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Posts posted in January 2017
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IoT Contest Shows Security Gaps
Rick Merritt  
1/31/2017   Post a comment
Winning engineer plies open-source tools to demonstrate gaps in IoT security.
How Industry 4.0 & IIoT Impact Supply Chain Management: Hype vs. Reality
Gelston Howell  
1/31/2017   Post a comment
IIoT initiatives are making a significant impact on supply chain management and provide real value by increasing global component visibility and improving demand management flexibility.
Risking Everything: The Mess of the Global Supply Chain
Richard G. Weissman  
1/31/2017   Post a comment
The global electronics supply chain will likely feel the backlash of the law of unintended consequences.
MRAM Gains More Steam
Dylan McGrath  
1/30/2017   Post a comment
Spin Transfer Technologies' delivery of functional MRAM samples is one more indication of emerging memory technology's momentum.
4 Ways Distributors Can Leverage Sales Automation to Eliminate B2B Ecommerce Pitfalls
Brent Halverson  
1/30/2017   Post a comment
While ecommerce is now a near compulsory investment for any business, distributors still face a challenge enticing their customers online.
Are You Prepared for HS 2017 Reform?
Preston Barton  
1/30/2017   Post a comment
HS 2017 is critical for ensuring customs rules are properly followed, improving the flow of goods internationally, facilitating better trade communication, and confirming that proper duties and taxes are remitted at the national level.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
Dylan McGrath  
1/27/2017   Post a comment
Intel Corp. reported fourth quarter 2016 revenue and profit that beat analysts’ expectations on sales growth in computing, data center chips and Internet of Things (IoT) chips.
Shippers Be Aware: Dangerous Goods Regs Updated
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/27/2017   Post a comment
The newest regulations around shipping hazardous materials have been put in place.
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
Rick Merritt  
1/26/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm’s latest quarterly earnings showed first blood in a set of five court actions now alleging its patent licensing terms are unfair.
Tech Companies Should Do the Right Thing on Conflict Minerals
Kelly Witherspoon  
1/26/2017   (1) comment
U.S. tech companies should continue to adhere to conflict-minerals rules even if legal requirements are lifted.
Foxconn Factory Potentially U.S. Bound
Ariella Brown  
1/26/2017   (3) comments
Although it's not a done deal, Foxconn seems to be looking at building an $8 billion factory in the United States.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan: Dropped?
Junko Yoshida  
1/25/2017   Post a comment
In a span of only 11 months, a memory chip company in China, called Sino King Technology, has morphed from a dream to an apparent reality to a phantom.
Cheap Renewable Energy from Tech Titans Blazes Trail for Little Guys
B. Cameron Gain  
1/25/2017   Post a comment
Tech giants are reducing their reliance on fossil fuel for their power-hungry supply chains. They are blazing a trail for smaller companies to follow.
Dragonfly Surveillance Cyborg Could Aid Pollination
R. Colin Johnson  
1/24/2017   Post a comment
Dragonflies under remote control.
Additive 3D Printing Creates Another Supply Chain Tier
Gary Hilson  
1/24/2017   Post a comment
3D printing has captured the imagination of consumers, but it’s also poised to fundamentally change the behavior of supply chains.
Are You Inadvertently Disengaging Your Workforce?
Malysa O'Connor  
1/24/2017   Post a comment
After an increased focus on employee engagement in 2016, distribution companies can stay on track with these key steps in 2017.
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode
Junko Yoshida  
1/23/2017   (11) comments
Samsung investigators uncovered two separate faults with the two batteries in the flaming Galaxy Note 7.
Sky’s the Limit for Tech Innovations in Warehousing
Ariella Brown  
1/22/2017   Post a comment
You can see that warehousing tech is a really hot area right now. The next year or two promise to bring even bigger changes.
Chain of Responsibility Protects Drivers & Others
Richard G. Weissman  
1/22/2017   Post a comment
The concept of shared responsibility for highway safety is a concept that is gaining support internationally.
NHTSA Lets Tesla Off The Hook
Junko Yoshida  
1/20/2017   Post a comment
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded a months-long investigation of a fatal crash in Florida last May, and reported Thursday that the agency found no defects in Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Autopilot systems.
Know the Science Behind Effective Packaging
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/20/2017   (1) comment
In addition to protecting the product from damage and external environmental factors during shipping and storage, the packaging must be attractive. Neurodesign helps figure out how to optimize packaging impact.
Chargebacks & Retail Compliance: Prove You Did It Right
Puga Sankara  
1/20/2017   Post a comment
An efficient image-enabled supply chain lets users to take pictures that will serve as reference able document that can be produced to refute any chargeback situations.
5G Report Gauges Trillion-Dollar Impacts
Rick Merritt  
1/19/2017   Post a comment
5G could enable as much as $12.3 trillion in goods and services in 2035 when its full effects are realized.
Electronics Supply Chain Under the Trump Administration
Laurie Sullivan  
1/19/2017   Post a comment
The impact of the Trump administration and its plans to make American great again depends on what happens with taxes, tariffs, manufacturing costs, and other factors.
Trump Threatens to Dismantle Trade Agreements
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/19/2017   Post a comment
In the wake of a new presidential administration, electronics OEMs, distributors, and component makers are questioning how President Elect Trump will move forward with threats to withdraw America from its trade
IoT Startup Rides LoRa
Rick Merritt  
1/18/2017   Post a comment
Semtech manager snags $7M for OEM.
Internet of Things Innovations Enhance Supply Chain Management in 2017
PV Subramanian  
1/18/2017   (1) comment
Preparing for the IoT revolution and the profound impact it will have on the supply chain does not need to be as daunting as it seems.
DoD Policy Takes Aim at Counterfeit Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/18/2017   (1) comment
The Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement final rule puts new guidelines in place for a DoD procurement practices to limit the risk of counterfeit parts getting integrated into critical military systems.
On-Shoring Under Trump: The Good, The Bad & the Ugly
Jim O'Reilly  
1/17/2017   Post a comment
The future remains to be seen. Everyone is wondering what might happen in the electronics supply chain if Trump slaps tariffs on China, and what might still happen if he doesn't.
The Future of the Supply Chain Lies in Ecosystems
Alex Peron  
1/17/2017   (1) comment
If all goes well, the right supply chain ecosystem minimizes the gap between demand and supply at every point in the system.
Automakers Sharing Data? When Cars Fly
Junko Yoshida  
1/16/2017   Post a comment
"HD Mapping" and "Connectivity" (V2V, V2I) are both viewed as indispensable predictive tools for highly automated driving.
Move Over Humans: Bots are Just Better for Some Supply Chain Tasks
B. Cameron Gain  
1/16/2017   Post a comment
Machines can outperform humans for a growing number of supply chain-related management tasks. And, as technology advances, that will only become more true.
Why the Surge of Third-Party APIs Matters to Supply Chain Executives
Jett McCandless  
1/16/2017   (1) comment
Application Program Interfaces (APIs), and more specifically third party API networks, can empower supply chain executives to improve their execution.
Semiconductor Capital Spending Projected to Increase
Dylan McGrath  
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner estimated that global capital spending in the semiconductor industry will total $69.9 billion this year, up from about $68 billion last year.
10 Supply Chain Infographics that Speak Louder than Words
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2017   (1) comment
We decided to look back at some of the most popular topics and graphics from the past year. This is a list of the most popular infographics on EBN in the past year.
10 Workplace Incentives that Promote Employee Retention
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Organizations can save money and increase employee retention by offering better benefits. Here are ten suggestions to make it happen.
Infineon: What Makes Robo-Cars Zero Defect?
Junko Yoshida  
1/12/2017   Post a comment
A one-on-one interview with Infineon CEO.
25 Million-Dollar Technology Ideas That Started on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/12/2017   (2) comments
We looked at Kickstarter to see what new ideas are exciting consumers the most. We found a couple dozen projects that asked for tens of thousands of dollars in support and raked in a million dollars or more.
Flexible OLED Displays: Overcoming Barriers to Mass Commercialization with High-Yield Manufacturing Processes
Shulik Leshem  
1/12/2017   Post a comment
Flexible OLED display technology has already arrived to the commercial marketplace – it may be in your pocket or strapped to your wrist right now.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
Junko Yoshida  
1/11/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Foxconn to Build $8.8b Factory in China Despite Trump
Pablo Valerio  
1/11/2017   Post a comment
Foxconn, the world’s largest technology manufacturer, recently announced its intention to build a new $8.8 billion factory in Guangzhou, China.
4 Ways Cloud-Based Sourcing Tools Will Enhance Business Outcomes in 2017
Chris Crane  
1/11/2017   Post a comment
Collectively sharing data within procurement can not only enhance overall business performance but make true impact on a business’s bottom line.
White House Report Warns of China’s Threat to Chip Industry
Dylan McGrath  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
The White House on Friday (Jan. 6) made public a strongly worded report on the U.S. semiconductor industry and the threat posed to it by China’s aggressive ambition to become a global player in the chip space.
5 Ways Electronics OEMs Can Combat the IP Theft Challenge
Mary E. Shacklett  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
Awareness of the problem of intellectual property theft, as well as strategic action can help manufacturers get a handle on the problem.
Wrapping up 2016: Packaging Trends to Watch
Frank Cavallaro  
1/10/2017   (2) comments
As we get buried in wrapping paper, what are some new ways to cut the waste?
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
R. Colin Johnson  
1/9/2017   Post a comment
Bosch Sensortec aims to maintain its current lead by integrating its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and other sensors into every IoT device under the sun.
How the Internet of Things Enables the Circular Economy
Pablo Valerio  
1/9/2017   Post a comment
IoT, using intelligent assets, can help develop products faster. The idea is reusing materials, and making money charging per use of things such as appliances, instead of selling them. That way manufacturers can make more durable products, and reuse their components at the end of their life cycle.
Connected Devices: Designed for Circularity & Growing Acceptance of Refurbished Devices
Xavier Hubert  
1/9/2017   Post a comment
While having optimal recycling schemes for unwanted devices is one solution to this increasing waste mountain, prolonging the life cycle of these devices by encouraging sales of second-hand devices is another alternative and a growing trend.
Toyota Exec on Robo-Cars: ‘Not Even Close’
The Sanity Clause  
1/6/2017   Post a comment
Although honesty in corporate presentations at the CES is typically not treated as the best policy, Gil Pratt, Toyota Research Institute CEO, bucked that trend and leveled with his audience here about the real future of autonomous cars.
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