What not to look for in 2011 Barbara Jorgensen 12/28/2010 (13) comments If high-tech companies do not adopt sustainability policies in supply chain, governments will in future mandate something they may not like
Mixed Signals for EMS in 2011 Barbara Jorgensen 12/23/2010 (5) comments So far, publicly traded EMS companies seem more optimistic about 2011 than some analysts, who caution differences in regional growth projections and a challenging procurement environment might dampen sales growth for next year
The Value of Partnerships Phil Sansone 12/22/2010 (11) comments Strong partnerships with suppliers and customers propelled Avnet to more than $20 billion in annual sales from only $1 million in 1956
Market Opportunities in REE Recycling Barbara Jorgensen 12/21/2010 (8) comments As the use of rare-earth elements increases in vehicles and other common technologies, recycled content could become valuable as a secondary source on the market, which can ease periods of tight supply
Tight Supplies, Tantalums & 2011 Barbara Jorgensen 12/20/2010 (11) comments The squeeze on tantalum capacitors will continue into 2011, global distributors say, but there's no expectation that parts will be any more difficult to get next year than they are now
Behind the Dividend Debate Barbara Jorgensen 12/17/2010 (5) comments In the past few months we've seen a flurry of announcements that tech companies are paying dividends to their shareholders. I recently got a look into some of the deliberations behind the dividend decision and found them to be enlightening
Avnet to Analysts: Reasons for Continued Optimism Barbara Jorgensen 12/16/2010 (5) comments Reading signals from both suppliers and customers is often a matter of survival in the electronics distribution channel. Avnet, which has more than 600 suppliers and hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide, sees a period of sustained growth for the industry
ITC: US IP Remains at Risk in China Barbara Jorgensen 12/14/2010 (5) comments The nearly 200-page report from the US International Trade Commission measures the financial losses associated with IP infringement and attempts to quantify the impact counterfeiting has on economic competitiveness
The Global Currency Conundrum R. Scott Raynovich 12/13/2010 (10) comments The great conundrum of the global markets at the moment is how to cope with growing economic dichotomies, particularly with regard to currency movements and how they relate to global trade
Forecast: More Deal-Making in 2011 Barbara Jorgensen 12/13/2010 (7) comments A number of macroeconomic trends, including the availability of attractive debt financing and stronger valuations for corporate assets, have set the stage for more corporate M&A activity in 2011
The Ghost of Options Past Barbara Jorgensen 12/9/2010 (6) comments Tech companies contested an accounting change that required stock options to be charged against earnings, arguing that it would hurt employee morale and increase employee turnover
A New PC OEM, a Tired Business Model Bruce Gain 12/9/2010 (9) comments French startup Jolicloud is launching a netbook it says offers Intel's Atom dual-core n550 in a box that retails for less than competing PCs – because it does not run Windows as its operating system
Franchises Fill In the Gaps Barbara Jorgensen 12/8/2010 (6) comments While global franchises are becoming more popular, geographic gaps still exist. Suppliers increasingly are filling in those gaps by expanding existing distribution agreements into multiple regions
Band-Aids & Better Solutions Barbara Jorgensen 12/8/2010 (6) comments The government and industry have a made a couple of moves within the past two weeks in the interest of protecting the supply chain: UPS is requiring ID; and the US government has seized more than 80 Websites. Neither is a permanent solution
DCA Expectations & Predictions for 2011 Michael Kirschner 12/8/2010 (3) comments Expect two more lists of substances of very high concern from the European Union that you will have to disclose; and guidance from the Securities & Exchange Commission on how public companies can meet the annual conflict minerals reporting requirements
Cargo Security Measures Expanded Barbara Jorgensen 12/7/2010 (10) comments Consumers who ship through any retail location and do not have a pre-printed shipping label attached will have to present a government-issued photo ID or they will not be allowed to use UPS services
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.