Welcome to The Velocity Report. This month's edition covers a wide range of issues and reminds me that there is no shortage of interesting topics in today's electronics supply chain.
We start out with supply chain analytics, a subject being actively debated by leading decision makers looking for cutting edge solutions. Here, Laurie Sullivan reports on a large-scale survey revealing a relationship between the use of analytics and the degree to which successful CPOs separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Jennifer Baljko turns her attention to analytics as well in her Betting on Analytics as Supply Chain's Next Big Thing, but cautions that the "...data has to be accurate first, and not many companies can say that's true about their existing data."
Another subject you'll see here in more than one post is cycles. Speaking with EBN editor-in-chief Brian Fuller, Microchip CEO Steve Sanghi names "more frequent cycles" as one of a pair of semiconductor industry problems -- problems, according to Sanghi, of the supply chain's making. And wrapping up his three-part series on fighting counterfeit components, Steve Martin points out that decreasing lifecycles could spur expediency issues and in turn lure buyers into considering "a less than reputable source." If you're not sure about a source, take a look at the four concrete steps he recommends for assessing authorized suppliers and avoiding exposure to counterfeits.
The second post from Jennifer Baljko might at first glance appear to have more to do with waves (of demand) than cycles. But after noting that some supply chain managers may want to brace for mobile phone component supply disruptions, she points out that that "supply-demand fluctuations ...cycles seem to be more the norm than the exception these days." Wrapping up this Velocity Report edition, I end with some personal thoughts on risk management in my post Everything Has a Cost.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming Avnet Velocity/EBN webinar "Facing Supply Risks: Korea, Europe, and Future Supply Chain Shocks" on July 9. We have some excellent speakers addressing a topic important to us all.
Until next time...