Publisher’s Note

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Avnet’s Supply Chain Navigator. As the lines between customer and supplier, competitor and collaborator continue to blur, members of the supply chain must learn how to better capitalize on opportunities that drive innovation and differentiation.

Our goal for Supply Chain Navigator is to offer high-quality content that transcends buzzword-laden media and provide our readers with a deeper understanding of the key issues and trends influencing the global high-tech supply chain.

Written for supply chain professionals, by supply chain professionals, Supply Chain Navigator leverages the unique insights and experiences of individuals who are actively engaged in managing and studying complex global supply chains, both upstream and downstream.

In each issue, you will find an Exclusive Q&A with a well-known and respected high-tech supply chain executive, feature articles, best practice case studies, executive commentaries, up-to-the-minute market analysis and opportunities to voice your opinions and interact with fellow readers through our Chain Reactions section.

Today’s supply chains are a critical element of the electronics industry’s innovation engine. Supply Chain Navigator empowers readers with the practical tools and strategic insights they need to power that engine and accelerate the drive to success. We hope you find the content thought provoking and entertaining.


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.
Bruce Rayner
Director of Thought Leadership,
IHS Inc.
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.