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Posts posted in June 2017
Why Linking Supply Chain Objectives to Performance Will Never Work
Adrien Sandrini  
6/30/2017   Post a comment
More and more i believe that objectives linked to performance are behind some of our biggest supply chain problems.
The Implications of Buying Toshiba’s Flash Business
Jim O'Reilly  
6/29/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba, as a leading developer of NAND technology, makes an attractive target to companies jockeying for position in the coming transition from spinning hard drives to all solid-state solutions.
USA e-Invoicing: Why EU’s PEPPOL Offers a Success Template
Roger Hatfield  
6/29/2017   (1) comment
There’s plenty the USA could learn from Europe about making electronic invoicing a priority.
On-Demand Trucking: The Birth of Uber Freight
Susan Fourtané  
6/28/2017   (1) comment
Ride-sharing service Uber has entered the freight transportation market offering an app that matches truckers and trucking companies with loads to haul.
6 Reasons Manufacturers Need Group Buyers
Ron Justin  
6/28/2017   Post a comment
A group-buy campaign connects manufacturers with inventors and enthusiasts you cannot reach through your traditional sales channels. Learn how one manufacturer’s group buy enabled dozens of innovations and drove thousands of incremental sales of a hot new sensor.
6 Lessons Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Teaches
Joanne Moretti  
6/27/2017   (8) comments
As two modern day success stories come together, consumers wonder what it means for us. In reality, the most valuable lessons can be culled by retails and other major brands, particularly in the high technology sector.
Brexit Continues & Puts Additional Pressure on UK Industry
Pablo Valerio  
6/27/2017   Post a comment
The British pound took another hit as Theresa May’s Conservative Party lost seats in Parliament and the outright majority they had before. A deal with the DUP (N. Ireland Unionist Party) assures May continues as prime minister, but weakens her position ahead of Brexit negotiations.
Today’s Complex Supply Chains Demand Visibility Solutions
Ariella Brown  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Technology can point the way to more visible, better managed, and more efficient supply chains that deliver better value for companies and their customers.
5 Factors to Look at When Considering a Contract Management Solution
Chris Crane  
6/26/2017   Post a comment
Find a procurement management platform that has the automation, flexibility, and transparency needed to build sourcing models and enterprise deliverables that provide measurable results and consistent business impact.
Measuring the Current State of Digital Transformation & Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/23/2017   (1) comment
Survey says: digital transformation efforts within organization drive supply chain restructuring activities.
Understand Customer Behavior to Capture Omnichannel Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/23/2017   (1) comment
Retailers and manufacturers need to leverage customer insights to unlock competitive advantage to make better category decisions and achieve localized merchandising, a new survey found.
More Trade with Asia Comes at a Shipping Price
B. Cameron Gain  
6/22/2017   (1) comment
Shipping to Asia is getting harder. The problem: a huge capacity backlog sitting and waiting for container ships
Economic Data Creates Procurement Strategies Foundation
Richard G. Weissman  
6/22/2017   (1) comment
Economics drives the supply chain. Here are some of the stats and resources that should be top of mind for smart procurement people.
Counterfeiting: Why Blockchain Is a Solution for the Semiconductor Industry
Adrien Sandrini  
6/21/2017   (6) comments
Blockchain has the potential to help the electronics industry address the very real problem of counterfeit components.
18 Women Helping Pave the Way in High-Tech Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/21/2017   Post a comment
The Manufacturing Institute launched its STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead initiative. As part of the program, the group has recognized women for excellence in manufacturing. This year, 18 of these 130 leaders were leading the charge on the high-technology manufacturing front.
Pragmatism Pervades Smart Factory Floor
Gary Hilson  
6/20/2017   Post a comment
The move to Industry 4.0 has led to a culture clash between operation technology and information technology. Meanwhile, Internet of Things buzzwords resonate less with manufacturers than cost savings.
Supply Chain Resilience in the Age of Nationalism
Logical Link  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Supply chain professionals face a dilemma: Creating resiliency as nationalistic sentiments increase worldwide.
Combating Excess Capacity Issues
Jett McCandless  
6/19/2017   Post a comment
Carriers must become smarter about their use of technology and act quickly to weather today’s soft market—while at the same time, preparing themselves for a profitable future.
Smart Machine Age Shifts the Future Workforce
Puga Sankara  
6/16/2017   Post a comment
A recent panel tackled the question of how disruptive technology will change the work force.
Digital Age Demands Supply Chain Restructuring
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/16/2017   Post a comment
The ability to transform into a digital supply chain will decide the winners and the losers going forward. Here's a look at the five stages of maturity.
VR & AR: The New Supply Chain Reality
Samuel Mueller  
6/15/2017   Post a comment
For the first time, virtual reality and augmented reality have the potential to really impact the tasks and effectiveness of the supply chain in a handful of areas.
2017 Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors: A Wrestling Match
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/14/2017   (6) comments
In recent years, getting ahead in electronics industry has been a game of inches, with major players wrestling for greater customer share. Here's a look at the biggest names in 2017.
Millennial Buyers Create Ripples in Distribution Model
Kelly Brock  
6/14/2017   Post a comment
Distributors, who have played an essential role connecting manufacturers and consumers, are being upended more rapidly than previously thought by millennial customers. They must quickly recognize threats and adapt.
Trucking Regulations: What Supply Chain Managers Need to Know
Susan Fourtané  
6/13/2017   Post a comment
Coming regulations are anticipated to decrease the driver pool and truck capacity with immediate consequences disrupting over-the-road shipping.
Uncovering (& Solving) 3 Biggest Hidden Supply Chain Costs
Brent Miller  
6/13/2017   Post a comment
A handful of common problems top the lists of hidden supply chain costs. Fortunately, a few easy steps help eliminate them for improved efficiency and productivity.
Medical Devices & Other EEEs Could Face Hard-Stop in EU by 2019
Pablo Valerio  
6/12/2017   Post a comment
New RoHS 2 restrictions will trigger next month, and many products, including many medical devices, monitoring and control instruments, and all pipe organs, could be banned from the EU market in less than two years.
Supply Chain Visibility: Digitizing Transforms Shipping Industry
Matt Elenjickal  
6/12/2017   Post a comment
For transportation companies and enterprise supply chain executives, developing and executing a digital transformation process requires the resolve to modernize decades old processest. The entire supply chain, including visibility, will be affected by digital transformation
More Connected Means More Vulnerable
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/9/2017   (1) comment
The reality of IoT brings with it the real need for solid security both in product design and installation.
Micromanaging for Success: What’s Your Style?
Puga Sankara  
6/9/2017   (2) comments
To micromanage or not? That is the question.
Gartner Identifies Top 10 High-Tech Supply Chains
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/8/2017   Post a comment
These high tech companies are the leaders in terms of supply chain. Both nimble and innovative, the top 10 have demonstrated ability to react in a changing marketplace.
Shared Data Mitigates Supply Chain Cost of Electronics Counterfeiting
Michael Schuldenfrei  
6/8/2017   Post a comment
The electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industries have technology solutions to limit counterfeiting practices within the supply chain, but they come at a high cost.
Maersk Gets a Grip on Supply Chain Data with the Cloud
Ariella Brown  
6/7/2017   Post a comment
Microsoft's Azure cloud platform is intended to enable Maersk to pursue its goal of digital transformation and advance its strategy “of becoming the global integrator of container logistics.”
3 New Ways Procurement Can Drive & Define Value With the Cloud
Cory Wheeler  
6/7/2017   Post a comment
Defining and driving value of company investments has become the new strategic focus for procurement and investments in the cloud are a good place to start.
Rethinking Auto Design in a World of Shared Mobility & Driverless Cars
Logical Link  
6/6/2017   (1) comment
Driverless cars and shared mobility will influence auto design and supply chains.
8 Supply Chain Disruptors & What to Do About Them
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/5/2017   Post a comment
Pepsico exec traces the technologies that are shaping the way that consumers are getting their products and talks about why these technologies are the future of the consumer supply chain.
The Humble Pallet Gets Smart
Pablo Valerio  
6/5/2017   (1) comment
Pallets move the world, and now they get to sense, monitor, and communicate, as well.
Make Packaging Pretty & Practical
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/2/2017   Post a comment
People love the electronic gadgets in the box, but the box itself may help consumers make buying decisions.
Your Warehouse Will Love Artificial Intelligence
Nathan Brown  
6/1/2017   Post a comment
The supply chain and the companies within its ecosystem are constantly evolving to adapt to new market factors. Artificial intelligence is leading to exponentially faster, more accurate decision making that reduces costly errors. But as with any change, there’s some resistance.




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Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.