The technology sector covers a diverse set of businesses:

  • Consumer electronics and electrical appliances
  • Computing
  • Telephone and messaging, particularly the cellular industry
  • Cameras and photography
  • Electrical engineering

The development of each sector however does follow the similar pattern of ever shortening product life cycles, a move from traditional brand to brand icons, the search for and launch of new products and indeed entirely new concepts. In addition there has been a trend towards never ending accessories, new versions, upgrades and global marketing campaigns. The sector has experienced ever-falling prices.

Manufacturing locations have been reduced as products and brands have become more standardised around the globe. The trade off that sees reduced costs of production produces a more complex logistics and stock-holding solution. Customer demands for smaller more frequent deliveries from shorter lead-times add to the complexity.

At the same time that the R&D, manufacturing, life-cycle and stock strategy has gone through a revolution, the industry has seen a revolution in sales channels largely driven by the internet and e-commerce. In addition, changes in access to and the need to access markets, such as former Soviet states and developing countries are adding to the challenges faced.

We have seen a number of issues related to this specialist industry:

  • Spare parts and accessory proliferation
  • New product introduction including regional or global launches
  • Shorter life cycles and redundant inventory
  • Reverse logistics, recycling and disposal
  • The need to share inventory over wider regions
  • Inventory reduction and redundant warehouse capacity
  • To be able to service the market directly via retail outlets and e-commerce
  • Supporting e-commerce sellers with virtual inventory
  • Supply chain visibility and event management

Graphene Partners has a range of skills and experience to support

  1. Business Process Review
  2. Lean
  3. Benchmarking
  4. Event management and control tower
  5. Regional services, parts collection, consolidation and lineside delivery
  6. Message management, the rollout of forecasts to all suppliers
  7. Asset tracking