04 Jan 2021 -

Five supply chain trends to watch

Brace yourself for more regulatory scrutiny, writes Source Today, as they lay out their top five predictions for this year’s supply chain challenges.

“COVID put a spotlight on how a sudden spike in demand for certain goods can lead to unfair practices and abuse,” they report. “Expect regulators to take a tougher stance to protect against this kind of price gouging.”

According to Source Today, companies will also need to consider a more diversified supply chain and how their products are designed and built. “For example, they have to be able to accommodate variations in terms of the sub-components they are using from a variety of suppliers, which adds an element of complexity.”

The five predictions are:

  1. More use of digitised supply chain processes.
  2. Greater diversification in the supply chain.
  3. More built-in financial resilience through earlier payments.
  4. Increased regulatory scrutiny.
  5. Increased focus on the domestic economy and local trading partners.

To avoid electronics supply-chain disruptions, you may also wish to consult an expert in electronics component supply. With more than three decades years of supply-chain expertise, Astute Electronics is ideally placed to work with you on your daily component requirements.

Either through the hundreds of manufacturers we purchase directly from, or the international network of component supply-partners offering full product traceability, Astute Safe-Supply, run by sourcing experts and offers a deeper insight into the global components markets.

With real-time access to the latest listings and prices cultivated through several decades of close supplier partnerships, we are able to spot price disparities and leverage product price variances to deliver cost-effective solutions to customers, whilst ensuring a quality, risk-free supply.

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