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2015 Supply Chain Trends Survey - Jabil and Dimensional Research

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Jabil sponsored a global Dimensional Research survey of electronics manufacturers to capture hard data on current experiences, challenges and supply chains. Participants ranged in roles and company sizes with questions that spanned a variety of topics such as visibility, factory-of-the-future technology, the Internet of Things and more. The results show some of the biggest trends in supply chains for 2015.

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2015 Supply Chain Trends Survey - Jabil and Dimensional Research

  1. 1. 1 April 2015, Conducted by: A Survey of Electronics Manufacturers 2015 Supply Chain Trends
  2. 2. Methodology and Participants
  3. 3. 3 Goals and Methodology Research Goal The goal of this survey was to capture hard data on current experiences, challenges and trends with the supply chains of electronics manufacturing companies. Methodology An online survey was sent to independent databases of professionals working at companies that manufacture electronics goods. Questions were asked on a variety of supply chain topics, including visibility, factory-of-the-future technology, Internet of Things and more. Participants A total of 315 individuals completed the survey. All had responsibility for their company’s supply chain. Participants included a mix of roles and company sizes.
  4. 4. 4 Companies Represented: Industry & Size Company SizeTypes of Goods Manufactured Less than 100 19% 100 - 1,000 39% 1,000 - 5,000 21% More than 5,000 21% 4% 5% 6% 8% 8% 10% 10% 10% 12% 12% 14% 16% 21% 27% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Robotics Networking and… Mobility Home entertainment Point of sale (retail) Consumer lifestyle and wearables Defense and aerospace Other electronic goods Printing, scanning, or card readers Healthcare Semiconductors Computing and storage Automotive Industrial and energy
  5. 5. 5 Companies Represented: Location & Complexity # of Supply Chain Countries Complexity of Supply Chain Just one 11% 2-5 34% 5-10 24% More than 10 31% Simple 12% Moderate 37% Complex 33% Very complex 18%
  6. 6. 6 Companies Represented: Respondents’ Roles 10% 2% 6% 6% 6% 7% 7% 11% 11% 12% 22% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% Other Logistics Distribution Product Marketing Inventory Management Purchasing or procurement Business executive Research, development, or design Supply chain management Product Management Operations Management
  7. 7. Supply Chain Visibility Detailed Findings
  8. 8. 8 11% 3% 29% 32% 36% 39% 58% 61% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% We do not face challenges with the visibility of the supply chain Other Lack of information about pipeline results in idle labor or line capacity Dependencies are not well documented so it is difficult to evaluate the impact of problems Underlying inventory drivers are not well understood Information about inventory levels is updated slowly Difficult to track and report on service levels from our vendors Must maintain excess inventory to mitigate risk within the supply chain 89% face challenges with lack of visibility into the status of their supply chain Do you face any challenges with visibility into the status of your end-to-end supply chain? Most frequent “Other” visibility into risk and mitigation, and lack of management support
  9. 9. 9 4% 11% 13% 17% 19% 21% 22% 25% 42% 47% 53% 58% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Lack of visibility does not introduce supply chain risk Lack of flexibility in transportation methodologies Lack of risk assessment during design stage Cannot effectively track supplier financials and business… Difficult to document trade compliance Sole sourcing introduces vendor risk Security Hard to manage part quality Hard to change locations if business environment shifts Difficult to manage capacity Need to allow for extra shipment time Lead times longer than desired 96% report lack of visibility introduces risk to their supply chain Does lack of visibility introduce risk in any of the following areas of your supply chain?
  10. 10. 10 10% 42% 18% 11% 16% 3% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% None of it Less than a quarter Less than half More than half More than three quarters All of it 70%have real-time status updates for less than half of their supply chain Approximately how much of your supply chain can be tracked with real-time status updates?
  11. 11. 11 82% would take days to understand the impact of an extreme global weather event In the case of an extreme global weather event (i.e. tsunami or hurricane) about how long would it take you to fully understand the impact on your supply chain? 4% 14% 55% 27% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Immediately A few hours A few days A few weeks
  12. 12. 12 8% 46% 47% 59% 77% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% These would not be valuable to us Excess inventory or inventory shortage reports Risk assessment reporting Real-time alerts on problems Dashboard with end-to-end visibility into supply chain status 92% would find value in increased visibility and management capabilities Which of the following capabilities for increasing visibility and management of your supply chain would be valuable to your organization?
  13. 13. Supply Chain End-to-End Solutions Detailed Findings
  14. 14. 14 Half have abandoned an idea because of price or procurement complexity Has your company ever abandoned a product idea because of the price or complexity of procuring components? Yes 51% No 49%
  15. 15. 15 7% 42% 49% 55% 58% 67% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% There would be no benefit Independent, timely review of suppliers and components Streamlined negotiation and contracts process Diminished component costs through volume purchasing Expertise in materials marketplace Better integration of procurement and inventory management 93% see potential benefit in supply chain vendors helping procure components What benefits could your company gain if your supply chain partners and vendors helped you with component procurement?
  16. 16. 16 Working with a single partner across product lifecycle seen as very valuable How valuable would it be to work with a manufacturing partner that provides solutions across the entire product lifecycle from idea to distribution? 53% 40% 7% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Very valuable Somewhat valuable Not valuable
  17. 17. Factory of the Future Detailed Findings
  18. 18. 18 8% 26% 29% 35% 45% 54% 58% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% We have no obstacles with our manufacturing processes No flexibility to integrate new product components (i.e. adhesives, photonics, precision mechanics) Does not cope well with complex product designs Cost of labor is driving up costs Manual processes are too slow or too error prone Very expensive to make changes once in production Difficult to change existing processes Existing manufacturing processes lack flexibility What obstacles do you face with your existing manufacturing processes?
  19. 19. 19 Insufficient manufacturing processes limit product portfolios Has your company ever passed on a product idea because existing manufacturing processes were insufficient? Yes 57% No 43%
  20. 20. 20 Manufacturers see value in “factory of the future” technologies How valuable to your business would it be to have access to these “factory of the future” technologies? 36% 37% 38% 46% 48% 52% 53% 54% 30% 48% 38% 43% 38% 39% 39% 36% 33% 15% 23% 12% 14% 10% 8% 10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 3D printing Virtual reality design and prototyping Robotics Rapid prototyping Modular assembly Increased manufacturing automation Predictive supply chain analytics Advanced materials technology Very valuable Somewhat valuable Not valuable
  21. 21. 21 Faster, cheaper delivery would increase pace of product launch If your company’s manufacturing processes supported FASTER delivery, would you launch new or upgraded products more frequently? If your company’s manufacturing processes supported more COST EFFECTIVE delivery, would you launch new or upgraded products more frequently? Yes 78% No 22% Yes 80% No 20%
  22. 22. Internet of Things Detailed Findings
  23. 23. 23 Electronics manufacturers moving forward aggressively with development of “Things” What is the status of your company’s products for the Internet of Things? We have “Things” in production 30% We are in development with “Things” 23% We are planning to develop “Things” but have not yet started 22% We have no plans for “Things” 25%
  24. 24. 24 77% lack skills needed to fully deliver IoT solutions Do you have expertise in-house today to help you fully deliver IoT solutions including hardware, software, connectivity, analytics, security, back end infrastructure, etc.? All areas 23% Most areas, but not all 39% Lacking key areas 38%
  25. 25. 25 IoT forcing manufacturing companies to acquire new skills Development of “Things” can require an organization to develop new skills. Which of the following additional skills will you need to acquire or have you acquired in order to deliver “Things” solutions? 3% 33% 37% 40% 40% 44% 46% 47% 50% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% We have not changed our skill set and have no plans to Big Data Inter-device communications Sensors Cloud technologies for connecting and storing information Device software User experience and usability Analytics Security
  26. 26. 26 “Things” data could have significant impact What potential value do you see in using data connected by “Things” to drive product innovation? 31% 47% 53% 55% 57% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Changing packaging based on sales metrics Measure feature usage to impact user design Understand failures to increase quality Creating new products, services, or business models Deliver additional product capabilities
  27. 27. 27 www.jabil.com For more information… Jabil Blog: www.Jabil.com/blog www.dimensionalresearch.com Dimensional Research Blog: www.dimensionalresearch.com/blog

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