Today’s purchasing managers face a lighting industry in transition.
Technology, which for 100 years has been based on glass and metal is now semiconductor electronics and software.
Supply chains which were once homogenous have fragmented with multiple vendors from a global supply chain contributing to a single product – such as LED and electronic control and driver technology.
Industries, (lighting and IT) whose standards in the past were distinct have converged with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) – including wireless networks and embedded software.
Regulation, which was never simple - is made more complex as the UK heads towards Brexit.