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Serving Up a Supply Chain History Lesson

At its inception more than thirty years ago, EBN was Electronic Buyers News. We talked about the newest products, from passives to power supplies. We talked about book-to-bill ratios and what these figures said about the health of our industry. We were the go to source for news about electronic distributors and product hawkers. Then a new idea was born: supply chain management.

Of course, for more than a century, business organizations were focused on getting the right products at the right price at the right time. Logistics, business systems, and more have evolved and changed.

The speed of business has accelerated exponentially. The complexity of systems has evolved at an alarming rate. More and more, supply chain management is seen as a strategic business initiative that can help the bottom line. It's an exciting time to be a supply chain manager in the electronics industry.

The University of San Francisco, which is engaged in educating the future crop of supply chain managers, developed the infographic below to trace the innovations, events, and happenings of the supply chain over the years.

Take a look and let us know in the comments section below about your best memories of how the supply chain has changed and evolved during your career. Then forward this article on to the young people you know… You may just be inspiring future supply chain manager.

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

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