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Integrated Business Planning in the New Value Chain
Susan Fourtané  
6/29/2015   Post a comment
Successful supply chain business planning depends on integration between the financial and operations plans.
Identify the Right Procurement Strategy for a Better Bottom Line
Mike McDonald  
6/25/2015   Post a comment
Organizations that have a clear identity are best able to identify and implement a clear and successful procurement strategy.
Manufacturers & Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Tracey Schelmetic  
6/24/2015   (2) comments
In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
3 Must-Haves for Ensuring Supply Chain Continuity
Sean Rollings  
6/24/2015   Post a comment
There are many potential sources of disruption to continuity of supply, but these sources only become inordinate disruptions when companies have not integrated the three must-haves into their supply networks: visibility, intelligent response, and network-wide collaboration.
Direct & Indirect Procurement Are Worlds Apart
Greg Johnsen  
6/23/2015   Post a comment
Using the same approach to direct and indirect procurement is likely a path to disaster.
Counterfeit Parts Persist in the Face of Arrests & Convictions
Rob Spiegel  
6/22/2015   (1) comment
Despite the crackdown on counterfeiters in the US and China, the problem is more rampant than ever, causing competitors to come together to educate customers and train border patrol workers on how to identify bogus bearings and other parts.
Perfect Parts Aims to Incite Online Component Revolution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/22/2015   Post a comment
Independant distributor Perfect Parts is trying to create a new standard for product information sources with the world's largest online parts catalog in the world.
Building U.S. Ownership of IoT
Jim O'Reilly  
6/22/2015   Post a comment
On-shoring sensors may be the most sensible option to meet the needs of the exploding Internet of Things market.
Revisiting Supply Chain Segmentation
Logical Link  
6/17/2015   Post a comment
As the supply chain changes, best practices change with it. It may be that the love affair with segmentation may be over in the face of increased complexity.
Product Stewardship Evolves as Industry Imperative
Todd Ellis  
6/17/2015   Post a comment
Product stewardship needs to address the electronic devices we design and build from cradle to grave. Understanding the goal and the impact of our efforts is a good place to start.
Impact Your Business with Supply Chain Analytics
Shane Snyder  
6/16/2015   Post a comment
Supply chain analytics tools are vital for managing both automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology and labor force behind them.
Electronics OEMs Invited to End Human Trafficking & Slavery
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/15/2015   Post a comment
Slavery and human trafficking are a clear and present part of today's electronics supply chain. However, it doesn't have to be. Two industry organizations are working together to move toward change.
The Supplier Strategic Sourcing Process Explained
Kelly Barner  
6/11/2015   Post a comment
While people may talk about the procurement process, the procurement discipline actually encompasses a number of different processes. They include spend analysis, supplier relationship management, and contract management, just to name a few.
Autonomous Driving Revs Up the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
6/9/2015   Post a comment
The auto industry promises new opportunities for the electronic componenet industry--and big changes to the supply chain.
Changing the Perception of Supply Chain Planning
Logical Link  
6/1/2015   Post a comment
The choice of supply chain planning tools abounds, but for the most part users remain unsatisfied with the results.
Procurement Proves Critical in Delivering Organizational Strategy
Priyanka Potdukhe  
5/25/2015   Post a comment
Procurement can make strategic differences in the organization if it is properly integrated into the fabric of the leadership.
Looking at the Who & How of Electronics Component Purchasing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2015   Post a comment
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study takes a close look at how design, corporate and supply chain professionals are using online sources, from information aggregators and search engines to social media.
Transparency Combats Human Trafficking & Slavery in the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
5/20/2015   Post a comment
In an effort to stem the problem of human trafficking and slavery, California lawmakers are forging a new path in legislating transparency in the supply chain of large organizations.
IBM Surrenders to China’s IT Infrastructure Wishes
At the Source  
5/19/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs who want to sell products in China are having to rethink their supply chain strategy. IBM has taken lead in the charge in this new direction.
Top 10 Ins & Outs of Shipping Lithium Batteries
Alasdair Philip  
5/18/2015   Post a comment
Lithium batteries are safe to ship...if you follow best practices.
10 Business Continuity Tips for the Global Supply Chain Era
Bruce Gain  
5/18/2015   (1) comment
Supply chain disruptions are the nightmare of every OEM, but careful business planning can help mitigate the risk that is always on the rise, especially in a global supply chain.
Med-Tech Offers Healthy Opportunities for OEMs
Logical Link  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
Medical technology is not only changing lives from a health perspective. It may be offering renewed longevity for OEMs looking for new opportunities.
Commitment to Conflict-Free: Supporting the Spirit & Letter of the Law
Per Loof  
5/12/2015   Post a comment
Proactive action will bring conflict minerals legislation to a place where organizations are supporting both the letter and spirit of the laws.
Change: The Manufacturing Rule, Rather Than the Exception
Deborah Grant  
5/12/2015   Post a comment
New technologies are changing the manufacturing landscape and new labelling systems work to address the changing needs of the supply chain.
Distributor Quandary: Amazon's Bid for Business Buyers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Retail behomoth Amazon is taking aim at business buyers, and, although most aren't concerned about today, electronics buyers are wondering what the future will bring.
Create a Customer First Supply Chain for True Transformation
Susan Fourtané  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Learn how to embrace change to become a customer-centric value chain following expert advice from Oracle's Matthew Banks.
West Coast Port Headaches Continue
Jonathan Gilbert  
5/7/2015   Post a comment
Labor issues at Long Beach and Los Angeles ports are causing major headaches for supply chain managers. Again.
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
Rob Spiegel  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
With outsourcing down and reshoring up, the US saw a net gain of 10,000 manufacturing jobs that would have gone overseas last year.
8 Views of Security from RSA
Rick Merritt  
4/24/2015   Post a comment
Security was in focus at RSA Conference with top cryptographers, the Secretary of Homeland Security and others sharing views on everything from IoT to policy.
IoT Privacy: Engineering Fault, Not User Issue
Cliff Ortmeyer  
4/23/2015   Post a comment
Engineers and product developers rarely put privacy as the number one concern. However, to really woo cusotomers, it has to be a key consideration.
Mobile Devices Increase Electronics Buyers Expectations
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/23/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, procurement departments are looking for online shoping experiences that are on par with the consumer world. Electronics OEMs need to keep up.
Intelligent Supply Chain Fights Theft, Loss
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/22/2015   Post a comment
To cope with increasing threats of cargo loss and threat, electronics supply chains have to increase visibility.
Mobile Market Demands Solid Supply Chain
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
For electronics companies, this soaring use of mobile devices translates into accelerating demands for mobile technology—and the need to further improve supply chains.
Procurement & Finance: A Collaborative Approach
Priyanka Potdukhe  
4/16/2015   Post a comment
If the procurment department works to build close relationships with the finance function, the organization has the potential for big bottom line gains.
Women in Manufacturing: Building a Path the Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/14/2015   (6) comments
A new study looks at the gender gap in the manufacturing sector--and suggests some ways of glosing that gap.
The Dawn of the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
A variety of digital technologies are enhancing electronics manufacturing. Now, the supply chain needs processes to support these enhancements.
Channel Consolidation & Conflict: Back to the Future!
Walter Tobin  
4/13/2015   (2) comments
As much as everything changes, everything still stays the same. The fear and conflict that was once part of ordinary business in the distribution channel has begun to emerge as commonplace in the manufacturing rep community toady.
Port Congestion Emerges as Major Supply Chain Stumbling Block
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/7/2015   (1) comment
Having ridden out the worst of West Coast port shutdowns, supply chain pros are now faced with continued challenges around getting timely delivery through West Coast ports.
E-Ink Evolves as a New Supply Chain Handshake
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/3/2015   Post a comment
E-signatures have become a mainstream technology, and are a tool that can potentially provide great time and cost savings in the electronics supply chain.
Safe Supply Chain Destinations: The Geography of Resilience
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/3/2015   (1) comment
In managing risk, where supplier partners and manufacturing plants are located is a key factors. A new report looks at the vulnerabilities of various countries to quantify supply chain resilience around the world.
5 Supply Chain Hurdles Before Wearables Will Work
Bruce Gain  
4/2/2015   Post a comment
Designers and their supply chain partners will need to take on some common consumer concerns before the average person love a wearable device as much as they cherish their smartphone.
Get the Most Out of Your Transportation Management System
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
Ajesh Kapoor of GT Nexus spoke to EBN about what to ask of a TMS solution in today’s highly globalized era and how to get the most out of it.
Customizing Electronics While Maintaining Profitability
John Boucher  
3/24/2015   Post a comment
Electronics customization is on the rise, but must be done properly in a way that doesn’t destroy profitability.
Takata Nightmare Teaches Supply Chain Lessons
Tam Harbert  
3/23/2015   Post a comment
Takata's faulty airbags have captured headlines, but by digging a little deeper, this cautionary tale also holds some good reminders for electronics supply chain pros.
PCB Buyers: You Don’t Have to Put Up with Little Plastic Bags
Michael Allen  
3/23/2015   (3) comments
Buying PCB assemblies in custom-formed ESD trays protects your boards, reduces waste, and saves you time and money.
TE Connectivity’s Supply Chain Chief Shares Leadership Tips
At the Source  
3/19/2015   (2) comments
To find out how this acceleration in high-tech manufacturing is affecting TE Connectivity’s supply chain planning, we interviewed Jim McDonald, vice president, supply chain for TE Connectivity.
5 Reasons Apple is Set to Create a Car Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
3/17/2015   (1) comment
Rumor has it that Apple may well try to take a slice of the automotive market with an offering in the not-to-distant future. Here's a look at that the electronics OEM has going for it in this new market.
A Quick & Easy Lean Supply Chain Primer
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
To really make a difference, lean supply chain has to rise above being a buzzword.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Continuous Certifications & Accreditations
Kirk Wehby  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
One of the best ways to determine whether distributor partners are doing enough to avoid counterfeit components is ensuring that partners adhere to best practices and achieve critical certifications.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Identifying a Proactive Vendor
Kirk Wehby  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
To strip potential counterfeit components from your supply chain, you want to partner with companies who understand that being proactive when it comes to quality and anti-counterfeiting is the key element to success.
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