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OEM electronics purchasing and planning best practices

It’s not uncommon for electronics providers to source 2,000 different components to produce 500 printed circuit board assemblies. On-boarding (arrival of) OEM customer programs is considered the de-coupling point for active materials management in the scope of the greater OEM-EMS relationship. When staffing planning and procurement functions in EMS, ODM or OEM companies, matching product mix with desired experience is important.

  • Product with high number components: A planner with purchasing experience is ideal
  • Sheet metal, plastics enclosures: A buyer with planning experience
  • High-cost ASICS: Best to have separate planners and separate buyers
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