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Industrial Robots Transform Manufacturing Floor & Workforce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/21/2017   Post a comment
Indiustrial robotics are big and getting bigger, and that's likely to be good for the high-tech electronics manufacturing industry.
Superhero Tools Inspire Consumer-Centric Design
Puga Sankara  
7/21/2017   Post a comment
Everyone wants to feel like a superhero, and a well-designed product can help support that urge.
The Amazon Effect: Future of Electronics Distribution is Marketplace Model
Alex Moazed  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
While some electronics distributors may not see Amazon as a real threat, they would do well to take a closer look.
Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Underlines Digital Transformation & Disruption in Retail
Erich Hoch  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is likely to significantly disrupt the retail sector, with implications to brands, retailers, and supply chain leaders. What role will packaging play in the retail industry’s future? What do retailers need to know to stay ahead in this crucial area of online and in-store retail? Here’s how we see it…
6 Key Issues for Manufacturers Moving to Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Enterprise digitizers that are embracing Manufacturing 4.0 with multiple proof of concepts are realizing benefits
What Distributors Can Learn from Retailers
Kelly Brock  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Distributors face the most profound business model shift in decades. They have the choice of adapting or risking being obsolete.
Ask Avnet AI Platform Learns What Buyers Want
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/18/2017   (2) comments
Avnet leverages AI technology to help customers navigate Avnet Internet ecosystem and get connected to engineering and technical resources.
Here’s What Your Supply Chain Performance Dashboard Is Missing
Sujit Singh  
7/18/2017   Post a comment
For best results, supply chain managers need to get beyond a dashboard analysis that provides a snap shot of current business metrics to get to details on how the metrics are derived.
15 Kickstarter Robots that Work, Teach, & Play
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/17/2017   Post a comment
Everybody likes robots, and soon they'll be doing all sorts of things with them, if these wildly successful Kickstarter projects are any indication.
Powering the Digital Supply Chain: Machine Learning Enables Intelligent Segmentation
Puneet Saxena  
7/17/2017   (1) comment
Companies have long recognized the importance of designing offerings to serve the needs of different markets and customers. Once complicated, accomplishing this becomes much easier with machine learning.
The Internet as the Great Equalizer
Puga Sankara  
7/14/2017   Post a comment
Internet has enabled smart, intelligent, talented people all over the world. Mobile devices have changed the way we work. That's going to change our supply chains.
Make Sure Your Tech Marketing Communications Content Delivers
Savvy Tech Marketing  
7/14/2017   Post a comment
To succeed, a brand needs to demonstrate customer value, not merely claim it.
Will MTBF Kill Drone Delivery?
Jim O'Reilly  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
When we do the math, failure rates are likely to ground delivery by drone before it ever really takes off.
Trump & Brexit: Adding Risk in the New Global Supply Chain
Luc Janssen  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
With Brexit, with the “America First” agenda of the Trump administration and in general with more and more pressure on choices for global sourcing, it is time to evaluate the risk on global supply chains. Can we still meet customer expectations?
Beyond the Headlines: Bosch’s $1.1 Billion Investment
Ariella Brown  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Bosch made headlines for wanting to serve the smart car industry, but the news promises to make big ripples to procurement pros buying for connected products of many kinds.
Ensuring Effective Big Data Acquisition Improves Product Manufacturing Quality
Michael Weir  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Careful handling of data helps to ensure enterprise-wide improvements in manufacturing operations.
20 Kickstarter Wearables with Summer Sizzle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
As everyone turns to their favorite summer activities, the interest wearable electronic innovations is on the rise. We're looking at some of the most popular wearable wins on Kickstarter.
Amazon Prime Day Presents Prime Opportunity & Example
Andrew Atkinson  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
Amazon prime has set the bar for B2C and B2B e-commerce. We can all take some lessons from Amazon Prime Day.
Expand Supply Chain Control During PCB Design
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
A BOM tool is one thing organizations can leverage to move products smoothly from design to manufacturing while avoiding typical headaches.
What Else Can a PCB Contract Manufacturer Do for You?
Michael Allen  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Contract manufacturers who offer services ancillary to printed circuit board assembly can reduce your cost and lead times.
UK Supply Chain Funding Index Declines
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/7/2017   Post a comment
The most recent results of the UK supply chain funding index point to a slight decline in the past year.
Exploring the Transformative Potential of the Digital Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
7/6/2017   (1) comment
CEOs and supply chain executives interested in increasing revenue and decreasing cost will benefit from digital supply chain transformation.
What’s Trending Now: Top Warehouse Technologies
Evan Garber  
7/6/2017   Post a comment
E-commerce and consumer buying habits are shaping the future of the supply chain industry. Companies are looking for new ways to stay ahead while increasing profit margins. Technological innovations (both proactive and necessitated) play a major role, specifically in streamlining warehouse management. But implementing the right technologies may mean the difference between staying in business or not.
5 Critical Steps to Avoid Product Recall Disasters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/5/2017   Post a comment
Product recalls happens to even the best companies. Having the right systems and processes in place is crtical
4 Annoying Things Supply Chain Execs Should Stop Saying
Alex Peron  
7/4/2017   Post a comment
Too often, we rely on platitudes when we talk about the supply chain. Let's ditch these four common refrains and move the conversation forward.
Manufacturers Buying More Cyber Insurance
Logical Link  
7/3/2017   Post a comment
Manufacturers are buying more cyber insurance policies to protect their smart, data-integrated products and equipment from hackers and cyber-attacks.
Your Next WMS: Build it or Buy it?
Eric Allais  
7/3/2017   Post a comment
For companies involved in any form of distribution, warehousing, or ecommerce fulfillment, it’s an important question to consider: whether to adopt a commercially available Warehouse Management System (WMS), or to build it in-house.
Why Linking Supply Chain Objectives to Performance Will Never Work
Adrien Sandrini  
6/30/2017   Post a comment
More and more i believe that objectives linked to performance are behind some of our biggest supply chain problems.
The Implications of Buying Toshiba’s Flash Business
Jim O'Reilly  
6/29/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba, as a leading developer of NAND technology, makes an attractive target to companies jockeying for position in the coming transition from spinning hard drives to all solid-state solutions.
USA e-Invoicing: Why EU’s PEPPOL Offers a Success Template
Roger Hatfield  
6/29/2017   (1) comment
There’s plenty the USA could learn from Europe about making electronic invoicing a priority.
On-Demand Trucking: The Birth of Uber Freight
Susan Fourtané  
6/28/2017   (1) comment
Ride-sharing service Uber has entered the freight transportation market offering an app that matches truckers and trucking companies with loads to haul.
6 Reasons Manufacturers Need Group Buyers
Ron Justin  
6/28/2017   Post a comment
A group-buy campaign connects manufacturers with inventors and enthusiasts you cannot reach through your traditional sales channels. Learn how one manufacturer’s group buy enabled dozens of innovations and drove thousands of incremental sales of a hot new sensor.
6 Lessons Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Teaches
Joanne Moretti  
6/27/2017   (10) comments
As two modern day success stories come together, consumers wonder what it means for us. In reality, the most valuable lessons can be culled by retails and other major brands, particularly in the high technology sector.
Brexit Continues & Puts Additional Pressure on UK Industry
Pablo Valerio  
6/27/2017   Post a comment
The British pound took another hit as Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost seats in Parliament and the outright majority they had before. A deal with the DUP (N. Ireland Unionist Party) assures May continues as prime minister, but weakens her position ahead of Brexit negotiations.
Today’s Complex Supply Chains Demand Visibility Solutions
Ariella Brown  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Technology can point the way to more visible, better managed, and more efficient supply chains that deliver better value for companies and their customers.
5 Factors to Look at When Considering a Contract Management Solution
Chris Crane  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Find a procurement management platform that has the automation, flexibility, and transparency needed to build sourcing models and enterprise deliverables that provide measurable results and consistent business impact.
Measuring the Current State of Digital Transformation & Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/23/2017   (1) comment
Survey says: digital transformation efforts within organization drive supply chain restructuring activities.
Understand Customer Behavior to Capture Omnichannel Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/23/2017   (1) comment
Retailers and manufacturers need to leverage customer insights to unlock competitive advantage to make better category decisions and achieve localized merchandising, a new survey found.
More Trade with Asia Comes at a Shipping Price
B. Cameron Gain  
6/22/2017   (1) comment
Shipping to Asia is getting harder. The problem: a huge capacity backlog sitting and waiting for container ships
Economic Data Creates Procurement Strategies Foundation
Richard G. Weissman  
6/22/2017   (1) comment
Economics drives the supply chain. Here are some of the stats and resources that should be top of mind for smart procurement people.
Counterfeiting: Why Blockchain Is a Solution for the Semiconductor Industry
Adrien Sandrini  
6/21/2017   (6) comments
Blockchain has the potential to help the electronics industry address the very real problem of counterfeit components.
18 Women Helping Pave the Way in High-Tech Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/21/2017   Post a comment
The Manufacturing Institute launched its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead initiative. As part of the program, the group has recognized women for excellence in manufacturing. This year, 18 of these 130 leaders were leading the charge on the high-technology manufacturing front.
Pragmatism Pervades Smart Factory Floor
Gary Hilson  
6/20/2017   Post a comment
The move to Industry 4.0 has led to a culture clash between operation technology and information technology. Meanwhile, Internet of Things buzzwords resonate less with manufacturers than cost savings.
Supply Chain Resilience in the Age of Nationalism
Logical Link  
6/19/2017   (1) comment
Supply chain professionals face a dilemma: Creating resiliency as nationalistic sentiments increase worldwide.
Combating Excess Capacity Issues
Jett McCandless  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Carriers must become smarter about their use of technology and act quickly to weather today’s soft market—while at the same time, preparing themselves for a profitable future.
Smart Machine Age Shifts the Future Workforce
Puga Sankara  
6/16/2017   Post a comment
A recent panel tackled the question of how disruptive technology will change the work force.
Digital Age Demands Supply Chain Restructuring
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/16/2017   Post a comment
The ability to transform into a digital supply chain will decide the winners and the losers going forward. Here's a look at the five stages of maturity.
VR & AR: The New Supply Chain Reality
Samuel Mueller  
6/15/2017   Post a comment
For the first time, virtual reality and augmented reality have the potential to really impact the tasks and effectiveness of the supply chain in a handful of areas.
2017 Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors: A Wrestling Match
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/14/2017   (6) comments
In recent years, getting ahead in electronics industry has been a game of inches, with major players wrestling for greater customer share. Here's a look at the biggest names in 2017.
Millennial Buyers Create Ripples in Distribution Model
Kelly Brock  
6/14/2017   Post a comment
Distributors, who have played an essential role connecting manufacturers and consumers, are being upended more rapidly than previously thought by millennial customers. They must quickly recognize threats and adapt.
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