10 February 2000 | Elizabeth Bellamy
The supply chain manager for a major US electronics manufacturer has warned firms to "go slow" when introducing IT communications solutions, writes Elizabeth Bellamy.
Richard McCluney, supply chain integration manager at Solectron, said the firm was taking the go-slow approach to introducing the e-commerce systems necessary for its vendor-managed inventory (VMI) programme, which it adopted last January.
He said the firm was implementing the e-commerce measures "one step at a time" to ensure the best systems are put in place. Solectron plants currently use electronic data interchange to link them with suppliers. "We're not about to write out one big cheque for e-commerce," McCluney told a conference in London last week.
Solectron has cut its forecasting transmission times from nine to two weeks using VMI. McCluney said that increasing customer demands had prompted the move to give suppliers greater responsibility for inventory. "The high-tech market is very dynamic and goods have to move through the supply chain very quickly," he said.