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Use Supply Chain to Predict Consumer Demand
Jesse Laver  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
The next phase in supply chain management involves shifting to proactive management by taking a “big data” approach to consumer demand in which the supply chain plays a pivotal role.
America II Moves into Franchised Distribution World
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
America II is quickly moving away from its roots in independent distribution to fmake a place for itself in the franchised electronics distribution landscape.
Never Overlook MRO & the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
It's critical not to overlook indirect spend as a strategic activity for the supply chain as a place to streamline the supply chain and save cost.
Specialty Electronics Distributors Up Customer Confidence, UBM Survey Said
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, provides a close look at how customers rate the performance of major electronics distributors.
Pay-Per-Use IoT Brings Monetization Opportunities to Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
IoT devices inevitably contain electronic content, and in many emerging use cases, they present monetization opportunities for electronics companies willing provide services related to IoT-driven data.
The Disruptor of My Disruptor is My Friend
Phillip Diao  
5/16/2016   Post a comment
It's time for retailers to get wiser about the ways that they are working to weather the supply chain storms for the next decade and beyond.
3 Keys to Controlling Quality in Offshore Electronics Manufacturing
Thomas Smiley  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
In dealing with electronics offshoring, customers often feel that they can't control product quality. However, you do have more control than you might think.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
Rob Spiegel  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
3 Trends Shaping Supply Chain Tech This Year
Scott Slinker  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
The right technology can make or break a supply chain. Here's a look at some of the biggest tech trends that OEMs can expect.
Expanding Business Models of Contract Manufacturers Improve OEM Profitability
Gelston Howell  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Smart OEMs find that there are a variety of business benefits to collaborating with an integrated manufacturing solutions partner.
From Federated Solutions to Multipolar Markets: Reframing the Global Electronics Supply Chain
Lisa Ann Cairns  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
The rise in federated ecosystems and multipolar markets is rooted in rapid urbanization, which, in turn, is reshaping the global supply chain.
Spring Cleaning: 6 Ways to Refresh Your Supply Chain Operations
Steve Rice  
5/2/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few tips and strategies for “cleaning house” to achieve greater end-to-end supply chain visibility, drive operational efficiencies, and increase customer loyalty.
ePaper Makes Inroads into Smart Packaging
Hui Lee  
5/2/2016   (1) comment
. Smart packaging is a growing market segment and new waves of innovative technologies are enabling exciting developments in this traditionally low-tech market.
The Importance of Temperature Controlled Shipping for Electronics
Jim Holmes  
4/28/2016   Post a comment
For goods such as electronics, temperature control is vital but something that may not be top of mind.
The Art of Overcoming the Supply Chain Talent Shortage
Frank Cavallaro  
4/26/2016   Post a comment
Finding the right person for the job requires more than simply posting a job opening. Supply chain recruiter Rodney Apple shares his insights.
5 B2B e-Commerce Features More Important Than a Shopping Cart
Ian O' Brien  
4/25/2016   Post a comment
B2B companies need to focus on a better user experience, something B2C sites have mastered.However, this doesn’t mean a B2B site should fully replicate a B2C site.
Strategic Supply Chain Planning: Priorities of the CSCO
Susan Fourtané  
4/25/2016   (1) comment
For a company to remain competitive, the CSCO must deliver innovative cost-reduction strategies and present a market strategy differentiator.
Data is Key to Profitable Plastics Recycling
Pamela J. Gordon  
4/21/2016   Post a comment
For electronics OEMs, who have traditionally focused on reclaiming precious metals and components, this new push to recycle plastics may be daunting, but soon it will be part of good business practice.
2016’s Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling
Josh Roffman  
4/15/2016   Post a comment
As labeling emerges as becoming a mission-critical component in the global supply chain, it’s important to take a closer look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling.
Forging a Clear Path to Managing Supplier Risk
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/13/2016   (2) comments
Half of all companies acknowledge that they have faced challenges because of supplier non-compliance. Audits are critical.
Robotic Process Automation Builds Agile Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/12/2016   Post a comment
Complex supply chains require visibility and control. Robotic Process Automation (RPA), also called software robots, process information for a more agile development of business applications.
6 Critical Components of Successful Contract Management Software
Antonis Papatsaras  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs can streamline the sales process and boost profitability by deploying contract management software with a few key features.
Embedded SIMs Shake IoT & Smartphone Supply Chains
Pablo Valerio  
4/11/2016   Post a comment
GSMA has presented the final release of its “GSMA Embedded SIM Specification”. This new type of SIM is integrated in the main circuit of a M2M platform, wearable, tablet or other mobile device, but it has no initial credentials and those can be provisioned over-the-air after the device is activated.
Security & Compliance Key Concerns in the Cloud
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/8/2016   (2) comments
As much as organization are enthusiastic about putting their supply chain systems in the cloud, a natural skepticism remains, as they try to insure that they can secure their data and meet compliance obligations.
Making a Smartphone World
Logical Link  
4/7/2016   (1) comment
Dozens of third-world countries are in various stages of embracing technology in the form of a handheld device. And, that will continue to have far-reaching supply chain implications as component makers and OEMs strive to reach billions of people waiting to be part of the smartphone revolution.
Dry Heat Proves Hazardous to PCB Assembly
Michael Allen  
4/6/2016   (2) comments
As your boards use smaller and smaller SMT components, it may be time to audit your contract manufacturer’s humidity control systems.
What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?
Abe Eshkenazi  
4/5/2016   Post a comment
Learning about what keeps supply chain managers up at night provides leaders with a unique opportunity to proactively tackle issues that could derail their supply chain in the future.
4 Ways to Improve the State of American Manufacturing
Ron Keith  
4/4/2016   (2) comments
Here’s a look at four primary reasons for the long-term decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs, and potential solutions for each.
IoT Takes Business World By Storm
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/1/2016   (1) comment
In the next five years, the use of IoT in business is going to explode, and security concerns will grow right along with the market.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Value of the Mexican Peso vs. the U.S. Dollar
Scott Stanley  
3/15/2016   (2) comments
Learn more about the current value of the Mexican Peso and what it means for electronics manufacturers conducting business in Mexico.
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.
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.
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   Post a comment
EBN talks to Intel about its plans to become totally conflict mineral free during this calendar year.
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.
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.
How to Pick the Right Distribution Partner Out of a Crowd
Matt Clark  
3/7/2016   Post a comment
Caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) may be the battle cry, but in a buyers market you can take the time to find distribution partners who stand out.
Inadequate IoT Security Puts Regulators on Collision Course with Consumers & Entire Open Source Movement
The prpl Palette  
3/2/2016   Post a comment
Whether its in products as mundane as a WiFi router, or as forward thinking as drones and smart cars, the IoT is making its place in the world and regulators and consumers are at odds in terms of how best to regulate it.
5 Steps to Shrinking Returnable Transport Items through Asset Tracking
Vikas Argod  
3/1/2016   Post a comment
Often, electronics products are transported and stored using assets that are valuable and durable enough to be used multiple times. Managing these assets properly makes good business sense.
Offering Support & Best Practices for Global Labeling
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/25/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Mike Thornton, director of technical services & support, at Loftware, a maker of enterprise labeling solutions, to get a handle on the best practices around labeling that have emerged.
Consolidated Contract Handling Empowers Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/24/2016   Post a comment
By creating a holistic approach that stretches from supply chain and procurement through legal, human resources, and IT, electronics companies can get ahead of the contract curve.
4-Step Appreciative Inquiry Process Solves Procurement Issues
Somdipto Ghosh  
2/23/2016   Post a comment
By using an appreciative inquiry model, purchasing departments can take the focus off of what's going wrong and focus squarely on how to get things moving in a good direction.
BT's New Tool Measures Supply Chain Sustainability
Pablo Valerio  
2/22/2016   Post a comment
A new tool from British Telecomm is aimed at helping the organization's suppliers to measure their sustainable practices. The company's focus on innovation in circular economy sets a bar for the industry.
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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!
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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.