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Posts posted in January 2016
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Super Bowl & NFL Offer Supply Chain Wisdom
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
The much-anticipated contract negotiations between the NFL and its athletes has the potential to highlight the importance of these types of talks in the electronics supply chain.
Digging in to Why Supply Chain IT Projects Fail
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
As important as IT is to supply chain success, getting the organization from the ideal technology to real implementation can prove challenging, a new survey of global CIOs finds.
8 Ways the Chennai Floods Demonstrated the (Good & Bad) Power of Social Media
Puga Sankara  
1/29/2016   Post a comment
The people of Chennai came together through Facebook and Twitter to help each other at the time of the historic torrential downpour that overwhelmed the entire city. The same type of social media tools can be leveraged within the supply chain network.
Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dead at 88
R. Colin Johnson  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
Minsky envisioned a future in which machines will possess intelligence as genuine as our own.
Mega-Mergers Will Likely Prompt Container Shipping Price Hikes
B. Cameron Gain  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
High-level mergers among the world’s largest container shipping companies are reshaping the global ocean transport industry--and in the end it may mean higher prices.
Graphene-Based Inks Empowers High-Speed Manufacturing of Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks and other conductive materials unveiled by University of Cambridge researchers could open up a wide range of applications including inexpensive printed electronics, intelligent packaging, and disposable sensors.
Set-Top Era Over, Says FCC
Rick Merritt  
1/27/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal to force pay-TV operators to adopt open formats so any systems or software developer can access their content.
Amazon Shakes Up Competitive Strategy of Logistics
Logical Link  
1/27/2016   (2) comments
Amazon will force logistics competitors to reshape their strategies.
Getting Closure on the Gender Gap in Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/27/2016   (5) comments
Encouraging women to get involved in manufacturing may be one solid path to closing the looming employment gap.
Protect Industry Against Cyberattack with These 7 Steps
Rich Quinnell  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
A report from the Department of Homeland Security recommends seven strategies for protecting industrial control networks against cyberattack.
Lessons Learned from Award-Winning Manufacturers
Ariella Brown  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Industry awards are a nod to great practice--and hopefully an inspiration to others.
Counting the High Cost of Doing Nothing
Frank Cavallaro  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Many companies mistakenly believe holding off on investments equals saving money when, in fact, it can become a costly strategy down the line.
IoT Shoots for the Stars
R. Colin Johnson  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
Arrayent, the inventor of the Connect Platform for Internet of Things brands such as Whirlpool, Pentair, Maytag Commercial Laundry, LiftMaster, and more just landed $15 million in Series C funding.
Gartner’s Next Level of Supply Chain Innovation: Federated Solutions
Lisa Ann Cairns  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
The maturation of business technology and digital business processes has enabled a new solution set and a new means for collaborative ecosystems across companies to be built. These new ecosystems espouse federated solutions that not only provide innovative opportunities for customers but also new growth capabilities for supply chain partners without taking on additional assets.
WTO Tariff Removal Makes Electronics, IT Cheaper
Logical Link  
1/25/2016   Post a comment
The WTO agreed to remove tariffs from an additional 201 IT products during its December 2015 Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
Apple Intros Macs with “1984” Ad, January 22, 1984
Suzanne Deffree  
1/22/2016   Post a comment
On this day in tech history, Apple premiered its “1984” commercial to a mass audience introducing Macintosh computers.
The Power of Location Based Advertising & In-Store Music
Steve Hashman  
1/22/2016   Post a comment
Anyone trying the get a customer's attention in the crowded electronics market knows that anything that will help make customers feel more comfortable is bound to help.
Keeping Drones in Check
Brian Dipert  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
The fundamental question with drones, as with plenty of past innovations, is how to keep technology from slipping out of control.
Packaging for the Future
Aaron Continelli  
1/21/2016   Post a comment
Efforts to increase sustainability of packaging can help companies gain a stronger foothold in their market and more easily adhere to government regulations by catering to the earth-friendly desires of their own consumer market.
Wireless Brain Sensor Monitors Then Dissolves
Peter Clarke  
1/20/2016   Post a comment
A team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created implantable electronic sensors that can measure intracranial pressure and temperature before being absorbed into the body.
Monitoring the Tantalum Supply Chain
Logical Link  
1/20/2016   Post a comment
Geographic shifts in the mining of tantalum warrant supply chain monitoring.
Intel Thwarts Hackers
R. Colin Johnson  
1/19/2016   Post a comment
Intel has secretly built hardware into its 6th Generation vPro Core processors that it claims guarantee uncrackable authentication plus the ability up to share your screen with any WiDi equipped display in the world.
2016 Marks a Year of Electronics Supply Chain Evolution
Richard Barnett  
1/19/2016   Post a comment
As electronics manufacturers look ahead to 2016 and beyond, some of the biggest themes shaping the future of their supply chains will arise from the challenges they face today: Globalization, network optimization, and the Internet of Things.
Consumers Feel Perils of Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
1/18/2016   Post a comment
Connectivity is the main thing in the Internet of Things . But what if software updates, unbeknownst to users, go haywire, leaving people -- especially seniors, the ill and babies – inside in the cold?
Amazon’s Transformation to Global Third-Party Logistics Provider
Laurie Sullivan  
1/18/2016   (4) comments
Amazon is extending its behemoth reach from e-commerce into logistics in a bid to service its own needs and increase revenues.
Al Gore on China, Mobile Web
Jessica Lipsky  
1/15/2016   (1) comment
Collaboration between China and the U.S. on global warming set a good model for the tech industry which needs to raise its sights to higher values, said former vice president Al Gore.
Tackling the Risky Business of the Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/15/2016   Post a comment
Risk management is tricky but vital for today's electronics OEMs
Cultural Intelligence Proves Critical to Global Strategy
Puga Sankara  
1/15/2016   Post a comment
Leaders need to get multicultural experience, in order to lead this ever shrinking, technologically transforming, tightly connecting world. By arming themselves with cultural intelligence, these individuals can effectively inspire, execute, and win business across borders.
EBN@C-Level: Looking at Electronics Distribution Trends with Avnet's Gerry Fay
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/14/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Gerry Fay, senior vice president, Avnet and president, Avnet Electronics Marketing, Global, to talk about the embeeded systems and IoT trends and about what the company sees in the year ahead.
UPS: 3D Printing Maps Out A New Future
Curtis Franklin Jr  
1/13/2016   Post a comment
UPS is embracing 3D printing as part of the future of logistics. Here's how the logistics company is using technology and some key partnerships to map out a new future for its supply chain.
The Changing Landscape of Global Ports
B. Cameron Gain  
1/13/2016   (7) comments
More than a dozen major ports are evolving to become critical players in the global supply chain list. Let's take a look at what ports are on the list.
5 Cool Green Technologies at CES 2016
Elizabeth Montalbano  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
CES 2016, the annual technology confab, featured some interesting new offerings on the green technology scene.
15 New & Old Ports Emerge as Global Trade Players
B. Cameron Gain  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A variety of business and political factors are behind the emergence of ports that will be critically important to the supply chain by 2020.
Customer Demands Should Drive Operational Designs
Susan Fourtané  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A recent PwC survey finds that changes in customer behavior are set to disrupt businesses in all industries over the next five years. However, most companies operations are not designed to deliver what customers value now or three years from now.
Mobileye, Nvidia (and Others) Spar over Cars
Junko Yoshida  
1/11/2016   Post a comment
The field of autonomous driving technologies revealed its substantial expansion at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Mobileye’s new mapping technology is potentially “most dangerous,” cautioned CEVA CEO, as it can lock in car makers using Mobileye’s EyeQ chip.
Predictions for the State of eCommerce in 2016: The Year of the B2B Customer
Mark Johnson  
1/11/2016   Post a comment
A cloud-based, omnichannel approach will be the secret sauce of the most successful online retailers. Here's a look at some of the biggest realities behind this trend.
3 Basics to Successfully Transform the Supply Chain with a Cloud Deployment
Rob Bernshteyn  
1/11/2016   (1) comment
The cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) promise better, faster, lower total cost of ownership ways to apply information technology to procurement and supply chain problems that have never been adequately addressed. Doing it right, though, is important.
Capacitor Maker’s Solution to Eliminate a Conflict Mineral from Its Supply Chain
Tracey Schelmetic  
1/8/2016   Post a comment
Few companies have a bigger stake in sourcing conflict-free tantalum than electronic component maker KEMET, so it went to establish an entirely closed-loop supply chain with trusted partners.
U.S. OEMs Face Big Fines With Canadian eManifest Enforcement
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/8/2016   Post a comment
Moving data is often as important as moving freight. The Canadian eManifest is an important step toward improving security by receiving cargo and conveyance information before a shipment arrives at the border.
The Year in Review: Dangerous Goods Shipping Regs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/8/2016   Post a comment
Compliance around documentation and preparing dangerous shipments is a moving target. Today's infographic looks at the changes in the industry in the past year.
Weak Peak Shipping Season Raises Question about U.S. Economy
B. Cameron Gain  
1/7/2016   Post a comment
Besides portending a possible sooner-than-expected slowdown in the U.S. economy, weak import shipping volumes and rising inventories during the peak holiday shipping season just past will likely have broad supply chain-specific implications.
Supply Chain Managers: Use Certified Products in Your Supply Chain
George Japak  
1/7/2016   Post a comment
As the supply chain becomes more interconnected due to IoT technologies, it’s vital to manage these risks to maintain brand value and product quality. Certified products are a great place to start.
Faraday Future: Fact or Fantasy?
Junko Yoshida  
1/6/2016   (2) comments
Faraday Future, one of the most hyped tech companies before this year's Consumer Electronics Show, unveils its cool concept car and plans for factory in Nevada.
Windows to Success: 5 Suggestions for Improving Supply Chain Visibility
Aaron Continelli  
1/6/2016   (3) comments
Supply chain visibility provides actionable information to allow consumer electronics companies that let them work toward improved forecasting, and higher customer satisfaction.
EBN's Top 5 Distribution Stories for 2015
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/6/2016   (7) comments
Distributors play a critical part of the electronics supply chain—and this year EBN kept close tabs on this important group of companies.
NXP Set to Demystify Smart Homes
Junko Yoshida  
1/5/2016   Post a comment
NXP is rolling out a “Lego-style” smart home development kit at the Consumer Electronic Show with a goal to “demystify smart homes for developers,” according to the company.
EBN's Top 10 Supply Chain Stories for 2015
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/5/2016   (2) comments
Last year, best practices around procurement, logistics, sustainability, compliance, and more are hot topics of conversation industry wide. Will 2016 be any different?
Low-Profile Colleges Pay Off Big for Would-Be Manufacturing Pros
Frank Cavallaro  
1/5/2016   (22) comments
The college graduates of 2015 were the most indebted ever – until the next round of grads wave their diplomas in the spring.
EBN's 2015 Top 10 Electronics Industry Slideshows
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/4/2016   Post a comment
The electronics supply chain has had an exciting year--and EBN was in the thick of it. Take a look at these ten winning slideshows that review, in pictures, great gains in technology, products, and supply chain practices.
8 Predictions for 2016
Rick Merritt  
1/4/2016   (2) comments
It’s been a long, busy year and my crystal ball is flashing me warnings that its battery is almost spent, so take these few blurry visions for what they’re worth.
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