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The Benefits of Supply Chain Sustainability
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/1/2014   (2) comments
Supply chain sustainability leads to clear benefits to the organization, not only from an environmental perspective, but also in terms of reduced costs and increased customer benefits. However, to reap these benefits, organizations need to make a concerted effort to disseminate the vision throughout the organization.
Cross-Organizational Adoption Breeds Sustainability Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/30/2014   (1) comment
To really tap in to the value of sustainability efforts across the supply chain, organizations must adopt clear strategies that leverage ethical, economic, social, and environmental concerns.
Build a Trade Secret Bulwark, Block by Block
Craig Moss  
6/30/2014   (1) comment
A new framework for protecting trade secrets offers companies a practical, step-by-step guide, from asset inventory to risk analysis and protection measures.
Making Sense of Supply Chain Sustainability
Wade McDaniel  
6/27/2014   (3) comments
To catch on, supply chain sustainability projects need to demonstrate that they are inherently better business. The "green" benefits, then, are an added bonus.
Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Key Assets
Craig Moss  
6/23/2014   (19) comments
Companies need to take measures to prevent the theft of critical trade secrets along global supply chains -- a threat that is growing with the fragmentation of supply chains, digitization of information, and increasingly competitive marketplace.
Leveraging Logistics to Cut Supply Chain Clutter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2014   (2) comments
By focusing on lostics, organizations can improve sustainability.
Electronics Industry Vulnerable to International Politics
Hal Quinn  
6/19/2014   (2) comments
Today, a global electronics supply chain is the norm. Unfortunately, reliance on foreign sources can leave the supply chain vulnerable to international and political discord.
Alibaba's IPO, AmazonSupply & the Supply Chain Connection
Logical Link  
6/16/2014   (37) comments
Any big business moves are likely to affect the connected supply chain. Let's look at how recent happenings at Alibaba and Amazon are likely to shake things up.
Connecting the Dots in Design for Environment
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2014   (14) comments
In order to achieve true sustainability, OEMs need to be thinking about the environment from the day a product idea is captured on paper all the way until it makes its way to the landfill or recycling center.
Metal Pricing Impacts Theft Risk
Logical Link  
6/10/2014   (1) comment
Thieves are targeting metal as a potentially lucrative score.
Sustaining a Green, Global Business
Suzanne Deffree  
6/6/2014   (7) comments
John Beimfohr, Avnet's senior director of integration operations, shares his expertise on what it takes to be an environmentally conscious organization and the green, financial, and social benefits of doing so.
Production Volumes Will Test B2B Omnichannel
Wade McDaniel  
6/3/2014   (1) comment
Real-time, multi-channel availability is happening, but hasn't come into full-blown reality yet. It's going to take time to get to the full potential of omnichannel.
The Supply Chain Top 25 Is Getting Boring
Kevin O’Marah  
6/2/2014   (2) comments
Thought leader Kevin O'Marah takes Gartner to task over its Top 25 Supply Chain list. It's time to shake things up.
Building a Defense to Confound Counterfeiters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/30/2014   (4) comments
In order to achieve true sustainability, OEMs need to be thinking about the environment from the day a product idea is captured on paper all the way until it makes its way to the landfill or recycling center.
Final DoD Counterfeit Rule: Good but Not Enough
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/29/2014   (8) comments
The final rule of the Department of Defense tackles the problem of detecting and avoiding counterfeit parts in the electronics supply chain. It's a solid start, but there's room for improvement.
IP Headaches? Learn From Supply Chain Sustainability
Craig Moss  
5/28/2014   (3) comments
Companies can better protect their intellectual property by learning from two decades of work on other global supply chain issues.
Harnessing the Creativity of the Crowd for Productive Innovation
Pierfrancesco Manenti  
5/27/2014   (5) comments
GE's first micro-factory may point to a new age of the cottage industry, but it won't end manufacturing as we know it.
Big Shipping Offers Big Opportunties, Big Challenges
Best-Practices  
5/23/2014   (13) comments
We asked Ronald Kleijwegt, Hewlett-Packard's director of logistics for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for his take on major shipping trends of the past decade.
Social Media Transforms Transparency in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/21/2014   (16) comments
The new era of social data has the potential to help companies across the electronics supply chain make better decisions and get better results.
Raw Materials Shortfalls Create Strategic Challenges
Logical Link  
5/19/2014   (9) comments
Supply chain pros keep a close eye on pricing and availability of natural resources as a way of controlling costs and avoiding manufacturing challenges.
Why Burger King Is a Better Role Model for the Electronics Supply Chain Than Amazon.com
David Paulson  
5/16/2014   (20) comments
Delivery performance is increasingly recognized as a key driver of customer satisfaction. Rather than trying to emulate Amazon's success, it might be better to use Burger King as a model for omnichannel service.
Guess What? Advanced Supply Chain Capabilities Improve Company Financials
Logical Link  
5/15/2014   (2) comments
Supply chain leaders know that advanced supply chain capabilities directly impact the organization's bottom line.
Sustainability: Regulations & Standards Galore
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/14/2014   Post a comment
The alphabet soup of standards surrounding sustainability initiatives can be confusing, but compliance is critical, and can improve business results.
WEEE Creating a Recycling Boon
Logical Link  
5/12/2014   (2) comments
A newly minted recycling program has the potential to create new sourcing opportunities.
When Politics Make the Supply Chain Risky
Wade McDaniel  
5/7/2014   Post a comment
Recent headlines about political and international instability provide opportunity for supply chain insight.
Supply Chain: To Thine Own Self Be True
Lynn Torrel  
5/1/2014   (1) comment
Ethics has always been the goal in this industry. Today's supply chain professionals are challenged with knowing where to draw the lines.
Keeping Europe Competitive: Bring Back the Factories
Logical Link  
4/30/2014   (5) comments
On-shoring and re-shoring aren't buzzwords just in the US. Increasingly, European OEMs are looking at bringing manufacturing back to home shores.
Building a Business Case for Innovation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/28/2014   (2) comments
Greg Frazier, senior vice president of business development and innovation at Avnet Inc., shares his thoughts on innovation and the supply chain.
The Tricky Game of Risk Management
Logical Link  
4/28/2014   (3) comments
Too often, risk management is a conversation rather than a deliberate set of activities. The place to start is defining what exactly we mean when we talk about it.
Essential Requirements for Today's Global SCM: On-Demand Software
Susan Fourtané  
4/24/2014   (2) comments
On-demand systems offer benefits in terms of capabilities and functionalities.
Public Companies Fail in Dodd-Frank Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/23/2014   (7) comments
By the end of May, publicly traded companies will be required to report the use of certain minerals in their products. Compliance, though, is proving anything but easy.
4 Steps to Successful Sales & Operations Planning
Michael Schmitt  
4/22/2014   (7) comments
Achieving collaborative sales and operations planning takes effort, but the rewards are huge.
Supply Chain Analytics: Myth or Reality?
Marc Herman  
4/17/2014   (8) comments
Talk about analytics has many people nearing saturation. However, the electronics supply chain appears to be a potential beneficiary of this technology trend.
GM's Crisis: Don’t Blame the Engineers
Kevin O’Marah  
4/15/2014   (15) 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   (1) 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   (2) comments
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   (5) 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   (17) 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   (3) 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   (3) 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.
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