Also the recent article applies about thinking in terms of creating an ecosystem when developing corporate partnerships. Efficiency is a good example as a trade-off in managing a supply chain. I recall hearing that fuel injection systems are all made with components sourced from two factories in Japan. When the earthquake hit, these factories were shut down and for a while there was no way to make a fuel injection system. Some cars still have carburated engines and, though these engines are less efficient, at least their supply chain was uninterrupted. So, having an eye on continuity and the resources to maintain it is good practice.
Well said, and many of the comments reflect the true overall problem. It is what I call the "Diet" approach to life...a crisis...a reaction...a temporary fix...that quickly fades away, or worse becomes a permanent bandaid. In every area of life this seems to take its course for individuals, companies (big or small) and governments...human nature.
The Supply Chain requires discipline, vigilance and relationship to be effective. Reactions to events inhibits disciplines that need to be set and proactively implemented. Technology can lull you to sleep limiting vigilance. The price issue throws out relationship, which is what saves you in an effective supply chain.
Wherever you see excellence you will at least see these virtues and when they are developed in an individual, company and government everyone prospers. My company World Micro prospers in this environment bringing solutions to many of the problems our customers struggle with everyday. Our goal is to work with them to develop a more managed pro-active approach to their supply chain in the areas we specialize in versus constantly getting caught in the reactive nature. No more Diet Programs.
I've had the misfortune to visit a few production lines and find "temporary" solutions that have been there for months (years?). When something goes wrong, the inmediate reaction is to get it fixed - ASAP! ... after that, there's no finding out what when wrong or if the new solution is actually the best solution.
Companies spend ~100 million dollars range to implement supply chain ERP systems. In my honest opinion, companies can achieve the same benefit by not implementing those "fancy" software but have a better collaboration efforts within the cross function and with the vendors/ customers. I know it's not easy but I just feel that SAP or Oracle have too many restrictions. They basically forcing companies to do things a certain way.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." That true with most of the industries and marketing situations. Especially when it comes to marketing and business world, manufactures and supply chain companies are doing the same sort of business using different strategy for capturing the business. In mathematics it’s named as permutation and combination. Trying different combination at different instants.
I agree with you to a point. I believe companies with lower tech capabilities but high levels of communication and collaboration with their supply chain partners trumps hi tech but limited communication and collaboration every time.
I agree this is a great article, and I can think of insane Supply Chain in two main segments; Sustaining and NPD.
Both are definitely different processes to procure materials, however when NPD is using resources from legacy products and "issues hit the fan" that's when components assigned for daily manufacturing process will have to be re-direct to launch new products using resources and materials designated for products already released for production.
Basically even when the company assess the likehood of occurrence of having an financial impact all the plans and the strategy is put aside to keep the business running and customers as happy as possible.
There are many strategies that can be employed to bolster the sustainability of your supply chain, including buffer capacity, dual- and multi-sourcing, delayed differentiation, component commonality, and process standardization.
Dual- and multi sourcing is great stratergy. After the tragic events that happened in Japan, do you think companies are adopting this strtergy ?
Technology is a key component to any contingency and supply chain continuity planning, especially as it relates to all the different systems involved in the entire supply chain process.The way companies apply technology within their supply chain can be the differentiator amongst the competitive playing field.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
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.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
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.