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Posts posted in November 2015
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Marconi Back on the Airwaves
John Walko  
11/30/2015   Post a comment
The Marconi company brand to get a new life on a brand of digital radios, courtesy of a small but fast-growing UK company.
Talent Management: Technology Boost Hardens Soft Skills
Somdipto Ghosh  
11/30/2015   Post a comment
Innovation is critical to procurement and supply chain success, but many organizations get mired down in day to day activities. By leveraging technology prowess, electronics OEMs can help procurement pros find new and better ways of getting things done.
Supply Chain Proves Critical for Black Friday Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/27/2015   (1) comment
Advanced supply chain planning is critical to success on the biggest consumer electronics buying weekend of the year.
Last Mile Delivery Defines Success or Failure
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/27/2015   (4) comments
Black Friday sales can set the tone for the holiday season, but consumer respect throughout the year is a big part of being successful.
Saleable Wearables: A Surprising List
Junko Yoshida  
11/26/2015   Post a comment
The consumer electronics industry is feeling a little spooked by a drop of 4.36% in year-over-year demand — from October 2014-October 2015, according to Argus Insights — for a wearable market. Where has it gone wrong?
IoT Meets 40,000 Streetlights
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
What would you build if you could get access to 40,000 streetlights?
Automotive Industry Looks for Supply Chain Efficiencies
Harold Desjarlais  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
The automotive industry transforms and looks for greater efficiencies in the supply chain in order to keep up.
Operations or IT: Don't Pick a Side
Puga Sankara  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
When operations and IT partner together seamlessly, it can translate into huge supply chain efficiency and savings for an organization.
Meet The Startups From Wearable World Accelerator
Jessica Lipsky  
11/24/2015   Post a comment
A handful of new wearable and Internet of Things companies were on display at Wearable IoT World Labs’ fall demo day last week. The local accelerator showcased eight companies in the wearable and automotive world in its downtown headquarters.
European Supply Chains: A 2015 Retrospective
Bas Daver  
11/24/2015   Post a comment
Multinationals doing business in Europe will face continued supply chain pressures going into 2016, given increasingly disrupted global economies, the scaling up of omni-channel shopping, new technologies and network structures and evolving regulations.
Will IoT Make Taxing the Internet Inevitable?
Peter Clarke  
11/23/2015   Post a comment
Following Ben Franklin's logic, if IoT is as inevitable as death, taxes are sure to follow. Have we been living in a fool's paradise with regard to the Internet?
Imagining the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
11/23/2015   Post a comment
New technologies, advanced analytics, robotics, and visualization help pivot companies towards digital supply chain processes.
Editor’s Repair, Reliability Rant Oblivious to Product Reality
Bill Schweber  
11/20/2015   Post a comment
"Products should be repairable" is a nice thought, but how practical is that objective for today's high-performance, tightly packed consumer products?
Add Cybersecurity to Supply Chain Risk List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/20/2015   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is a critical component of managing risk in the supply chain. Here's a look at the biggest threats and latest best practices.
Big Data & Supply Chain: Lessons from the Wilderness
Suhas Marathe  
11/20/2015   Post a comment
As we explore the newest wilderness of big data, there are lessons to be learned from the pioneers of America's earliest history.
Why Japan Hasn't Led IoT
Junko Yoshida  
11/19/2015   Post a comment
During his keynote speech at the Embedded/IoT Technology conference, Ken Sakamura, creator of TRON, Japan’s home-grown RTOS, blasted Japanese embedded designers for their inability to lead the Internet of Things on the world stage.
Mini-MBA Focuses on IoT Impact on Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/19/2015   Post a comment
Value supply chains are looking for qualified talent with knowledge on today's organizational structure, the latest technological developments, and processes that will shape the next-generation supply chain. Rutgers Business School Executive Education new Mini-MBA aims to provide those skills.
5G Challenges Call for Startups
Rick Merritt  
11/18/2015   Post a comment
A pioneer of MIMO antenna technology gave his opinions on the challenges developing a 5G cellular standard and called for startups to attack them.
Navigating the Connected World: How to Put a Concept on Consumer Shelves
Bashar Nejdawi  
11/18/2015   Post a comment
Done right, electronics startups can find success, but it requires some patience and the right strategic partnerships.
Report: China Has $47bn Chip Fund Focused on U.S. M&A
Peter Clarke  
11/17/2015   Post a comment
Tsinghua Unigroup intends to spend 300 billion yuan (about $47 billion) over the next five years to build up China's position in the chip industry, according to the company chairman speaking in an interview given to Reuters.
IoT Analytics Brings Unprecedented Triage to Supply Chain
Puneet Pandit  
11/17/2015   Post a comment
Innovative supply chain managers are leveraging real time analysis to improve customer service, reduce the cost of that service, improve inventory control, and even identify new services with a potential to increase revenue.
Tried & True: 5 Benefits of an Effective ERP System
Aaron Continelli  
11/17/2015   Post a comment
ERP solutions are a one-stop shop for the savvy business owner, offering crucial insights into every aspect of a business’s operation. Here's a list of the top benefits.
Is Detroit Dead Meat?
Junko Yoshida  
11/16/2015   Post a comment
Calling Detroit’s auto industry ‘dead meat’ presumes that car OEMs lack the skills to develop software-centric cars. I don’t disagree. But any conclusion that requires an almost blind faith in Google and Apple makes me leery.
Top 10 Reasons Compliance Programs Fail
Leslie Benton  
11/16/2015   (1) comment
While intentions may be good, many companies still struggle with compliance. Here's a list of the top ten pitfalls.
The Case for Outsourcing Asset Recovery
Jesse Laver  
11/16/2015   Post a comment
Many companies are coming to the conclusion that there’s only so much they can do internally to address the challenge of asset recovery. In these instances, it may be best to seek an outside expert to peform key processes related to asset recovery.
A Therapy Session for Insecure IoT
Jessica Lipsky  
11/13/2015   Post a comment
Call the doctor, burgeoning Internet of Things devices are having a crisis! During a panel discussion at ARM TechCon, industry experts discussed the challenges of securing millions of devices.
Doctors Raise Skepticism About Usefulness of Wearable Medtech
Elizabeth Montalbano  
11/12/2015   Post a comment
Some physicians are beginning to voice their doubts about the usefulness of wearable medical devices beyond being mere gimmicks or convenient Christmas presents.
Ensure Your Supply Chain Can Weather the Storm
Evan Puzey  
11/12/2015   Post a comment
For supply chain and transportation experts, weather is top of mind as they work to anticipate potential pitfalls. Technology, visibility, and transportation management solutions have a vital role to play in that preparation.
10 Early Stage Technology Innovations Point to the Future
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/12/2015   Post a comment
Emerging technologies, including printed electronics, wearable technology, 3D printing, sensors, energy harvesting, electric vehicles and new advanced materials,are set to change the electronics market. Here's a look at 10 innovative embryonic technologies.
Thread Gets Real with Certification Rollout
Junko Yoshida  
11/11/2015   Post a comment
IoT isn’t exactly a market thing yet, due to the absence of a standardized platform both on the application and network protocol layers. But the industry may be coalescing around Thread, when it comes to network protocols.
Bad Economic Winds Blow Good for Shipping Prices
B. Cameron Gain  
11/11/2015   Post a comment
The economic downturn has made shipping by sea more affordable for electronics OEMs.
Wearables Cause EMS to Take a Cue from Fashion Industry
John Daker  
11/11/2015   Post a comment
The fashion industry and the electronics industry are on a collision course. Soon, they'll be competing head to head.
VW Feigns 'Transparency' With New CO2 Problems
Junko Yoshida  
11/10/2015   Post a comment
Here are six reasons why VW’s new disclosure – on understated CO2 emissions -- is even more devastating to the company, markets, and consumers.
Testing for Counterfeits & Quality: The Rise of 3rd-Party Labs Fights Clones
Lisa Ann Cairns  
11/10/2015   Post a comment
Testing of electronic components is a continuously maturing area, the role of third part testing labs is likely to increase in the near future given the requirements of the proposed DFARS 9-21-15 amendments and the role of AS 6081/6171 raises the bar.
The X-Y-Z Framework for Product Management
Rob Bernshteyn  
11/10/2015   Post a comment
To be truly successful in creating products, you have to consider it from a variety of angles including customers, innovation, and market opportunity
Printed Electronics Make a Mark
Rick Merritt  
11/9/2015   Post a comment
A handful of companies will show new kinds of products using printed electronics at an annual Silicon Valley event on the sector.
Millennials in Supply Chain: How to Attract, Train & Prepare Successful Leaders
Abe Eshkenazi  
11/9/2015   (2) comments
Supply chain professionals know that the job is challenging and rewarding, but we have to do more to get the word out to those just coming into the workforce.
RFID Chips Change the Face of Logistics
Jennifer Bosavage  
11/9/2015   Post a comment
Long-available RFID technology is suddenly finding a new niche as manufacturers create an IoT-enabled supply and logistics chains.
A Quick Guide to Trade Secrets
Pamela Passman  
11/6/2015   Post a comment
This infographic provides a brief tutorial of trade secrets and how companies and employees can protect against the theft of trade secrets.
Through the Decades: A History of Printing Technology
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/6/2015   Post a comment
Printing is a critical to just about every type of business, and printings newest technology (3D printing) has the potential to transform manufacturing as well. Here you can take a virtual tour of the history of printing.
Smartphone Slide Proceeds, Says Q’Comm
Rick Merritt  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Growth of smartphone sales will continue to slow as China OEMs take a bigger share of the market and selling prices decline next year, said Qualcomm reporting drops in annual sales and profits.
EBN@C-Level: Arrow Electronics' Tim Kolbus Talks About Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Tim Kolbus, vice president of Global Logistics Services at Arrow Electronics gives us his thoughts on supply chain strategy—and to hear about how Arrow is tackling this important topic, from hiring the right people to choosing the right technologies.
Foster a Culture of Innovation in the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Focusing on innovation gets more important as our lives become more technology dependent each day. The organizations and people that adapt to innovation and that are technology savvy will be the winners of the future.
HP Inc. CTO: To the PC and Beyond
Rick Merritt  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
The CTO of the new HP Inc. shares his vision for the future of PCs and new computing markets in the Internet of Things, 3-D printing and wearables.
New Carbon Trust Standard Pushes Corporate Responsibility into Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
Carbon Trust, in London, England, has recently launched a new international certification for supply chains working to measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions.
How Top-Class Electronic Testing Keeps Customers Happy
Sven Boddington  
11/4/2015   (1) comment
When a product breaks or doesn't work, good systems for diagnosing and solving the problem may be the difference between happy customers and ex-customers.
I Should Have Thought of That Sooner
Fred Molinari  
11/3/2015   Post a comment
When developing a new product, develop the sales brochure first.
From Counterfeit Electronics to Clones: You Can't Afford to Ignore Them
Mitchell Miller  
11/3/2015   Post a comment
Cloned parts can pass industry-standard visual package inspection but they aren't up to the rigorous quality standards of the original part. That's a big problem.
New European Medical Device & IVD Regulations Impact Supply Chain
Paula McCarthy  
11/3/2015   Post a comment
Newly revised legislation around medical devices hopes to address technological and scientific progress while maintaining fair and free trade of devices. In this latest round, the proposed regulations, for the first time, defines ‘importer’ and a ‘distributor,’ and outlines new responsibilities for each.
Cellular Simplifies its IoT Road Map
Rick Merritt  
11/2/2015   (1) comment
Cellular vendors will cancel plans for LTE Category 0 chips, focusing instead on Category M in their race against rivals to provide low cost and low power links for the Internet of Things.
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