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Supply Chain Navigator is an award-winning digital journal produced by Avnet’s Mode 2 supply chain innovation arm, Avnet Velocity®. SCN provides an unbiased forum for supply chain innovators and thought leaders to connect and share insights and expertise with peers throughout the global high-tech value chain.

SCN delivers relevant, premium content, written exclusively by and for supply chain professionals, focusing on the issues, trends and technologies that influence the strategic operational decisions of stakeholders across the global supply chain.

Each issue includes a variety of in-depth feature articles, engaging executive commentaries, proven leadership strategies, real-world best practice/case studies, the latest academic/market research and an exclusive One-on-One with a respected industry executive/thought leader.

Supply Chain Navigator has received a number of awards and recognitions for the high quality writing, distinct content, thought-provoking insights, including the APEX Grand Award for Excellence in business media (2019), APEX Award for Excellence in business media (2018-2016), a PRSA Phoenix Copper Anvil Award of Merit (2018-2017) and listing on the Feedspot Top 75 Supply Chain Blogs.

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New Perspectives on Driving Value in Smart Factory Implementation

Deloitte experts share tips from manufacturing leaders on implementing and realizing value from smart factory transformations.

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Hardening the IoT-Connected Supply Chain

Cybersecurity experts from Cisco and DHS discuss the challenges of securing today’s IoT-connected supply chains, and why operational security is an imperative for supply chain organizations of all sizes.

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Honeywell Leverages Blockchain to Overhaul Aircraft Parts Aftermarket

A look at how the aerospace giant has taken digital ledger technology beyond proof of concept with it GoDirect Trade blockchain-based marketplace for used and new surplus parts.

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Aligning Financial and Physical Flows Key to Supply Chain Optimization

How leading corporations are leveraging strategic supply chain finance programs to manage the full scope of working capital requirements across the source-make-deliver supply chain cycle.

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Is Corporate Hierarchy Undermining Your Digital Transformation?

Nearly 80 percent of corporate digital transformation investments fail to yield the desired return. Some industry insiders believe the inherent incompatibility between digital agility and old-school, bureaucratic organizational structures could be th

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The New Economics of Supply Chain Sustainability

Innovative supply chain finance solutions from leading lending institutions use favorable finance terms as an incentive for suppliers to improve environmental, health, safety and humanitarian standards.

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Why Blockchain Needs to be Part of Your Supply Chain Strategy

Blockchain technology strengthens the supply chain by hardcoding trust with security, bringing reliability with better asset management, and optimizing manual work by saving hours of labor spent on reconciling accounts and settling disputes.

Executive Q&As

Linton Advisors

Tom Linton

Supply chain pioneer Tom Linton offers candid insights into the “era-defining” impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the tech supply chain and tips on how industry executives can sustain their business ecosystems during times of disruption.

Tom Linton, Author, Retired CSCO & Digital Supply Chain Innovator

Cisco Systems Inc.

John Kern

Cisco’s John Kern shares advice on how to inspire supply chain organizations to achieve breakthrough innovation, Cisco’s “change the business” efforts, the networking giant’s Supply Chain as a Service (SCaaS) approach, and more.

John Kern, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco Systems, Inc.


Dale Ford

Veteran tech analyst Dale Ford considers how the Covid-19 pandemic may prompt a fundamental reshaping of the tech supply chain, the one thing that is most likely to derail the tech sector’s economic recovery and more.

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst, ECIA

HP Inc.

Stuart Pann

Chief Supply Chain Officer Stuart Pann shares some of the supply chain strategies that he believes have been crucial in driving the “reinvention” of HP Inc.

Stuart Pann, Chief Supply Chain Officer, HP Inc.

Schneider Electric North America Operations

Annette Clayton

Annette Clayton discusses Schneider’s award-winning talent management strategy, digitizing the end-to-end supply chain, the three most important lessons she has learned throughout her career, and more.

Annette Clayton, CEO and President Schneider Electric North America Operations

Nokia Corp.

Johannes Giloth

Nokia’s senior vice president, global operations and chief procurement officer reveals how embracing disruption enabled his team build an end-to-end value chain of digital operations to help drive Nokia’s “triumphant” transformation.

Johannes Giloth, Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Chief Procurement Officer, Nokia

Thought Leaders

Make Community

Dale Dougherty

Dale shares insights on the important role makers play in the technology ecosystem, the challenge of defining a career path for makers within traditional organizations and some supply chain lessons makers need to learn.

Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Maker Media

Stanford University

Dr. Hau Lee

Legendary supply chain expert talks about his storied career, the lessons multinationals can learn from a farmer in East Africa and what he thinks about Donald Trump’s position on China.

Dr. Hau Lee, Author, Researcher, Entrepreneur & Professor of Operations, Information and Technology Stanford Graduate School of Business


Yossi Sheffi

Yossi Sheffi sets the record straight on his somewhat controversial, and often misunderstood, perspective on corporates’ responsibility for sustainability.

Yossi Sheffi, Professor & Author


David Simchi-Levi

Renowned author, entrepreneur, supply chain consultant and MIT professor shares his advice for companies struggling to become more data driven, his unique approach to risk management, and more.

David Simchi-Levi Author, Researcher, Entrepreneur & Professor of Engineering Systems