Fit for purpose

Tailored assembly ready kitting and procurement solutions can help remove the headaches of supply chain management. By Mike Richardson.

In building the perfect beast, leading oems are fast discovering the benefits of mutual partnerships with specialist electronics manufacturing services providers that can provide the whole ‘kit and caboodle’ of assembly ready kitting services, component purchasing expertise and inventory and supply chain management. Kitting, procurement and supply chain design and management are critical elements in the process of bringing new products to market, yet are often under valued and badly implemented. The danger is that, in an effort to design and launch the product quickly, companies often concentrate on look, feel and functionality without considering how the supply chain will work prior to the first production run. The outcome is their product may miss the market ‘sweet spot’.