Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Appliance Components in a Constrained Market
Direct sourcing of electronic components for the appliance industry used to be pretty simple. An OEM would order direct from the manufacturer or through authorized distributors to obtain any required components. There was usually no need to look any further.
Today, the challenges of a highly stressed supply chain are forcing many appliance OEMs to rethink the way they source components. With parts such as multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) and other low-cost components in chronic shortage with extended lead times for delivery, manufacturers must be able to get these parts on-time at the lowest possible cost without assuming additional risk.
As a result, many are turning to independent or hybrid distributors for long lead-time parts. The primary caveat: the components must meet the specifications thereby avoiding compromising the integrity of the end product. In other words, appliance manufacturers want components that can be traced back to the original manufacturer.