Supply Chain Trends

Shaving costs from the supply chain is the priority for almost one-third of respondents to SourceToday’s 2018 Distribution Study survey. But the results also suggest that more companies are focused on boosting supply chain transparency as new threats, such as widespread parts shortages and trade uncertainties, collide with more familiar concerns.

The study uses almost 1,100 responses from SourceToday and Electronic Design readers in procurement, engineering and executive roles. The results demonstrated what has remained the same about the electronics industry’s priorities: Roughly 31 percent said that they are focused primarily on trimming supply chain costs, down from 32 percent in 2017. The number of respondents focused on creating new supply and distribution relationships fell marginally from 20 to 19 percent.

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