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Smart Appliance Boom, Smartphone Slump; Consumer Electronics Supply Chains Diversify at Both Ends

PRNewswire May 14, 2024

Effective visibility and supply planning tools essential to consumer electronics companies as shifts occur and regulatory stringency rises

NEW YORK, May 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Shipments of smartphones and tablets will remain unimpressive but steady over the coming years, while smart appliances will see strong growth, marking a 34.9% CAGR to 2030, according to global technology intelligence firm ABI Research. While shipment growth remains mixed, major consumer electronics vendors are making significant changes to their supply chains, diversifying their supplier base to mitigate against disruption, and implementing new technologies to meet product circularity regulations.

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“Consumer electronics companies are rethinking their supply base and how they deliver products to consumers. Heavy reliance on contract manufacturing in China has forced companies like Apple and Samsung to diversify, with growing investment in Vietnam and India. As companies also develop and expand their presence in new markets, many are focusing efforts on their E-Commerce offerings to support direct-to-consumer models and ride the significant growth of online retail in the consumer electronics sector,” states Ryan Wiggin, Senior Analyst at ABI Research.

Consumer electronics has one of the highest, often the highest, online retail penetration levels compared to other retail segments. For several advanced economies, sales made online for consumer electronics as a percentage of overall sales are expected to surpass 50% by 2030, with some countries, including the U.S., U.K., South Korea, and China, surpassing this level in the next three years.

Diversifying supply and improving the last mile while maintaining lean inventory requires effective planning software. Solutions providers such as Kinaxis, Siemens, and RELEX Solutions support companies at the manufacturing and retail ends to gain better insights into their supply, accurately assess demand, and manage upstream and downstream product flows.

“Under countries and regions strategies to achieve a more circular economy, sectors that use the most resources and where the potential for circularity is high are of primary focus. Consumer electronics, ICT, and batteries fall directly into this category, putting consumer electronics brands under the spotlight of regional authorities. Developing more granular asset tracking is becoming essential to ensure compliance and ensure that reverse logistics is leveraged to improve the re-supply of products, ultimately maximizing profitability,” concludes Wiggin.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Consumer Electronics Supply Chain: Market Trends and Regulation report. This report is part of the company’s Supply Chain Management and Logistics research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, application analysis reports present an in-depth analysis of key market trends and factors for a specific technology.

About ABI Research

ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology solution providers and end-market companies. We serve as the bridge that seamlessly connects these two segments by providing exclusive research and expert guidance to drive successful technology implementations and deliver strategies proven to attract and retain customers.

ABI Research是一家全球性的技术情报公司,拥有得天独厚的优势,充当终端市场公司和技术解决方案提供商之间的桥梁,通过提供独家研究和专业性指导,推动成功的技术实施和提供经证明可吸引和留住客户的战略,无缝连接这两大主体。

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit www.abiresearch.com.

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