I think a lot of hype has already been created about Irene, even amongst people who are thousands of mile away from the US :). That just shows you the power of internet to connect people.
On a serious note, are there any chances of electronic supply chain getting affected if there's severe destruction because of the hurricane? Does the region fall under the area where electronic manufacturers or distributors have setups?
"So having a little extra inventory on hand makes sense" In addition I think it is a good idea to start building our houses more independently from the national network(such as electricity,gas,etc)for example why not to have a generator in case of emergency The cost for it isn't too much.
This hurricane has already caused some distractions within the ranks of many companies and it hasn't even made landfall yet. I suspect there will be disruptions to corporate travel, shipping and logistics, yet let's ask the entreprenuerial distributors and reps if they see this as an opportunity to step ahead the 10-foot line. I remember covering major storms back a few years ago and I often heard from many of the smaller, speciality distributors who braved the elements to get a prototype or sample or even a tube or rail out to a customer because the other, bigger distributor had been in a lock down or jam of their own.
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.