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IoT Goes Emotional
Junko Yoshida  
9/4/2015   Post a comment
I came across recently a refreshing IoT pitch -- "Emotional Home." The company promoting it is Binatone. The man behind the concept is consumer GPS pioneer Kanwar Chadha.
Preparing for Wearables: IoT in the Supply Chain
Malcolm Ross  
9/4/2015   Post a comment
Tying the Internet of Things to a strategy for mobile device is not only forward-thinking, but gets to the heart of what good supply chain management is all about.
Key Questions for Finding the Right Carriers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/4/2015   Post a comment
Ask the right questions and you'll find the right carriers for your business.
LED Displays Get Wearable
R. Colin Johnson  
9/3/2015   Post a comment
A flexible, stretchable fabric-based light-emitting-diode (LED) display is built into a comfortable fabric by Imec and partners.
Protecting Trade Secrets with Third Parties
Pamela Passman  
9/3/2015   Post a comment
To meet the ‘reasonable steps’ requirement when gaining legal redress against trade secret theft, it’s processes not just policies that prevail.
Image Tracking Across the Entire Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
9/3/2015   Post a comment
Image tracking has been a capability that has been included in just about every supply chain solution RFP. Yet, no vendor has delivered yet. Thankfully, that's is changing.
E-waste Eludes EU’s Enforcement Efforts
Junko Yoshida  
9/2/2015   Post a comment
Europeans recycled only 35% of electronic waste properly in 2012. The rest was either illegally dumped or traded, according to a two-year study put together by the United Nations University and INTERPOL. What has gone wrong?
Procurement Software Gathers Adoption Steam
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/2/2015   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Raja Hammoud, vice president of product marketing and management at Coupa, a vendor of procurement solutions, to find out more about the adoption of procurement technology.
A Customs Checklist: Must-Knows for Importers & Exporters
Jim Miller  
9/2/2015   Post a comment
Customs delays often hampers getting OEMs from getting products on the shelves quickly. However, this checklist will help you avoid some common pitfalls whether you are exporting or importing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Ann R. Thryft  
9/1/2015   Post a comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
9 Secrets to Being the Good Cop of Vendor Relationships
Brad Knight  
9/1/2015   Post a comment
I was brought up to respect my elders and be polite and I have tried to maintain a courteous approach throughout my life. Sometimes, though, when I observe the relationship between purchasers and their outsourced vendors, I wonder how we can move courtesy from a perceived luxury to a must have relationship tool.
Apple Joins Pentagon Alliance to Develop Wearable Tech
Rich Pell  
8/31/2015   Post a comment
The Pentagon has announced a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing institute and partnership with a consortium of over 160 companies, universities, and non-profit organizations to develop high-tech military wearables and ultimately "an end-to-end stretchable electronics 'ecosystem' in the U.S."
Optimized for Growth: High-Tech Execs Adapt to Meet Global Supply Demands
David Roegge  
8/31/2015   Post a comment
The fifth annual Change in the (Supply) Chain survey, fielded by IDC Manufacturing Insights, reveals how high-tech executives are adapting their supply chains to set themselves up for business growth.
It's Too Soon to Put Reshoring on the Pedestal
William Ng  
8/28/2015   Post a comment
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
Capturing Sweet Success in S&OP
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/28/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs talk a good game when it comes to sales and operations planning but implementing can be challenging. However, improvements are are both possible and profitable.
Wearable: ‘Hardware Ponzi Scheme’
Junko Yoshida  
8/27/2015   (1) comment
If “fitness bands are like hardware Ponzi schemes” where device suppliers must sell more and more new hardware while amusing bored users, can this be sustainable?
Legislation Around the World Addresses Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
8/27/2015   (1) comment
Around the world, various nations are working to create legislation and best practices around eradicating human trafficking from the supply chain.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
Rob Spiegel  
8/26/2015   Post a comment
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Putting the Runaway Train on Rails: Workflow Automation Increases Supply Chain Agility & Efficiency
David Riffel  
8/26/2015   Post a comment
Automation has the potential to help a supply chain work like a well-orchestrated railway yard.
Nokia Networks Leads in Supply Chain Operations Excellence
Susan Fourtané  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Learning from global leaders' supply chain management increases your chances to get supply chain operations planning right. Nokia Networks shares its journey towards excellence in supply chain operations.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
Rob Spiegel  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
Mapping Out a Better Electronics Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Awareness of the need for sustainability and transparency in the electronic supply chain is rising. Forward-thinking companies are committed to improving in those areas.
Data Under Siege: Time for Organizations to Turn Focus on ITAD
Frank Cavallaro  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Despite the flurry of media reports about high-profile security breaches, too many organizations don’t pay enough attention to the fate of their retired IT assets.
FarmTech: Drones Above, Robots Below
Junko Yoshida  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
Twenty-four hour farming, autonomous tractors humping over the furrows and driverless combines harvesting at night are no longer the stuff of agro-science fiction. Agriculture today is moving toward all these innovations.
Mission Possible: Getting Crowdfunded Hardware to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
Getting funding for a new hardware idea may be the easiest pat of getting an electronic hardware product to market. Building an excellent supply chain is a lot more complex.
Corporate Responsibility in a Global Supply Chain World
Tarun Amla  
8/24/2015   Post a comment
For manufacturing to grow, the electronics global supply chain must remain reliable and robust while taking into account critical product performance issues such as safety, reliability, and product integrity.
Smart Trailers Monitor Themselves & More
Mike Maris  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
One of the coolest places we are seeing IoT/M2M technology may be in the logistics areas. Smart trailers are making the whole supply chain smarter.
Supply Chains: The Bedrock of U.S. Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/21/2015   Post a comment
The supply chain is the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, but these organizations, especially smaller manufacturers, need to be strategic and proactive.
IoT Dev Platform A One-Stop-Shop for Device Developers
Rich Quinnel  
8/20/2015   Post a comment
Targeting smaller device developers, Redpine Signals has created an IoT development platform that provides a one-stop-shop for device, cloud, and app development.
3 Overlooked Locales for a Distribution Center
Tam Harbert  
8/20/2015   Post a comment
Location, location, location... Picking the right place to put an electronics distribution warehouse can be a chore. A recent study, though, identifies some little known but promising locales.
Getting the Right 3PL/4PL Strategy to Deliver Like Amazon
Puga Sankara  
8/20/2015   Post a comment
Third party logistics (3PL or 4PL) companies need to plan for a state of the art supply chain Infrastructure to dominate the market.
Cyber Insecurity
Max Maxfield  
8/19/2015   (2) comments
In these uncertain times, designers have to consider security at every point in the system, because each system is only as secure as its weakest link.
Visual Search Next Opportunity for Electronics Components Industry
Laurie Sullivan  
8/19/2015   (1) comment
Although still in infancy, visual search technology promises to be a compelling tool for electronics manufacturers, distributors, and customers alike.
Wireless Fast-Charge Tech Enables a World of Possibilities
John Perzow  
8/19/2015   Post a comment
15-watt Qi extension is ready and waiting for mobile phone users, designers, and service providers.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
Jessica Lipsky  
8/18/2015   (1) comment
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
4 Steps to Bring Business Intelligence to Your Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
Once available only to large OEMs, business intelligence is now affordable and effective for mid-sized business as well. Carefully planning the implementation, though, is important for a good outcome.
The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing
Bruce Gain  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A variety of factors are changing what customers want from distribution partners. A new study from UPS outlines the four biggest shifts.
Addressing Corruption Requires a Team Effort
Leslie Benton  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A cross-functional team is essential to implementing an effective anti-corruption program.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
Junko Yoshida  
8/17/2015   Post a comment
Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
10 Reasons Electronics OEMs Should Care About Reviews
Andy Kohm  
8/17/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, people are considering online reviews whether they are buying for themselves or their organizations. Here are ten reasons why electronics OEMs should be embracing this trend.
Broadcom Tackles 5 Questions on Ethernet in Cars
Junko Yoshida  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
A Broadcom executive answers nagging questions on automotive Ethernet. They include its specific applications inside a car and if it has enough bandwidth to meet ADAS requirements. There’s also concern about Broadcom’s IP, and which car OEMs are already using Ethernet.
4 Ways to Secure the Internet of Things
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
With convenience and ease of access to data, IoT brings with it considerable security risks. By adopting good habits, users can reduce those hazards.
Why Certify? The Significance of Security Certification
George Japak  
8/14/2015   Post a comment
Although OEMs may worry about the complexity of getting third-party security certifications, there are concrete solutions to every roadblock and the benefits to certification far outweigh the cost.
Wearables a Strange Fit, Says CEA
Rick Merritt  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
Wearables represent a fast growing but highly diverse and fragmented market where winners and losers are hard to call, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Moving to Mexico: The Opportunities & Challenges of Nearshoring
Kevin Brooks  
8/13/2015   (4) comments
U.S.-based OEMs are increasingly looking to Mexico as a beneficial place to make products. Going south of the boarder offers real benefits, but some challenges as well.
Bringing IoT to Fruition with Fully Open Source Software
The prpl Palette  
8/13/2015   Post a comment
As a member of prpl Foundation, Qualcomm Atheros supports the enhanced functionality and security of OpenWrt to improve industry and community collaboration.
NIWeek: Flying Drones, Instrumented Bikes, Automated Guitars, & More
Martin Rowe  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
NI Week 2015 was a showcase of robotics. Here are some of the sights flying, rolling, and playing around Austin.
Putting Hardware Hacking on the OEM Radar
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
As electronic content crops up in products of all kinds, hardware hacking will become more common than ever before. OEMs need to start looking at new ways to identify counterfeit components.
Get Top Marks in Continually Developing Supply Chain Competence
Susan Fourtané  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
Continuous education within the supply chain will optimize the supply chain by adding value to the department, developing competence in workers, and inspiring partners to do the same.
iPhone 6s Likely To Arrive Sept. 9
Eric Zeman  
8/11/2015   Post a comment
Apple is reportedly ready to reveal the iPhone 6s, along with a new AppleTV, and iPads, during a Sept. 9 event.
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