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GM's Crisis: Don’t Blame the Engineers
Kevin O’Marah  
4/15/2014   (5) comments
Mary Barra's ride as CEO of General Motors has been hair-raising. Now, suddenly, she is the face of corporate villainy.
Curing Supply Chain Tunnel Vision
Wade McDaniel  
4/14/2014   Post a comment
Supply chain professionals need to look beyond their own industry to spot important issues that will affect the electronics supply chain.
5 Business Benefits of a Fluid Distribution Network
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/9/2014   (3) comments
By leveraging today's technologies, organizations can move toward capturing the benefits of a fluid distribution network.
Getting to Fluid Distribution Networks
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/7/2014   (5) comments
With the impact of the omnichannel approach and the rapid changes in customer and product demands, old-style distribution network planning doesn't work anymore. Let's talk about how to reevaluate distribution networks to stay with the flow.
Ideas Power the Future Supply Chain
Kevin O’Marah  
4/3/2014   (1) comment
Great ideas have the potential to transform the supply chain.
A Bad Case of High-Tech PTSD
Lynn Torrel  
4/1/2014   (2) comments
It's time for supply chain professionals to trade fear for caution in the pursuit of innovation.
It’s Time for Better Systems in the Yard
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/31/2014   (4) comments
We've automated many aspects of the supply chain, but the trucks that come into the warehouse are still managed in the warehouse. It's time for a forklift upgrade of yard management.
Leverage Female Talent for 21st Century Supply Chain Success
Susan Fourtané  
3/27/2014   (16) comments
In 2014 and beyond, the supply chain needs more female talent management.
Just One Word on the Future of Electronics CMs: Plastics
Tam Harbert  
3/26/2014   (4) comments
Today's US electronics manufacturing service providers are looking for greener pastures, which may leave computer and consumer electronics companys in a difficult position.
Supply Chain Finance: The New Electronics Battlefield
Oliver Belin  
3/20/2014   (2) comments
A clear focus on supply chain finance benefits everyone, both buyer and supplier.
Greenwashing? Apple? No, Just Value-Adding Supply Chain Practice
Kevin O’Marah  
3/19/2014   (7) comments
Sometimes social and environmental responsibility initiatives are mostly about making an organization look good. Done right, though, SER can make a big impact.
Planning the Internet of Things' Supply Chain
Logical Link  
3/14/2014   (40) comments
M2M and mobile devices are driving the Internet of Things trends, and by all accounts, it's going to be big.
Defining Supply Chain Finance
Oliver Belin  
3/12/2014   (1) comment
Both the electronics industry and supply chain finance sectors are evolving rapidly. There are benefits to be had where the two meet.
What’s Tax Got to Do With It?
Wade McDaniel  
3/10/2014   (4) comments
Staying aware of and up-to-date on country-specific regulatory mandates has become a critical part of being a supply chain professional.
Working the Kinks Out of Decentralized Product Development
Lynn Torrel  
3/3/2014   (7) comments
When meeting domestic demand in emerging economies, OEMs must maintain integrity between the engineering and new product introduction disciplines among their regional operations.
We Won’t Get Fooled Again
Brian Wilken  
2/25/2014   (11) comments
A reported uptick in the global economy is good news, but don't start celebrating quite yet. There's still room for caution.
Building a 3D Value Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
2/20/2014   (10) comments
3D value will drive supply chains in 2014.
Shale Gas Creates Domino Effect
Logical Link  
2/19/2014   (11) comments
The shale gas boom is getting plenty of coverage, and it's critical that supply chain managers start tuning in.
Open Sesame: Alibaba Enters US Market
Wade McDaniel  
2/17/2014   (7) comments
11Main.com is lingering in the shadows of the e-commerce marketplace, but this consumer site will likely make a splash in the supply chain world.
Plotting Next Steps for Optimizing Intermodal Shipping
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/12/2014   (19) comments
In order to really transform the supply chain, intermodal logistics levels need to reach the next level.
Here’s to a Better Year, CEOs Hope
Logical Link  
2/10/2014   (9) comments
Overall, those in the corner office have some hope for the global economy. However, there are no promises that it will be completely smooth sailing.
Supply Chain: How Much Can Sales Be Trusted?
Pascal Fernandez  
2/6/2014   (6) comments
Supply chain professionals need to integrate sales people into their process. Here are a few quick tips on how to make that happen.
Getting Into Google's Headspace
Logical Link  
2/4/2014   (12) comments
Google has gotten plenty of attention as a technology company. However, there's every chance that in the not-too-distant future, this less-than-typical OEM will migrate to top-tier OEM status.
Segmentation Enables Supply Chain Trifecta: Lower Cost, Higher Revenue & Greater Flexibility
Lynn Torrel  
2/3/2014   (2) comments
Inbound supply chain segmentation may be the next logical step on the journey toward supply chain excellence.
What Does Alibaba's Huge Supply Play Mean?
Marc Herman  
1/30/2014   (9) comments
Alibabi's logistics plans have gotten a lot of attention as a business deal, but it's time to consider what it means for the supply chain.
If It’s on NPR, It Must Be True
Wade McDaniel  
1/29/2014   (5) comments
As organizations talk about re-shoring, labor costs should only be part of the discussion. Taken as a whole, this is a movement whose time has come.
Closing the Direct Procurement Gap
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2014   (1) comment
Today's supply chain bears little resemblance to the procurement channel of the past. It's time for direct procurement practices to evolve and catch up.
Supply Chain & Risk Management Go Together Like Peas & Carrots
Robert Cowan  
1/27/2014   (16) comments
Supply chain managers are juggling a lot, so risk is all in a day's work.
Operational Resiliency: Moving From What to How
Logical Link  
1/24/2014   (23) comments
It's time to take the idea of supply chain resiliency from imagination to reality.
OEMs Face a Virus Dilemma
Bruce Gain  
1/22/2014   (8) comments
Cybercriminals follow the money… and getting malware installed at the OEM products promises them a huge potential win.
So You’ve Got Metrics… Now What?
Wade McDaniel  
1/16/2014   Post a comment
The biggest secret to the best metrics is to keep it simple. Everything gets better from there.
Shift Happens: Thoughts on Industry Change
Suzanne Deffree  
1/15/2014   (14) comments
Margins, ship and debit, counterfeiting, and executive changeover should be considered as we all plan for a successful 2014.
Small Savings Reap Big Supply Chain Rewards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2014   (79) comments
The use of electronic signatures can translate into big savings for the supply chain. Better still, it allows OEMs to reduce risk and enhance compliance throughout the supply chain.
Re-Evaluating Low-Cost Labor Sourcing
Lynn Torrel  
1/8/2014   (1) comment
Electronics OEMs would do well to look at current low-cost labor sourcing strategies when developing New Year's resolutions.
Taiwan's Future Offers Challenge & Opportunity to OEMs
Marc Herman  
12/30/2013   (2) comments
If Taiwan is to really get in the game, it will have to catch up to competitors not just on capacity, but also on research and development.
Saving Supply Chain Mid-Management Talent
Susan Fourtané  
12/26/2013   (36) comments
Many companies today seem to be focused on college recruiting, but the ongoing great shortage of middle-management positions needs to be promptly addressed.
Amazon's Gray Market May Give OEMs a Black Eye
Marc Herman  
12/23/2013   (11) comments
For dozens of OEMs and their supply chains, if Amazon starts to seem unreliable, so will everyone upstream along the retailer’s supply lines – fair or not.
The Evolving Supply Chain Conscience
Susan Fourtané  
12/19/2013   (19) comments
The new corporate social responsibility is becoming mainstream, and the supply chain needs to react accordingly.
Delivery by Drone: Logistics Helper or Hype?
Jim O'Reilly  
12/18/2013   (54) comments
Technology can do wonderful things, but will drones solve the last-10-miles problem of product delivery?
Don't Panic: 4 Easy Steps to Getting Started on Con Min Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   Post a comment
Adhering to the Dodd-Frank Act has some organizations scrambling or stalled with confusion. However, a few simple steps are all it takes to get started.
Con Min Certification Drags in Central Africa
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2013   (2) comments
Even as manufacturers scramble to meet the demands of compliance with the Dodd Frank Act by May 2013, lack of certification of mines may slow down efforts to identify mines that meet conflict mineral requirements.
Automotive Supply Chain Falling Short
Logical Link  
12/5/2013   (2) comments
Despite positive trends in demand, the automotive sector's supply chain needs to get its house in order, a report finds.
‘Tis the Season for Reflection, Speculation
Lynn Torrel  
12/3/2013   (15) comments
Clearly, no one can say with certainty what lies ahead for our industry, but a quick look back at EBN Velocity through 2013 lets us identify some standout topics.
Amazon Wants Every Friday to be Black Friday
Suzanne Deffree  
11/27/2013   (18) comments
In leveraging delivery and logistics practices, Amazon.com hopes to make every Friday a Black Friday this holiday season.
CFOs & Supply Chain Leaders: a Powerful Combination
At the Source  
11/26/2013   (7) comments
An Ernst & Young survey shows that, when CFOs and supply chain leaders form a closer business partnership within a company, they report better results in a number of areas, including the company's financial position.
Tight Inventory Management Pays Off
Suzanne Deffree  
11/25/2013   Post a comment
OEMs are expected to close 2013 with strong revenue growth, thanks in part to tight management of inventory levels.
Unreliable Mineral Supplies Impede US Innovation
Hal Quinn  
11/22/2013   (10) comments
From the lithium in laptop and smartphone batteries, to the copper circuitry in satellites and the silicon in semiconductors, minerals are fundamental to America’s most innovative industries, including the electronics supply chain.
Shutdown Grazes Tech Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
11/21/2013   (4) comments
The federal government shutdown didn't bring business to a halt, but business did get grazed, and, as always, there will be an impact in the electronics supply chain.
Instead of Going to China, Bring China to You
Logical Link  
11/19/2013   (18) comments
For years, companies sent their manufacturing operations to China. Now with economic woes still hanging heavy over many developed countries' GDP growth potential, some nations are trying to get Chinese companies to send operations -- and investments -- their way.
Supply Chain Remains a Risky Business
Wade McDaniel  
11/18/2013   (13) comments
Current evidence leads possible conclusion that although there is a lot of interest in managing supply chain risk,but not much action being taken,
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