30 Sep '12, 8am

EMS: To Win, Focus on Speed, Not Just Cost via @ebnonline

What's the winning business proposition in today's outsourced electronics manufacturing business? Surprisingly, the answer is not cost, leverage, or the aggregation of supply and demand, three attributes often cited as principal virtues by outsourced manufacturing firms. Instead, in our view, the key factor for success in the current business environment for outsourced manufacturing is speed -- delivering reduced time to market. While still essential, cost-cutting is only one factor at this point. Rather, improving the velocity and responsiveness of the supply chain is the key element of success. For years, cost reduction has been among the top selling points for the outsourced manufacturing industry. However, this raises the issue of which specific costs should be the target of the cuts. To be sure, outsourced manufacturing companies and their customers have spent years s...

Full article: http://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?doc_id=247738&section...

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