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8th Annual Hi-Tech & Electronics Supply Chain Summit - The Americas October 28th, Bay Area, CA

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This year's Hi-tech and Electronics Supply Chain Summit is set to feature a panel on the role of start-ups in the hi-tech supply chain, featuring speakers from Lytro (a camera start-up), AT&T and the former CFO of Jawbone. Enter your details on the right to download all key event details including session topics, leading executives involved, and how to register for your pass!

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James Franz is Head of Supply Chain at Canary, an innovative security technology start-up, and former Senior Director of Supply Chain for Haier America. 

From your perspective, what are some of the challenges start-ups need to tackle early-on in their operations to ease themselves into the hi-tech industry?

Today, start-ups fall into 2 categories - product and non-product. Non-product start-ups do not need to worry about actually bringing a physical product to market. These companies rarely, if at all, need a supply chain person. Start-ups that will be producing consumer goods will absolutely need to have someone on staff with supply chain experience no later than 6 months before product release. This will allow the supply chain person to have all the necessary infrastructure in place to successfully fulfill the company's product release sales plan. This person will also need to make sure that the initial infrastructure that is installed has the ability to scale up very rapidly as product in this category tend to sell quickly. Some of the things a supply chain person needs to consider when at a start-up are:

  • Does the company have a UPC code? If not, you need to apply for one.
  • Will you use a 3PL to distribute the product or run the warehouse yourself? Where should the distribution point be located?
  • What tariff code should your product be classified as? If this is a grey area, a binding ruling from customs should be undertaken.
  • Do you have IT infrastructure?
    • Do you have an ERP system? If not, what do you use until the company can invest in one? Which ERP system is right for your company and when is the right time to implement one?
    • If dealing with US retailers, do you have EDI capabilities? If not, how do you bridge this gap?

What is the key way that ‘supply chain’ has evolved that is making it more start-up friendly? (Cloud systems, 3PLs, outsourcing, etc.)

Certainly the supply chain trends towards cloud computing and 3PLs help start-up companies get their product launched into the world. With these changes the barriers to entry into a given market segment have been reduced since start-ups now do not require this infrastructure. Start-ups do not need to run their own warehouse, hire IT staff or install servers, etc. to get their company up and running.

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This year's Hi-tech and Electronics Supply Chain Summit is set to feature a panel on the role of start-ups in the hi-tech supply chain, featuring speakers from Lytro (a camera start-up), AT&T and the former CFO of Jawbone. Enter your details on the right to download all key event details including session topics, leading executives involved, and how to register for your pass!

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