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Four Strategies for Mitigating Supply Chain Disruption

In a perfect world, component suppliers increase production as demand increases. In the real world, component supply and demand is a delicate equation that can become imbalanced for a number of reasons. In 2020, COVID-19 driven supply chain disruption was balanced by reductions in demand as global shutdowns reduced production activities. In 2021, unanticipated pent-up consumer demand, 5G ramp-up, increased medical equipment production and periodic COVID-19 related supplier shutdowns have created materials market constraints and increased costs. Reduced transportation capacity driven by reduced sea and air passenger travel is adding to this disruption.

Supply chain management is a core electronics manufacturer services (EMS) provider discipline that gets tested when supply chain disruption occurs. EDM, an EMS provider in Lynchburg, VA sees four strategies that can help mitigate supply chain disruption:
  • Component engineering/product lifecycle management support
  • Aligning forecasts with market dynamics
  • Stocking programs
  • Finished goods kanbans.

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