management (SCM) is one of the most critical services an electronics
manufacturing services (EMS) provider offers. In a perfect world, the
combination of good systems, good supply chain partners and internal expertise
creates an efficient flow of material into a production system flexible enough
to deal with variations in end market demand. However, 2021 represents a
nightmare scenario for SCM teams. Chip manufacturing capacity is maxed out at a
growing number of manufacturers, government restrictions related to COVID and
utility utilization are further reducing chip making capacity, historical
demand patterns are irrelevant, good suppliers are de-committing confirmed
orders and the transportation industry is still at limited capacity. In short,
EMS SCM teams are being tested like never before. Successfully addressing these
challenges requires reimagining existing processes, tools and roles.
SigmaTron International’s SCM has been focusing on this creative realignment process for over a year, adjusting as situational variables continued to change. This whitepaper looks at four areas where this realignment has taken place:
- Staff roles
- Collaboration with customers
- Supply chain.