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Posts posted in March 2016
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Foxconn, Sharp Make a Deal. What Next?
Junko Yoshida  
3/31/2016   Post a comment
The Sharp-Foxconn soap opera, playing out publicly since 2012, exposed an unusual level of raw emotion between the two companies.
Betting Big on Data in the Supply Chain
John Boucher  
3/31/2016   Post a comment
Real-time visibility of a brand’s supply chain is required to stay competitive. Big data is essential to achieving this.
Is Car-to-Car Talk Done Deal in US?
Junko Yoshida  
3/30/2016   Post a comment
By gaining the support of the city of Sunnyvale and partnering with Savari, Nissan, which has a Research Center in Sunnyvale, has effectively shifted its V2X test program into the real world. Who else are V2X ecosystem?
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Debbi Wan, Cisco
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/30/2016   (2) comments
EBN talked to Debbi Wan, strategic sourcing manager, Global Manufacturing Operations for Cisco Systems, about her experiences in the electronics supply chain, as well as for her advice on other young professionals who might want to enter the field.
U.S Withdraws Apple Case
Rick Merritt  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
The U.S. has withdrawn it's case forcing Apple to crack a terrorist's iPhone, but the debate of privacy vs. law enforcement continues.
Pack It Up: the Evolving Business of Protective Packaging
Frank Cavallaro  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
Momentum favors sustainable packaging although there is still a lot of room for improvement.
Forge Fabless Success with Hybrid, Flexible Manufacturing Sourcing
Syed Alam  
3/29/2016   Post a comment
By using a thoughtful combination of known Good Die and Wafer Buy strategies, fabless semiconductor companies can balance material costs, risk, and yield to meet demand.
Autopilot: Flying vs. Driving
Junko Yoshida  
3/28/2016   Post a comment
Autonomous car developers disagree whether to design a driverless or driver-optional vehicle. This disparity illustrates the almost impossible tasks in making infallible autonomous cars and predicting human behavior in interactions with highly automated systems.
Cell Phone Providers Deal with Used Device Onslaught
Irv Grossman  
3/28/2016   Post a comment
As much as we have forward logistics figured out as an industry, reverse logistics remains a new and largely unexplored territory for cell phone providers.
Fabless Semis Potentially Erode Competitiveness
Syed Alam  
3/28/2016   (2) comments
Ballooning cost structures are undermining the competitiveness of many fabless companies. These organizations need to consider new strategies.
OFC: Pluggable Module Makers Claim They Can't Make Money
Martin Rowe  
3/25/2016   Post a comment
At OFC 2016, a panel of optical module makers, suppliers, and users blamed the market, the technology, and the datacenter mentality for their woes, but they're still in the game.
ACE Compliance Deadline Looming for Logistics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/25/2016   Post a comment
The logistics industry is looking carefully at the ACE initiative and how the newest requirements may change the way business must be done.
Samsung Beating Apple in the Innovation Game
Puga Sankara  
3/25/2016   Post a comment
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is better than iPhone because its battery lasts longer and it charges fast. Why can’t Apple make the iPhone battery bigger and incorporate fast and wireless charging?
The Second Act: Life After Running a Company
Fred Molinari  
3/24/2016   Post a comment
After running a company for over 40 years, it's time to figure out what to do next.
Technology & Logistics Unite for the Benefit of Wearables
Brian Akers  
3/24/2016   (2) comments
Wearable technology companies need a strong logistics partner to meet growing demand.
Avoid the Pitfalls of Sell-Through Channel Management
Sanjoy Chatterji  
3/24/2016   Post a comment
Leaving aside the mechanics of collecting and normalizing data formats, let’s explore some other complexities which tend to multiply as the number of product SKUs, distributors, and channel programs grow.
Brussels & What’s Really Important
Rick Merritt  
3/23/2016   Post a comment
Events like the attacks in Brussels soften my heart and remind me what’s really important.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Amy Georgi, Fluke Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/23/2016   (1) comment
Amy Georgi, a program manager in supply chain acquisitions and integrations with Fluke Electronics, shares her experiences in the global electronics supply chain.
Avnet Continues to Get Students Involved in STEM
Simi Srivastava  
3/23/2016   Post a comment
The 11th Annual Avnet Tech Games will give scores of students a chance to win scholarships and rub shoulders with industry veterans.
Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" Not Exactly Surprising
Brian Dipert  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
Although there were no big surprises in Monday's Apple intro event thanks to supply chain and developer leaks, the event wasn't completely drama-free.
Why the Supply Chain Needs the iPhone
Samuel Mueller  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
With the iPhone, all sorts of possibilities open up in the supply chain for order entry, inventory management, asset tracking, and much more.
Some of My Best Friends are Engineers
Philip Stoten  
3/22/2016   Post a comment
In the wake of National Engineers Week, which gave us days of inspirational quotes about, and from, those involved in engineering, let's give thanks for the work of engineers.
Apple Event: What To Expect
Brian Dipert  
3/21/2016   Post a comment
What will the Apple event bring today? Here's an educated guess.
How to Best Manage Your Supply Chain During Extreme Winter Weather
Jim Hoefflin  
3/21/2016   Post a comment
Your supply chain technology can help you make it through winter 2016 and beyond.
West Coast Shutdown Demonstrated Logistics Risks, Opportunities
Jodi Burrows  
3/21/2016   Post a comment
The West Coast Port shutdown highlighted the fragility of the global supply chain, the dependence of logistics companies on the West Coast gateway and the need for technology to improve port efficiency.
12 In-Car Devices to Watch Drivers
Junko Yoshida  
3/18/2016   (1) comment
Automakers know that drivers get tired, they get sleepy and, more often than not, their attention wanders. But technologies to monitor drivers have taken on a whole new meaning, as more automated features come into cars.
Back to the Future: Pricing Still Center Stage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/18/2016   Post a comment
Although we've moved forward, with more large organizations naming a chief procurement officer (CPO), the reality of business pressures remain, keeping procurement pros focused, to some extent on pricing rather than strategy.
Drones' Challenge: Add 'Autonomy' in Flying
Junko Yoshida  
3/17/2016   (1) comment
Most consumer drones today are flying blind. Taking on the challenge of autonomous flying are DJI, the world’s leading drone maker in Shenzhen, China, and Movidius (San Mateo, Calif.), a designer of low-power computer vision SoCs.
Ireland: a Lucky & Lucrative Electronics Manufacturing Destination
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/17/2016   (1) comment
In the electronics supply chain and manufacturing sectors, that Irish identity may be increasingly the norm.
Why Operationally Excellent Companies Manage Their Channels on a Sell-Through Basis
Sanjoy Chatterji  
3/17/2016   Post a comment
Increasingly, companies that emphasize operational excellence are managing their channel on a “sell-through” basis, even if they continue to use sell-in for accounting purposes.
Quality at the Heart of PLM
Rob Spiegel  
3/16/2016   Post a comment
Quality tools are getting embedded in PLM systems to help design engineers manage quality data.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Christian Goehring, Avnet
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/16/2016   Post a comment
We sat down with one of Avnet's rising supply chain talents to ask him his thoughts on the electronics industry and the opportunities that a career in the supply chain provides.
U.S. Wins the Latest WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Policies… Well, Sort of!
MP Divakar  
3/16/2016   (6) comments
The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of the United States on the latter’s complaint against the Indian government’s insistence on domestic / local content requirements (DCR / LCR) for its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM) for solar cells and solar modules. The impact may be far reaching.
Smart Glasses May Replace Smartphones
Jessica Lipsky  
3/15/2016   (1) comment
While still at the stage of prototypes and developer kits, the nascent market for virtual and augmented reality headsets will explode by 2018, according to a panel of proponents at the Game Developers Conference.
7 Tips to Help Electronics OEMs Ease the Transition to B2B e-Commerce
Chip House  
3/15/2016   Post a comment
it’s essential for those in the electronics industry to make the move now in order to stay competitive and increase the flexibility of their supply chain.
The Value of the Mexican Peso vs. the U.S. Dollar
Scott Stanley  
3/15/2016   (1) comment
Learn more about the current value of the Mexican Peso and what it means for electronics manufacturers conducting business in Mexico.
Cross Pacific Partners: Japan's Startups, US Dollars
Jessica Lipsky  
3/14/2016   Post a comment
Several organizations have set their sights on Japan for the next wave of successful startups and visionary entrepreneurs. At a pitch event, investors discussed how emerging startups can harness the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling
Pamela J. Gordon  
3/14/2016   (3) comments
Toss it or recycle it? Electronics OEMs and consumers like need to think about how to handle the electronic content in their products.
Want ROI? You Need Rationale, Organization, & Initiative
Eric Allais  
3/14/2016   Post a comment
You have to ensure a project has the right purpose, you have the right organization to embrace what needs to happen, and the ambition or initiative, to launch and continuously improve your processes to drive results.
VR Device Shipments to Hit 50M Units by 2020
Peter Clarke  
3/11/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality (VR) device shipments will total more than 50 million units by 2020, according to market research firm ABI Research. This equates to a compound annual growth rate of almost 85%.
Politics & the Supply Chain: A Look at the Election
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/11/2016   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs know that what happens at the voting polls and ultimately in the White House can make all the difference in what happens, good or bad, for the global supply chain.
Oil Drills & Apples: Sensors Provide Insight into Supply Chain Operations
Puga Sankara  
3/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest mobile devices are equipped with power sensor technology that can provide a lot of insights on operations on your supply chain. Make sure that your organization is leveraging them to get actionable insights.
Are Your Charging Habits Degrading Your Smartphone & Tablet?
Max Maxfield  
3/10/2016   (1) comment
Recharging your smartphone or tablet computer when it's down to 50% charge may significantly extend the service life of your battery.
10 Rising Supply Chain Stars: Meet the Millennials Changing Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/10/2016   Post a comment
ThomasNet and the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) announced the winners of its 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program--and the electronics industry is well represented.
Intel Commits to No More Conflict Minerals in 2016
Ariella Brown  
3/10/2016   (1) comment
EBN talks to Intel about its plans to become totally conflict mineral free during this calendar year.
Smart Appliance Investigation Underway in Europe
Richard Fassler  
3/9/2016   Post a comment
The European Commission (EC) has begun investigating “smart appliances” as a first step towards possible efficiency, interoperability, and energy labeling regulations for connected products.
Mobile ID & Supply Chain: A Game Changer
Pablo Valerio  
3/9/2016   Post a comment
Mobile ID, combined with Smartchips, near field communications (NFC), and iBeacons, can secure the logistics chain in manufacturing, packaging, and delivery.
Open, Hardware-Based IoT Security Can Be a Win/Win for Innovation & Regulation
The prpl Palette  
3/9/2016   Post a comment
Technology devices offer a wealth of possibilities for tech savvy owners keen to push their device capabilities to the limits. At the same time there are logical reasons why lawmakers and regulators need to lock down certain functionality.
Dell Expanding into Industrial PC, IIoT Markets
Rich Quinnell  
3/8/2016   Post a comment
Faced with a declining desktop market, PC maker Dell is branching out into industrial PCs and the IIoT.
Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Supply Chain Warnings in its Wake
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/8/2016   Post a comment
The recent earthquake in Taiwan offers a conversation starter for global electronics OEMs who are hoping to leverage the event as a cautionary tale for risk planning.
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