Freight Costs, Profitability & Environment Top Supply Chain Concerns for Canon, Sharp, Tandberg & Others

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In a Q&A series featuring Canon, Sharp and Tandberg, senior supply chain executives discuss their big challenges for the coming year, and which tools they plan to use to tackle them.

‘Retaining cost and service levels achieved during the crisis,’ and ‘environmental concerns’ were cited as the biggest supply chain challenges facing hi-tech supply chains this year by Canon and Sharp.

In a Q&A Series with eyefortransport, Alexander Hemler, Director of European Transport at Canon; Johan Jemdahl, SVP Supply Chain at Tandberg; and Mark Servidio, VP Logistics & Environment at Sharp discussed 2010 supply chain concerns, horizontal collaboration, supply chain tools and their dream supply chain solutions.

When asked if hi-tech companies will be able to benefit from horizontal collaboration, Hemler responded that the ‘Hi-Tech Industry has no choice,’ but stresed that ‘there appears to be no standards business model yet’ for hi-tech companies to engage in supply chain collaboration with each other.
Improved visibility tools, CO2 emissions measurement tools, ERP, and APO were named as the most influential supply chain tools for hi-tech companies this year, with visibility and ‘transparency’ cited as the key goals.

Hemler, Jemdahl and Servidio were also asked what their dream supply chain solution would be, however unrealistic it may seem. Their answers ranged from the practical ‘Customers ordering once a week,’ Servidio, to the futuristic, ‘A virtual supply chain where...only data needs to be shipped,’ Hemler.
Hemler, Jemdahl and Servidio will be expanding on these topics as speakers at the Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit, May 26-27 in Amsterdam. The Summit is complimentary for supply chain executives from hi-tech & electronics manufacturers and retailers.

The event offers elite learning and networking opportunities specifically focussed on hi-tech supply chain issues. Other speakers include Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Infineon, Fujitsu, IBM, Panasonic, Walt Disney and others.

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