly right. Many warranties aren't spelled out without using some loopholes. It seems like today many products have become throw away products. If something goes wrong with them, it is cheaper for you to throw them away and buy a new one rather than paying to repair it. This even includes something’s covered under warranties. I personally have at least 2 companies that I won't buy their products anymore after dealing with their warranty departments and their contradictive statements. That is definitely a few cases where brand recognition comes into play.
I wonder if there are stats around that show how many people put in a claim on a warranty versus how many people just didn't bother and either fixed the problems themselves or replaced the product. Some warranty are rather sneaky in their wording so that you buy the product thinking everything is covered and then find out that what you want to claim is excluded for some reason. Also when you have coverage for parts but have to pay for labor, it does not necessarily help you much.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.