Publisher’s Note

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the April 2015 issue of Supply Chain Navigator.

The purported talent shortage is on every supply chain executive’s mind, but is a crisis really in the offing, or have a few sensational statistics blown this topic out of proportion?

In this issue, we bring together many of the top minds in the field–including professors, students, recruiters and practitioners–to provide readers with a balanced and realistic assessment of the talent concern, and offer some practical examples of how industry leaders are managing the true challenges in supply chain talent development.

Also throughout this issue, we continue delve into the trends and developments most pivotal to supply chain success, including shifting global manufacturing strategies and innovative approaches to new product design. Our star-studded lineup of contributors includes world-renown supply chain researcher and professor Hau Lee, acclaimed Wharton professor Morris Cohen, SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah, and supply chain leaders from Intel, HP, Infineon, Philips, Seagate, Jabil, TDK-Lambda and more.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Supply Chain Navigator. Please feel free to drop us a line at to share your thoughts about the topics we have covered or make suggestions for future articles.

Until next issue,

Wade McDaniel

Many thanks to the Supply Chain Navigator Editorial Advisory Board for their support and guidance:

Joaquim Guedes
Jo Guedes
Director of Strategic Operations Programs,
Internet of Things Group,
Intel Corporation
Tom Linton
Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer,
Flextronics International Ltd.

Dr. Arnold Maltz
Associate Professor,
W.P. Carey Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University
William Roberts
Bill Roberts
Senior Director,
Supply Chain,
Belkin International Inc.
Edith Simchi-Levi
Vice President, Operations,
OPS Rules Management Consultants

Questions or comments about our publication can be directed to Supply Chain Navigator Editorial Director Diane Trommer at Connect with Diane via LinkedIn.

Wade McDaniel

Wade McDaniel

Publisher, Supply Chain Navigator,
Vice President, Solutions Development and Delivery, Avnet Velocity

Wade McDaniel is the publisher of Avnet's Supply Chain Navigator digital journal and Vice President of Solutions Development and Delivery for Avnet Velocity, responsible for architecting and implementing sophisticated supply chain solutions for Avnet customers and suppliers globally.