Before I sat down to write this, my first EBN Velocity blog since I assumed responsibility for Avnet's custom supply chain solutions business — Avnet Velocity — I spent a fair amount of time conferring with the editors of EBN and my Avnet Velocity predecessor Gerry Fay about their visions for the EBN Velocity project.
They shared that like its Avnet namesake, the ultimate goal of EBN Velocity is facilitate the development of a more competitive supply chain. Having spent the vast majority of my career in customer-facing positions, my first instinct is to wonder how well we have done in meeting this objective.
So, I'd like to ask you, the reader, what do you think? Has the array of blogs, feature articles, white papers, and webinars presented by EBN Velocity throughout the past year given you better insight into the global supply chain? What resources have you found to be most helpful? What would you like to see more of or hear more about? I really hope you will take a few minutes to provide some feedback that will help us to offer the EBN Velocity audience an even more rewarding readership experience.
In the 18 years I have worked within the electronics supply chain, I have seen the influence of the supply chain on both corporate profitability and the global economy grow beyond all expectations. Despite the many challenges, it is an incredibly exciting time to be in this business.
Working with many of the world's largest electronics OEMs and EMS providers over the past several years, I have had the privilege of participating in the creation and execution of some of the most creative and productive supply chain programs in our industry. I look forward to having the opportunity to share some of the lessons learned through these experiences with the EBN Velocity readers.
On the other hand, I am also eager to have the chance to interact with a more broad representation of the OEM/EMS universe. Small and mid-size OEMs are the heart and soul of our industry. I am well aware of the fact that these players face different challenges and opportunities than do their Tier 1 counterparts. I encourage readers from these organizations to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas with us here at EBN Velocity so we can work together to make the supply chain even more productive and prosperous for everyone.