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Posts posted in July 2017
Powering Your Digital Supply Chain: Learning from Structured & Unstructured Data
Puneet Saxena  
7/31/2017   (1) comment
Companies are deluged with customer experience data that was not available in such abundance just a few years ago. Unfortunately, most don't know how to use them to take action.
Don't Ditch Real Communication in the Digital Age
Richard G. Weissman  
7/31/2017   Post a comment
Stronger business relationships are built on face-to-face, or at least ear-to-ear communication, and those live events enhance the relationship while balancing the negotiation process.
Virtual Reality Industry Grows Up
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/28/2017   Post a comment
This year may be the year that virtual reality will take hold in the consumer marekt...and soon it will be common part of the business world as well.
Miniaturization Changes the Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
7/27/2017   (1) comment
New technology to support the microfabrication of next-generation semiconductors for IoT and AI essential for electronics and semiconductors supply chain.
4 Ways Location Data Enhances MDM & Improves ROI
Christophe Marcant  
7/27/2017   Post a comment
lLcation data, not all that useful on its own can be combined with other types of information for maximum impact.
Are You Ready for 4D Printing?
Gary Hilson  
7/26/2017   Post a comment
4D printing is essentially a superset of 3D printing focused on advanced materials with self-healing properties that could greatly impact electronics manufacturing and the supply chain.
Incentivizing e-Waste Recycling
Frank Cavallaro  
7/26/2017   Post a comment
As the industry creates new electronics products, and new iterations of designs, it behooves us to look at how products are handled at end of life.
Automation to Deliver Sea Change in Cargo Transport
Ariella Brown  
7/25/2017   (1) comment
Although automated cars are stealing most of the headlines, automated transport over water may become a reality within just a few years.
Digital Transformation: Major Gains with Minimal Pain
Earl van As  
7/25/2017   (3) comments
Simple-to-implement digital transformation methods that should be considered by supply chain executives to increase operational efficiency and ROI.
5 Tech Companies Making Supply Chain Waves
Larry Alton  
7/24/2017   Post a comment
In the global supply chain landscape, a handful of electronics OEMs stand out as leaders.
450mm Consortium Doomed by Lack of Collaboration to Grow Economic Demand
Apek Mulay  
7/24/2017   Post a comment
The global semiconductor will need to embrace collaboration in order to move past a potential crisis in the global economy.
Industrial Robots Transform Manufacturing Floor & Workforce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/21/2017   (3) comments
Indiustrial robotics are big and getting bigger, and that's likely to be good for the high-tech electronics manufacturing industry.
Superhero Tools Inspire Consumer-Centric Design
Puga Sankara  
7/21/2017   Post a comment
Everyone wants to feel like a superhero, and a well-designed product can help support that urge.
The Amazon Effect: Future of Electronics Distribution is Marketplace Model
Alex Moazed  
7/20/2017   (2) comments
While some electronics distributors may not see Amazon as a real threat, they would do well to take a closer look.
Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Underlines Digital Transformation & Disruption in Retail
Erich Hoch  
7/20/2017   Post a comment
Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is likely to significantly disrupt the retail sector, with implications to brands, retailers, and supply chain leaders. What role will packaging play in the retail industry’s future? What do retailers need to know to stay ahead in this crucial area of online and in-store retail? Here’s how we see it…
6 Key Issues for Manufacturers Moving to Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Enterprise digitizers that are embracing Manufacturing 4.0 with multiple proof of concepts are realizing benefits
What Distributors Can Learn from Retailers
Kelly Brock  
7/19/2017   Post a comment
Distributors face the most profound business model shift in decades. They have the choice of adapting or risking being obsolete.
Ask Avnet AI Platform Learns What Buyers Want
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/18/2017   (1) comment
Avnet leverages AI technology to help customers navigate Avnet Internet ecosystem and get connected to engineering and technical resources.
Here’s What Your Supply Chain Performance Dashboard Is Missing
Sujit Singh  
7/18/2017   Post a comment
For best results, supply chain managers need to get beyond a dashboard analysis that provides a snap shot of current business metrics to get to details on how the metrics are derived.
15 Kickstarter Robots that Work, Teach, & Play
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/17/2017   Post a comment
Everybody likes robots, and soon they'll be doing all sorts of things with them, if these wildly successful Kickstarter projects are any indication.
Powering the Digital Supply Chain: Machine Learning Enables Intelligent Segmentation
Puneet Saxena  
7/17/2017   (1) comment
Companies have long recognized the importance of designing offerings to serve the needs of different markets and customers. Once complicated, accomplishing this becomes much easier with machine learning.
The Internet as the Great Equalizer
Puga Sankara  
7/14/2017   Post a comment
Internet has enabled smart, intelligent, talented people all over the world. Mobile devices have changed the way we work. That's going to change our supply chains.
Make Sure Your Tech Marketing Communications Content Delivers
Savvy Tech Marketing  
7/14/2017   Post a comment
To succeed, a brand needs to demonstrate customer value, not merely claim it.
Will MTBF Kill Drone Delivery?
Jim O'Reilly  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
When we do the math, failure rates are likely to ground delivery by drone before it ever really takes off.
Trump & Brexit: Adding Risk in the New Global Supply Chain
Luc Janssen  
7/13/2017   Post a comment
With Brexit, with the “America First” agenda of the Trump administration and in general with more and more pressure on choices for global sourcing, it is time to evaluate the risk on global supply chains. Can we still meet customer expectations?
Beyond the Headlines: Bosch’s $1.1 Billion Investment
Ariella Brown  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Bosch made headlines for wanting to serve the smart car industry, but the news promises to make big ripples to procurement pros buying for connected products of many kinds.
Ensuring Effective Big Data Acquisition Improves Product Manufacturing Quality
Michael Weir  
7/12/2017   Post a comment
Careful handling of data helps to ensure enterprise-wide improvements in manufacturing operations.
20 Kickstarter Wearables with Summer Sizzle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
As everyone turns to their favorite summer activities, the interest wearable electronic innovations is on the rise. We're looking at some of the most popular wearable wins on Kickstarter.
Amazon Prime Day Presents Prime Opportunity & Example
Andrew Atkinson  
7/11/2017   Post a comment
Amazon prime has set the bar for B2C and B2B e-commerce. We can all take some lessons from Amazon Prime Day.
Expand Supply Chain Control During PCB Design
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
A BOM tool is one thing organizations can leverage to move products smoothly from design to manufacturing while avoiding typical headaches.
What Else Can a PCB Contract Manufacturer Do for You?
Michael Allen  
7/10/2017   Post a comment
Contract manufacturers who offer services ancillary to printed circuit board assembly can reduce your cost and lead times.
UK Supply Chain Funding Index Declines
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/7/2017   Post a comment
The most recent results of the UK supply chain funding index point to a slight decline in the past year.
Exploring the Transformative Potential of the Digital Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
7/6/2017   (1) comment
CEOs and supply chain executives interested in increasing revenue and decreasing cost will benefit from digital supply chain transformation.
What’s Trending Now: Top Warehouse Technologies
Evan Garber  
7/6/2017   Post a comment
E-commerce and consumer buying habits are shaping the future of the supply chain industry. Companies are looking for new ways to stay ahead while increasing profit margins. Technological innovations (both proactive and necessitated) play a major role, specifically in streamlining warehouse management. But implementing the right technologies may mean the difference between staying in business or not.
5 Critical Steps to Avoid Product Recall Disasters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/5/2017   Post a comment
Product recalls happens to even the best companies. Having the right systems and processes in place is crtical
4 Annoying Things Supply Chain Execs Should Stop Saying
Alex Peron  
7/4/2017   Post a comment
Too often, we rely on platitudes when we talk about the supply chain. Let's ditch these four common refrains and move the conversation forward.
Manufacturers Buying More Cyber Insurance
Logical Link  
7/3/2017   Post a comment
Manufacturers are buying more cyber insurance policies to protect their smart, data-integrated products and equipment from hackers and cyber-attacks.
Your Next WMS: Build it or Buy it?
Eric Allais  
7/3/2017   Post a comment
For companies involved in any form of distribution, warehousing, or ecommerce fulfillment, it’s an important question to consider: whether to adopt a commercially available Warehouse Management System (WMS), or to build it in-house.




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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
Archived Dialogues
Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
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.