Semiconductor Scarcity Proves Automakers Need Supply Chain Solutions

By Logan Wamsley

It was not a surprise that the electronics manufacturing industry faced sizable challenges in the first quarter of 2020 following the series of global lockdowns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. What was a surprise, however, was the rapid demand that materialized following the market recovery near the end of the year, far outpacing supply…

Cash Flow vs. Inventory: Can OEMs Have Both?

By Logan Wamsley

Cash is king. This is an idiom that has long been used to drive business decisions, but in the COVID-19 economy, it has proved particularly true. On-hand capital is the life preserver that gives companies the buffer needed to survive unexpected catastrophes, such as the worldwide economic lockdown that occurred in early 2020 as a…

Supply Chain Solutions

By Michael Stratton

If you’ve worked in supply chain, you know that optimization is key for day-to-day management.  Supply chain management is not easy and it comes with a plethora of ongoing struggles: operating on thin margins, trying to improve working capital, carrying too much inventory and the costs associated with carrying that inventory, excess materials…this list could…

Last Time Buy – Manage and Prepare

By Michael Stratton

It can happen to anyone at anytime.  Your product has been in production for years, and suddenly you get the message from one of your suppliers and a component is on its way to obsolescence.  Once you hear this, you suddenly have an elephant in the room sitting next to you named Last Time Buy. …