In the "here today, obsolete tomorrow" world of electronics, no supply chain partner wants to get stuck with mountains of parts for yesterday's hot-selling cell phone or PC. But running a lean operation doesn't have to mean pushing your inventory problems onto someone else. Solectron found a better way.
Large software vendors that once cared only about reeling in the big ones are discovering something the smaller WMS vendors have known all along: There's good fishing to be had among the small and medium-sized companies too.
Eerily quiet truck stops. Executives vying for the position of vice president in charge of tree planting. Retailers sharing proprietary information with third-party service providers. Cut-throat competitors shipping their products in the same truck. Welcome to the average workday of the not-so-distant future.