Supply Chain Shifts Demand Service Models that Front Savings and Quality
During the recent months, the industry news has focused on positive disruptions from new growth opportunities. The growth forecasts are based in IoT device expansion coupled with the strategically lower-priced end-devices for consumer markets globally. With price a critical element to the growth opportunities, supply chain shifts and new competition have companies exploring new relationships and service models that improve margins. This week, Smith's Jennifer Kabbara, Trader Development Manager, discussed in Global Purchasing the shift by purchasing managers to the independent distribution channel to realize significant cost savings while maintaining top quality. Also in the supply chain news is the discussion building around the direction of industry standards and quality metrics for maintaining counterfeit vigilance, as Matt Hartzell, Smith's Chief Operating Officer, discussed in Electronics Purchasing Strategies.
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PC Outlook – Looking for stability
IoT news dominates the headlines, as do the market movements of smartphones and the question of smart device saturation in mature markets. Creeping more and more into industry news is the PC forecast, which, until recently, had been relegated to the negative news pile. Although much discussion has been tossed around regarding tablet cannibalization of the traditional PC market, laptops, notebooks, and desktops for enterprise use are not being displaced; their cycles have changed (see this Smith MarketWatch Quarterly report on early positive disruptions by smart devices).
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