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Posts posted in December 2015
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Get Ready for the Holiday Returns Season
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/31/2015   (1) comment
Holiday returns can take a retail e-commerce sales season from merry to bleak. Here's a look at the reality of the trend.
How to Effectively Manage Channel Data
Chanan Greenberg  
12/30/2015   (1) comment
Organizations need to be sure that they have the right processes in place to actively and effectively manage channel data.
What’s Next for the Supply Chain in 2016
Sven Boddington  
12/29/2015   (2) comments
As we get ready to turn the calendar page to a new year, it's a perfect time to look at what trends and topics will take top billing for the electronics industry in 2016.
5 Measurable Benefits that WMS Delivers
Eric Allais  
12/28/2015   (1) comment
At its core, a warehouse management system (WMS) is a tool for improving a warehouse’s ROI through improved customer service. The five key benefits of a WMS are inventory management, workforce productivity, customer satisfaction, efficient use of space and more intelligent material handling equipment.
Power Goes Fast & Smart
Andreas Glaser  
12/28/2015   (1) comment
In these times of smartphones and iPads, Industry 4.0, and the Internet of Things, new technologies and new processes from the field of power electronics are vitally important.
The Importance of Team Dynamics in the Global Supply Chain
Kella Knack  
12/27/2015   (1) comment
Teamwork and a sense of being a team player may be the most important skill in today's global electronics supply chain.
High-Tech OEMs Make Holiday Delights
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/24/2015   Post a comment
With a plethora of technology gadgets hitting store shelves, there's something for everyone—but the sheer volume of choice can be overwhelming.
Reverse Logistics: Data in the Details
John Boucher  
12/23/2015   (1) comment
Visibility into your organization’s reverse logistics pipeline can present many added value opportunities that assist in improving your bottom line.
Mexico’s Thriving Automotive Electronics Industry Needs Parallel EHS Boom
Pamela J. Gordon  
12/23/2015   (3) comments
Automotive manufacturers in Mexico need to take special precautions to ensure environmental health and safety in their facilities.
4 Biggest Challenges of Channel Data Management
Chanan Greenberg  
12/23/2015   (3) comments
Collecting data and then converting it into information, insights and ultimately actions is what separates today's market leaders from the followers.
Leaders Explore the Trade-Offs in Successful European Supply Chain Networks
Erik Diks  
12/22/2015   (1) comment
Supply chain and distribution costs vary significantly by product type and industry, a Chainalytics' study found. .
5 Tips to Get Your Systems Ready for the Connected Economy
Rahul Asthana  
12/22/2015   Post a comment
As OEMs start to build connected devices for the Internet of Things, keeping enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other systems up to date is a critical component to success.
Thread’s Killer App?
Junko Yoshida  
12/21/2015   Post a comment
These Thread devices to be demonstrated at CES can’t actually send commands to each other, unless they speak the same language. So, which application layer will each of those Thread products be using?
The Importance of On-Time Payment in the Supply Chain
Mark Medlen  
12/21/2015   Post a comment
If you want to win friends and influence people, there’s no better way than paying your bills on time, or even a little early. We’ve all learned a lot about being a good vendor, but what about being a good customer? What makes us stand out with our suppliers and get more of their attention when we need it?
Time for a High-Tech Risk Makeover?
David Roegge  
12/20/2015   (1) comment
High-tech OEMs in particular need to be proactive in assessing and revising their risk profiles.
FinTech Companies Add Supply Chain Financing
Logical Link  
12/20/2015   Post a comment
Supply chain financing is winning attention and becoming part of FinTech companies’ portfolio of services.
VR Ride Pumped Me Up
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2015   Post a comment
A drive, ride and fly through virtual reality courtesy of a new peripheral from startup Virzoom reaffirms that VR world will someday be vast.
E-Commerce for the 2015 Holidays: More, but Different
Chris Jones  
12/18/2015   Post a comment
This year's version of holiday shopping is again being reshaped by changing consumer e-commerce buying habits and retailer fulfillment strategies.
'Tis the Season to Party
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/18/2015   Post a comment
Technology companies may be a step ahead in planning holiday get togethers--there's a lot of cool mobile apps to make the job easy.
Microchip Named as Atmel Bidder
Peter Clarke  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
Microcontroller vendor Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) is the company that has made a $3.8 billion unsolicited offer for Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), according to a Reuters report that referenced an unnamed source.
iPad Pro Not Ready for Supply Chain Prime Time
Puga Sankara  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
The Apple iPad Pro is cool, but it will need to evolve to be a solid supply chain and warehouse tool.
Automotive Enterprise Labeling: What to Look For
Harold Desjarlais  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
Enterprise labeling offers automotive manufacturers a variety of benefits. Choosing the correct solution, though, is a critical part to reaping potential rewards.
Fed Rate Hike Impacts Semiconductor Industry
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
The recent federal interest rate hike represents an important moment in the U.S. economy—and for the electronics industry.
Apple Buys Wafer Fab in San Jose
Peter Clarke  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has bought a wafer fab in North First Street, San Jose, Calif. from analog and mixed-signal chip vendor Maxim Integrated Products Inc., according to a Silicon Valley Business Journal report.
OEMs Leverage Shorter Product Lifespans to Increase Bottom Lines
Linda Li  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
The diminishing lifespan of many electronic devices, especially cell phones, are putting new pressures on OEMs, but opportunity still exists to enhance business.
Tell Apple to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool Aid: The PC Isn't Dead Yet
Puga Sankara  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
No wonder Apple is struggling to sell its products to enterprises. The iconic Apple is wrong to claim that iPad Pro will replace PCs, a statement that is surprising coming from an executive with an enterprise background at Compaq and IBM's supply chain and procurement departments.
Making Interstate Safe for Cap’n Crunch
Junko Yoshida  
12/15/2015   Post a comment
Startup Nauto plans to announce at CES 2016 a device based on cameras coupled with smart computer-vision algorithms to retrofit cars with driver-assistance technology that sets the stage for full autonomy.
Holiday Season Raises Supply Chain Opportunity & Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/15/2015   Post a comment
At the holiday season, the supply chain is particularly important so risk planning is critical.
West Coast Port Headaches Revisited
Jonathan Gilbert  
12/15/2015   (1) comment
Just six months after the last round of unrest, another strike affects Southern California ports. Is your supply chain at risk?
Roadmap to Trillion Sensors Forks
R. Colin Johnson  
12/14/2015   Post a comment
Presenters at the Trillion Sensor Summit described two plans to produce a roadmap from 15 billion sensors in 2015 to 1 trillion by 2025.
Offshore Supplier Dependency Discourages Reshoring
Susan Fourtané  
12/14/2015   (1) comment
How viable and scalable reshoring manufacturing really is? A new research paper examines how manufacturers' dependency on offshore suppliers impacts their consideration of reshoring.
High-Tech Shoppers Demand Delivery Options
David Roegge  
12/14/2015   (2) comments
Those shopping for high-tech holiday surprises are looking for carriers to offer flexible and user-focused delivery options.
Analysts Predict CES 2016 Trends
Jessica Lipsky  
12/11/2015   Post a comment
The 2016 International CES will show evolutionary progress in a range of products from cars and drones to smart homes and wearables with a heightened focus on the impact of connectivity, said analysts.
From Holiday Fear to Holiday Cheer: Safe Shipping Habits for the Holidays
Nicholas DiRaimondo  
12/11/2015   Post a comment
Despite all of this joyful activity surrounding the holidays, there is one thing preventing shippers and forwarders from celebrating too enthusiastically: theft.
Manufacturing Day 2015 Helps Helps Shift Perceptions
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2015   Post a comment
Eighty one percent of students surveyed after Manufacturing Day 2015 are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding.
Inside NXP Merger: Dos & Don'ts
Junko Yoshida  
12/10/2015   Post a comment
The first instinct for anyone working at chip companies about to go through mergers and acquisitions would be understandably to assume the worst: There goes your job. What should be your next step?
5 Strategies for Optimizing Global Trade
Logical Link  
12/10/2015   Post a comment
Global trade inefficiencies compel chief supply chain officers to look for ways to reengineer and optimize the flow of goods.
Automotive Labeling: 7 Ways To Drive Supply Chain Efficiency
Harold Desjarlais  
12/10/2015   Post a comment
With the right enterprise labeling solution, automotive industry suppliers benefit in a variety of ways.
Standing Tall Beside Amazon in Electronic Component Distribution
Kelly Barner  
12/9/2015   (1) comment
Not everyone sees it as inevitable that the e-commerce and distribution giant will dominate electronic component distribution.
How Amazon Could Flex Supply Chain Deliveries
Laurie Sullivan  
12/9/2015   Post a comment
Amazon has eyed and captured many markets. Will logistical services be the company's next big move?
Scope, Not Scale, Drives Freescale/NXP Nuptials
Junko Yoshida  
12/8/2015   Post a comment
As NXP and Freescale completed a merger Monday, NXP CEO Rick Clemmer declined to answer a question about the number of layoffs likely to ensue. The CEO said he won’t yet know absolute numbers for a few months.
China’s Status as a Low-Cost Production Powerhouse Wanes
B. Cameron Gain  
12/8/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, manufacturers are looking beyond China for new manufacturing sites as costs rise and benefits decrease.
5 Ways for Electronics OEMs to Create Instant Gratification for Consumers
John Boucher  
12/8/2015   Post a comment
Customers want online orders rapidly filled but the solution isn’t in improving shipping times – it’s in improving order fulfillment.
Tech Tackles Climate Change: From Batteries to Mini-Grids
R. Colin Johnson  
12/7/2015   Post a comment
This fourth part of how we can still beat greenhouse warming climate change by adopting carbon-free electrical generation and zero-emission transit focuses on batteries and the infrastructure that utilizes them.
Tracking the Evolution of Distribution Center Tech
Puga Sankara  
12/7/2015   Post a comment
Distribution centers have come a long way from the paper-based processes of the past. It's come a long way since then.
Nearshoring Presents New Challenges for Transportation Industry
Mike Maris  
12/7/2015   Post a comment
Bringing manufacturing closer to home yeilds benefits but also creates logistical challenges.
Can't Get What You Want for Christmas? Blame the Supply Chain
Elizabeth Montalbano  
12/4/2015   Post a comment
A survey by Riverwood Solutions found that the biggest problem for the supply chain over the busy holiday gift-giving season is visibility.
Bring the Wisdom of Crowds to the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/4/2015   Post a comment
The electronics industry needs to start leveraging collective wisdom for better business outcomes.
IPSO Alliance Identifies IoT Innovators with Challenge Finalists
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2015   Post a comment
The IPSO Challenge asked inventors and designers to look for new and innovative ways to use IoT technology to solve real-world problems.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2016
Suzanne Deffree  
12/3/2015   Post a comment
EDN, EBN, and EE Times editors explore some of the hot technologies in 2016 that will shape next year’s technology trends and beyond.
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