Barbara Jorgensen
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What Role Will Big-Data Play in Electronics?
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/24/2013   (12) comments
Electronics vendors are starting to use big-data in supply chain management, but they can do a lot more with the technology.
Will 2013 Be the Year of Big-Data?
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/22/2013   (14) comments
Electronics makers are looking to leverage the advantages of big-data in forecasting and demand planning. How successful will they be?
McLendon Takes Reins at Allied
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/17/2013   (1) comment
Like other catalogue distributors, Allied is moving beyond the catalogue model and taking the "multichannel" approach to distribution.
The Changing Role of Software in the Supply Chain
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/16/2013   (7) comments
Manufacturers use software and data for varied purposes in supply chain management, but key goals such as visibility remain paramount.
The Personal Tablet vs. the Shared PC
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/14/2013   (21) comments
Gartner envisions a world where tablets become the personal device of choice and PCs become a shared resource.
Why PCs Aren't Selling
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/11/2013   (29) comments
Tablets aren't better than PCs for many functions, so why are PCs trying to become more like tablets?
Upgradeable TV: Brilliant or Crazy?
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/8/2013   (21) comments
Instead of buying new TVs, consumers would buy a box that upgrades their current set. It is a boon or bust for the supply chain?
E-Waste: Not Easy at All
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/7/2013   (16) comments
There are so many rules associated with e-waste collection that well-intended consumers might just give up.
Digi-Key Evolves From Prototype to Production
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/3/2013   (2) comments
Digi-Key discovered and set out to bridge a gap between the traditional catalogue and production distribution businesses.
Factoring Oversupply Into Supply Chain Relationships
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/24/2012   (15) comments
The electronics supply chain has been badly burned by excess in the past. The danger remains, despite efforts to contain double ordering.
Finding & Securing Hard-to-Find Parts
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/21/2012   (8) comments
OEMs, component makers, distributors, and supply chain partners must collaborate to resolve challenges related to procuring scarce parts.
The Design Is Done: Now What?
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/20/2012   (17) comments
For a successful product launch, other departments and groups must get involved well before the design engineers complete their task.
Resolving Design Chain vs. Supply Chain Conflicts
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/17/2012   (1) comment
Design engineers traditionally haven't been a part of the classic supply chain. You are at a disadvantage if you haven't roped them in.
The Channel Reaches Out to Design Engineers
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/11/2012   (5) comments
Distributors are offering research materials to design engineers, and becoming essential to the establishment of an efficient design chain.
Same-Day Delivery: Logistics’ New Battleground?
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/4/2012   (8) comments
Same-day delivery could save millions of dollars worth of factory downtime, and make buyers heroes.
Making Sense of Social in the Supply Chain
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/3/2012   (28) comments
Everyone agrees social media has a role to play in business communication, but nobody know what that role will be.
Think Global
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/30/2012   (9) comments
There is no Asian supply chain, or North or South American supply chain: The supply chain is global.
Managing Talent in the Age of the Dragon
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/26/2012   (15) comments
The fight for professional talent by high-tech companies will intensify due to the growing role of China in the supply chain.
Distribution Adjusts Its Business Model in China
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/21/2012   (6) comments
Electronics distributors, which serve both component makers and customers in China, are refining their business model in the country.
Corporate Taxes: No Safe Haven
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/19/2012   (12) comments
The US has been trying to get US-based multinationals to pay taxes on revenue generated outside the country for years. Now Europe is going after multinationals.
Is China's Low-Wage Edge Waning?
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/16/2012   (9) comments
As Chinese wages and production costs rise, OEMs face a battery of supply chain challenges over manufacturing location.
Foxconn’s Solution to Labor Unrest
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/15/2012   (8) comments
Foxconn reportedly is replacing many Chinese workers with robots. They're efficient, and they don't complain about working conditions.
Facing Distribution Challenges in China
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/14/2012   (8) comments
Even after decades of operating in China, Westerners still find the country challenging. It's getting more complicated for distributors.
Supply Chain Lessons From High-Tech Teeth
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/8/2012   (9) comments
Build-your-own business models always disrupt relationships. Here's how one supply chain stays intact.
Distribution at Another Inflection Point
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/7/2012   Post a comment
For electronics distribution, the main challenge continues to be the value the channel provides to suppliers and customers.
The Constant Battle to Provide Value
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/5/2012   (3) comments
Even catalogues, which offer the fastest, most efficient order processing available, strive to differentiate themselves.
Design Registration: Same Problem, Different Dayvtuevzyvtqwtfecadvrvxqfq
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/2/2012   (4) comments
Revising the design registration practice has come up numerous times, but supply chain dynamics have put it back on top of the to-do list.
Distributors Face Cost Issues Head-On
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/1/2012   (2) comments
Distributors are implementing various strategies to avoid problems posed by efforts at suppliers and OEMs to reduce operating costs.
The Supply Chain Learns a Painful Lesson
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/31/2012   (5) comments
Electronic firms have finally found that collaboration, rather than confrontation, could lead to the cost reductions they've been seeking.
Dispelling E-Commerce Myths
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/25/2012   (13) comments
E-commerce has a role in the supply chain, but customer business models are not well suited to purchase large volumes of parts online.
Managing Mixed Signals
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/24/2012   (4) comments
E-commerce was poised to simplify the supply chain, and it did in some areas, while making many others even more complex.
The End of Business as Usual
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/23/2012   (20) comments
Companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are new to the hardware game. If anything, the supply chain will become more important to them as their business models evolve.
Another Glitch; Another Review?
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/22/2012   (5) comments
Some observers are blaming a computer glitch for Google's poor market performance last week. The 20 percent drop in profits is almost an afterthought.
Dissecting the Distributor-Supplier Relationship
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/19/2012   (4) comments
They need each other, but the distributor-supplier relationship has always been complex and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Distributors Secure Role With Extra Services
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/17/2012   (8) comments
Having a distributor nearby to service local customers is no longer enough for suppliers. Distributors must add value along the way.
Anti-Counterfeiting in Action
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/16/2012   (13) comments
All anti-counterfeiting solutions share one thing in common: notifying others of a potential counterfeit is vital.
Apple-Samsung: The Other Shoe Drops
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/15/2012   (6) comments
If Apple intends to cut the cord with Samsung, displays will be the next casualty of the patent war.
M&A Redefining Distribution Supplier Relationship
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/15/2012   (1) comment
Shelf-sharing has been eliminated, but some other practices still exist that make growing via acquisition a challenge for distributors
Green Tech Investments Continue to Rise
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/11/2012   (7) comments
The region that stepped up alternative energy investments the most in 2011 was India.
Regional Integration Will Drive Future Distribution M&A
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/10/2012   (3) comments
Using M&A, top electronic components distributors will consolidate other parts of the globe similar to their actions in North America.
Counterfeiting: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/8/2012   (24) comments
Assuming that US government anti-counterfeiting efforts have an impact, reports of counterfeits will get worse before they get better.
4 Supply Chains May Be Better Than 1
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/5/2012   Post a comment
Despite the challenges, sometimes the optimal strategy for a manufacturer is to have multiple supply chains rather than one.
Recovering Lost Profits Through Reverse Logistics
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/4/2012   (2) comments
Product returns don't have to be a cost ceter. A solid reverse logistics program can help increase revenue by up to 5 percent of sales.
IHS: Samsung Galaxy S III Display Beats Apple iPhone 5
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/2/2012   (7) comments
Samsung is the leader in OLED, which is the next-generation technology for displays. What could this mean for Apple?
Will Maps SNAFU Hurt Apple?
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/1/2012   (3) comments
Consumers have come to expect perfection from Apple, and this time they didn't get it.
Help Wanted: A 'PhD' in DfE
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/27/2012   (30) comments
Design-for-Environment (DfE) solutions are a classic make-or-buy dilemma for electronics manufacturers.
Social Media for Disaster Management
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/26/2012   (31) comments
Manufacturers often follow the herd with their investments in social media, but it can be quite useful in disaster management
Avnet Americas Reorganizing
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/25/2012   (6) comments
In 15 markets, three specialty divisions -- Avnet Memec, Avnet Embedded, and Avnet EM -- will remain intact. In the other markets, Avnet will sell a single, unified linecard.
Social Media Will Revolutionize Supplier Management
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/21/2012   (26) comments
The role of social media in the supply chain is still very fluid, but it's increasingly used for market intelligence and internal collaboration.
Hail the Lowly Connector
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/21/2012   (12) comments
Apple's iPhone 5 is apparently incompatible with all other Apple devices, chargers, and accessories: all because of the connector.
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