Supply chains must be dependable, quick, and affordable, but real life often gets in the way and supply
chains can be disrupted by human error, natural disasters, or even something as simple as a truck breaking
down. It’s a balancing act between price and efficiency, but sometimes it’s a fight against nature itself.
What is the average lead time to receive
an electronic component from a distributor?
When purchasing a part, what is most important?
Has a disruption in the supply chain
(e.g. Japanese tsunami, Thailand floods)
ever interrupted your design process?
If “yes” what did you do?
9% 26% 38% 15% 8%
Used a similar component that was more powerful than necessary.
Design was put on hold until component became available.
Used a similar, but less expensive, component that sacrificed functionality.
Cost per part
Total transaction cost
In the past five years, which of the following
supply chain disruptions have directly
impacted your work?
Do distributors use disruptions
to unnecessarily price gouge?
Has your experience with a supply chain
disruption caused you to cut ties with a
Poor supplier performance