Stephen Morris is freelance writer and guest contributor to Network Noise.
We live in an era of increasingly fragmented supply chains. What does that mean? Well, when you buy pretty well any electronic device from a sat nav to an iPhone or iPod touch you no longer tend to have a one-stop shop experience. Gone are the days when you paid over your hard-earned dollars and received a shrink-wrapped package containing all the goodies you need!
Instead, for many such devices nowadays, you may have to separately purchase an AC charger. It’s the same story when you want to download additional software for the devices, e.g., look at the hugely successful iPhone app market. Ditto for extra maps on sat nav devices. (more…)