Highlights From Avnet's Earnings Call Barbara Jorgensen 1/28/2011 (5) comments The technology supply chain continues to approach what distributors see as more normal levels as supply, backlogs, inventories, and leadtimes are managed effectively, according to CEO Roy Vallee
Reasons to Believe Barbara Jorgensen 1/27/2011 (11) comments Participants in the electronics industry view forecasts with skepticism. That's well deserved – the industry has been burned more than once by overly optimistic predictions
Ending the Economic Limbo Bolaji Ojo 1/27/2011 (5) comments The US economy is sputtering, and employers are not hiring enough to reduce unemployment — but what does this mean for electronics makers?
Apple's Power Play Laurie Sullivan 1/27/2011 (10) comments OEMs like Apple wield enormous power over the supply chain, control suppliers to keep costs down, and protect product release information
CEOs More Confident, But... Barbara Jorgensen 1/26/2011 (11) comments More than half of US CEOs are very confident about business prospects over the next three years. However, their optimism is tempered by a greater focus on managing risk and competitive threats, according to a recent PwC survey
Tablets vs. Textbooks: E-Text Use on the Rise Barbara Jorgensen 1/25/2011 (18) comments In addition to lower cost, portability, and anytime/anywhere access, e-textbooks offer advanced search functionality, note-taking capabilities, digital highlighting, and the ability to email passages to peers
Business Setup Made Easier Barbara Jorgensen 1/19/2011 (3) comments So many considerations go into choosing an offshore manufacturing location that it's easy to get overwhelmed, particularly for small and midsized manufacturers
Spare Me the 3D Barbara Jorgensen 1/13/2011 (33) comments Forget the glasses or the fact that watching a 3D movie makes me faintly nauseous. With the possible exception of video games, there's little content around that really benefits from 3D
Trust but Verify Ken Bradley 1/13/2011 (11) comments Many procurement and supply chain executives are underserving their companies by not verifying component pricing and manufacturing costs
The Cloud as an Alternative to EDI Barbara Jorgensen 1/12/2011 (7) comments There have been efforts to simplify electronic data interchange connections by standardizing purchasing transactions within the supply chain, but so far, no single solution has widely caught on
Avoiding 'Digital Stress' Barbara Jorgensen 1/11/2011 (33) comments Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the constant influx of digital information in the 21st century, according to a recent survey. The solution? Use the phone
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.