Don Olson, senior director of remanufacturing business operations with Alcatel-Lucent, explains how the concept of remanufacturing can reap cost, environmental and customer-service benefits for high-tech companies.
When it comes to high demand volatility and difficulty in forecasting, few industries match the world of consumer electronics. And Monster Products, the maker of high-quality cables and other accessories for computer, video and sound systems, faces a challenge that's especially daunting. For much of its product line, the company depends on the ever-changing nature of big-ticket items like PCs and flatscreen televisions, not to mention the fickle tastes of consumers. Now add thousands of SKUs to that mix, and you have a forecasting effort that can be brutally complex. In this interview, conducted at eyefortransport's Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit in San Francisco, director of materials Jennifer Hochstatter spoke with managing editor Robert J. Bowman about how Monster Products approaches the problem of prioritizing supply for its extensive product line, and ensuring forecast accuracy for the most critical customers.
Graybar, a distributor of electrical, communications and data-networking products, as well as a provider of related supply-chain management and logistics services, is expanding operations to three additional locations in the U.S.