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Procurement’s Continued Evolution: Strategic Opportunities for OEMs
Lisa Ann Cairns  
9/30/2015   Post a comment
A recent survey uncovers new opportunities for electronics OEMs when they work to extend procurement’s scope to be more strategic and collaborative with suppliers and within the organization.
Google Glass & Augmented Reality Benefit Warehouse Operations
Susan Fourtané  
9/29/2015   (1) comment
By 2017, the augmented reality market will grow to $5.2 billion becoming the next big thing in a variety of markets, including logistics and manufacturing.
Leverage Gamification to Improve Worker Engagement
Puga Sankara  
9/25/2015   Post a comment
Do you often feel like your distribution center operators can do more, but for some reason they are just not engaged? Gamification could be an option to build better engagement between your operators and their work assignments.
Counterfeits: What About the Commercial Supply Chain?
Joe Longo  
9/24/2015   Post a comment
Counterfeiters view the commercial supply chain as much more attractive than the military. It's time for commercial OEMs to fight back.
How the Internet of Things Connects Supply Chain Links
Jennifer Bosavage  
9/23/2015   Post a comment
The advent of IoT is changing things in the supply chain now more than ever before. OEMs are making their supply chains smarter, more flexible, and more easily managed using a variety of Internet-connected approaches.
Finding the Value of Mobility in the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
9/18/2015   Post a comment
At Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Supply Chain & Mobility Panel, we started talking about the value of mobility in the supply chain—an important conversation for our industry.
Robotics Take a Place in Manufacturing & Logistics
Logical Link  
9/17/2015   (1) comment
Robots, which have become, smarter, cheaper and faster, are taking on more jobs in manufacturing and logistics facilities.
Cloud Manufacturing for Quick Prototype Production
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/17/2015   (1) comment
MacroFab is working to make small-batch manufacturing of printed circuit boards easier and more affordable through the use of what it calls "cloud manufacturing."
Counterfeits Jeopardize Lives & Cost Billions
Joe Longo  
9/17/2015   Post a comment
The public has heard rumors about the serious problem of electronics counterfeits for many years, but the magnitude and complexity of the challenges have only come into sharp focus over the last few years.
Use Logistics to Maintain a Global Electronics Presence
Mary E. Shacklett  
9/16/2015   Post a comment
The road to success for electronics OEMs are paved with innovative new products. A strong logistics infrastructure and partnerships, though, is also important.
The Importance of Supply Chain Connectivity: A Conversation with RS Components
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
We sat down with RS Electronics to find out how the distributor went about implementing a supply chain connectivity solution across its supply chain.
Re-Shoring OEMs Challenged to Meet Expectations of Consumers & Regulators
Linda Li  
9/9/2015   Post a comment
If re-shoring is to succeed, a robust system for handling reverse supply chain management is going to be critcial.
Supply Chain Execution Convergence: The Next Generation of Supply Chains
Susan Fourtané  
9/8/2015   Post a comment
Supply Chain Execution Convergence offers supply chain managers new ways to create end-to-end visibility and the ability to quickly react to disruptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How High-Tech Firms Are Driving the (3D) Printing Revolution
David Roegge  
8/6/2015   Post a comment
UPS data shows that 3D printers are integral to many high-tech supply chains.
Drilling Down on 2015 Supply Chain Trends for Electronics OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/31/2015   Post a comment
New research from Jabil outlines the realities and challenges of the global electronics supply chain.
Why Whole Chain Visibility is Important for Keeping Score
Kerwin Everson  
7/29/2015   Post a comment
Whole chain visibility lets distribution centers pull ahead of the pack in terms of team work.
Looking at IoTs Impact on Purchasing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/17/2015   Post a comment
IoT has the potential to help many organizations, but the procurement department has to be on board. Manufacturers have a lot to teach these departments about the potential of the new technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Putting the Supply Chain First
Donna Fritz  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Why it’s important for mid-market companies to improve their supply chain technology ahead of ERP upgrades.
The Vertical Advantage: CRM & the Electronics Industry
Chanan Greenberg  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor and component makers can capture growth through smart use of CRM.
Mobile Applications Bring Flexibility for Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
Mobile applications can create more flexibility for supply chain manufacturing businesses.
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.
Material Handling Systems Age Out
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
In the average manufacturing facility, there's only one word to describe the materials handling systems being used: old.
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.
Supply Chain Scoreboard Mitigates Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
In manufacturing, systems that allow workers to visually see metrics can increase produtivity and reduce waste.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Laura Dearborn Sterns, Cisco
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/23/2015   Post a comment
Millenial worker Laura Dearborn Stearns is making a name for herself in the electronics supply chain for her big data expertise. We asked her to give us her take on the industry.
4 Places to Start Cloud-Based Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
Although in its infancy, cloud-based supply chain systems offer clear benefits if implemented correctly
Cloud-Based Supply Chain Faces Scrutiny
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/5/2015   (3) comments
We spoke to Vasu Rajagopolan, head of supply chain and transportation for Xchanging to get his take on some of the issues around cloud computing and the supply chain.
3D Printing Reshapes Automotive Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
2/4/2015   Post a comment
3D printing is helping auto manufacturers increase proximity and flexiblity and decrease waste. Can similar improvements for other sectors in the electronics indsutry be far behind?
How Lean is Too Lean?
Frank Cavallaro  
2/3/2015   Post a comment
Several factors have made inventory management a vexing problem for many organizations.
Are Your Vendors Villainous or Adding Value?
Drew Smith  
1/27/2015   Post a comment
Trusted partners may be The idea of labeling suppliers in logistics, operations, marketing an adversely impacting a firm through actions that expose the commodity of information through clumsy, inefficient, or obsolete safeguards.
Survey Says: Purchasing Contributes to Competitive Advantage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2015   (2) comments
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.
Looking Forward: The Occasional Pitfalls of Predictive Analytics
Frank Cavallaro  
1/6/2015   (1) comment
While the adoption of predictive analytics keeps growing, a few common pitfalls threaten to lessen the effectiveness of the insights.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
4 Phases of Supply Chain Finance: A Tale of One Company’s Journey
Dan Juliano  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Often, an example is better than a lecture. We're tracing one company's journey through its supply chain finance mistakes and final success, to offer a pointer to those who are starting down this path.
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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.
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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.
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