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Supply chain managers under increasing pressure

By: Deborah Bates
27 January 2011

Supply chain managers operating within the electronics and hi-tech industries are under increasing amounts of pressure to deliver efficient, good value logistics solutions for their companies.

That's according to the latest Hi-Tech Supply Chain Executive Survey, whose findings showed that 96 per cent of supply chain managers within these sectors feel under "more pressure than ever" to find added-value and savings.

Respondents cited improving their visibility, simplifying their supply chain activity and reducing costs as their top priorities over the coming 12 months, reported PR Web. This may mean many companies will advertise "drivers wanted", in a bid to find efficient, hard-working drivers who will add value to their firm, and improve the efficiency of their supply chain.

Additionally, the survey report suggested that: "To respond to these increased challenges, supply chain executives will look to their supply chain service and solution providers for new solutions."

According to Procurement Leaders, supply chain executives are also expected to develop and implement strategies that directly increase leads, sales and the quality of customer service provided on a day-to-day basis.

One manufacturing and resources expert, Tyler Bryson of Microsoft Corp. has given his opinion on the subject: "The economy may be down, but the number of products, suppliers and geographies that high-tech manufacturers have to manage has gone way up. This complexity is becoming an increasingly serious industry issue."

The news comes shortly after a supply chain specialist, Tom Kozenski, praised the work of supply chain professionals, claiming the industry requires skilled workers with a mix of "hard" and "soft" skills.


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