Lalit Wadhwa is Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations at Avnet Electronics Marketing. Based in Phoenix, his team is responsible for helping Avnet customers that need to seamlessly move their supply chains from one region of the world to another, across multiple locations. As well, he is responsible for ensuring customers receive consistent supply chain business processes across Avnet's regions. Mr. Wadhwa is a 24-year Avnet veteran with more than two decades of operations, supply chain, and materials management experience. He also serves as a board member on the Central District for the Junior Achievement of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics, and Communications from Delhi College of Engineering in New Delhi, India.

Big-Data Initiatives Drive Procurement Strategies

As big-data initiatives create expectations of competitive advantage, organizations are beginning to come to terms with the challenges ahead. While data quality issues take center stage, the ability to meaningfully integrate structured enterprise data — frequently housed across multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, planning systems, manufacturing and production systems, customer relationship management (CRM), warehouse…

High-Tech’s Total Cost Quandary

As the complexity of customer needs continues to evolve rapidly, everyone must create solutions matching those needs. Understanding total costs involved in delivering these solutions is necessary to evaluate cost-service tradeoffs and ensure that customer requirements are addressed in a profitable manner. The analysis and quantification of all activities and associated costs incurred in order…

Addressing Supply Chain Skill-Set Gap

As supply chains in the high-tech industry continue to increase in complexity and geographical diversity, organizations are demonstrating eagerness in shaping and addressing the skill set needs of their supply chain resources. Their focus is not limited to Asia alone, though the demand-supply imbalance on that continent lends an added urgency. Indeed, most large high-tech…

Resilience in Complex Supply Networks

As extended supply chains in the high-tech industry continue to straddle multiple geographies, new vulnerabilities get introduced. Each additional supplier, manufacturing site, or distribution center is a potential failure point in the extended network, and large disruptions can have significant impact on revenue, customer experience, and brand loyalty. Natural disasters over the past few years…

Enhanced Visibility Key to Supply Chain Efficiency

As Tier 2 OEMs in the high-tech industry continue to expand their manufacturing footprint across multiple geographies, managing operational execution along multiple points in their extended supply network becomes increasingly complex. In many cases, an OEM's manufacturing strategy uses a combination of multiple contract manufacturers (CM) and wholly owned subsidiaries. Each of these globally dispersed…

Judging Supply Chain Performance

Most global companies with a manufacturing footprint in multiple regions of the world find their similar-looking inbound component supply chains actually behave and perform very differently across various sites. Companies are surprised to see variations in component pricing, lead times, safety stock levels, upside buffer inventory levels, package quantities, and several other factors, which ultimately…