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B. Cameron Gain
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More Trade with Asia Comes at a Shipping Price
B. Cameron Gain  
6/22/2017   (1) comment
Shipping to Asia is getting harder. The problem: a huge capacity backlog sitting and waiting for container ships
Self-Driving Car Development Crashes into Supply Shortages
B. Cameron Gain  
5/3/2017   (1) comment
As the self driving car market evolves, a short supply of lidar is causing bottlenecks in the development and production of autonomous driving systems.
CIA’s WikiLeaks Exposure Offers Good News for Supply Chains
B. Cameron Gain  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
WikiLeaks has handed OEMs a tutorial on how their Internet of Things (IoT) electronics devices are vulnerable and how to make them better.
Glaring Security Hole Fixed, Supply Chain Managers Look Ahead
B. Cameron Gain  
3/22/2017   (1) comment
The backend software on the cloud for supply chain IT networks is vulnerable, but best practices can help to even the score against often daily attacks on any system.
Apple’s Server Rack Assembly Reflects Security Concerns
B. Cameron Gain  
3/16/2017   (2) comments
Apple’s move to consolidate its rack build, while not radical, does reflect how the smartphone giant is addressing security concerns about configuring its servers and racks.
Tesla’s Part in Battery Storage Ramp Up Points to Future
B. Cameron Gain  
2/28/2017   Post a comment
Battery-sourced power for supply chains is expected to eventually become cheaper and more readily available compared to fossil fuel sources, but it will take time.
IoT’s Critical Mass for Temp Control Builds
B. Cameron Gain  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT)) has made sensors much smarter. That's great news for the electronics supply chain.
Cheap Renewable Energy from Tech Titans Blazes Trail for Little Guys
B. Cameron Gain  
1/25/2017   Post a comment
Tech giants are reducing their reliance on fossil fuel for their power-hungry supply chains. They are blazing a trail for smaller companies to follow.
Move Over Humans: Bots are Just Better for Some Supply Chain Tasks
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1/16/2017   Post a comment
Machines can outperform humans for a growing number of supply chain-related management tasks. And, as technology advances, that will only become more true.
Supply Chain Management Goes Wearable
B. Cameron Gain  
1/4/2017   (2) comments
Connected eyewear and other wearables are proving essential in helping to make supply chains and warehousing
AI Apps for the Supply Chain Make the 2017 Hotlist
B. Cameron Gain  
12/29/2016   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence has the promise of saving money for the supply chain... but it's only just emerging.
International Dragnet Cracks Down on Darknet Trade
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12/8/2016   Post a comment
"Operation Hyperion" seeks to slow down illicit trade. The dragnet found several electronic components destined for the U.S. military.
Volkswagen Learns Painful Supply Chain Lessons
B. Cameron Gain  
11/23/2016   Post a comment
Last year, Volkswagen made headlines, but not in a good way. The mistakes, though, were understandable...and can be a great teaching tool for the industry.
Startups, Hipster Market Drive Resurgence of New York City Manufacturing
B. Cameron Gain  
11/15/2016   Post a comment
The outlook for New York manufacturing is not as bad as it looks. There is more demand for high-tech, niche production in the area than ever before.
Container Shipping, Procurement Go Blockchain
B. Cameron Gain  
11/9/2016   Post a comment
Blochchain technology promises to remove much of the bureaucratic waste and costs associated with the communication of supply chain- and ledger-related information for those doing business with the container shipping industry.
Heavyweight Logistic Providers Match Startups’ Tech Spend
B. Cameron Gain  
10/13/2016   Post a comment
Logistics providers are spending on tech, but is it enough to disrupt the industry?
Dutch Startup Touts Ethically Responsible Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
9/27/2016   (1) comment
By seeking to make its tiered suppliers’ procurement sources as transparent as possible, Fairphone hopes to set a new standard of supply chain ethics that other OEMs will follow.
Container Shipping Slashes Capacity, Supply Chain Could Suffer
B. Cameron Gain  
8/24/2016   (1) comment
For at least the past decade, individual shipping lines gone their own way, while giving little thought to how their decisions would affect the entirety of maritime supply chains
How General Motors Spun Gold Out of a Supply Chain Disaster
B. Cameron Gain  
8/8/2016   Post a comment
GM did not take the hard lessons learned standing still. Its supply chain management team reviewed what went wrong, and more importantly, how it could better prepare for unforeseen disasters around the world where the automotive giant has production
Finding Opportunity in Change: 5 Ways to Prepare for Brexit
B. Cameron Gain  
8/1/2016   Post a comment
The time is now to make scenario plans and add probabilities to them, knowing full well that no one knows what is going to happen.
Tesla’s Supply Chain Struggles and Triumphs
B. Cameron Gain  
7/11/2016   Post a comment
Engineering feats aside, Tesla also serves as a case study in supply chain management trials and tribulations from which many lessons can be learned.
Human Rights Watch Wants to Abolish Slave Labor in the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
6/27/2016   Post a comment
Human Rights Watch says it is pressing governments worldwide to adopt policies to prevent what it says are rampant labor abuses in worldwide supply chains.
Panama Canal’s $5.3 Billion Upgrade Promises Faster & Cheaper Shipping
B. Cameron Gain  
6/20/2016   (2) comments
In the long term, the global electronics supply chain should benefit from the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Apple Inventory Slash Felt by the Supply Chain (For Now)
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6/14/2016   Post a comment
Apple has a down quarter, and suppliers across the supply chain get concerned. Analysts say the drop may be brief and surmountable.
Container Carriers ‘Unhinged’ from World’s Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
5/10/2016   (1) comment
Instead of adding capacity, container carriers should be working together to find long-term solutions to the industry-wide capacity glut conundrum.
Big Gap Between Manufacturing Numbers & GDP Growth
B. Cameron Gain  
4/20/2016   Post a comment
For supply chain-related segments of the economy, including transportation and manufacturing, all is not rosy despite promising GDP figures.
Container Ship Capacity Growth Dips to Historic Low
B. Cameron Gain  
3/8/2016   Post a comment
Global container ship capacity is expected to grow by only 4.6% this year, with a significant reduction in boat construction and a higher rate of boat scrapping.
Apple Supply Chain Feels iPhone Pain
B. Cameron Gain  
2/9/2016   Post a comment
Slackening demand for Apple’s iconic iPhone is putting pressure on electronics suppliers, while the shortfall in sales growth could also affect component prices.
Shipping Left Out in Climate Pact, Industry Deals with It
B. Cameron Gain  
2/4/2016   Post a comment
The Paris climate agreement didn't specifically charge the logistics industry with a role in change, but the industry is taking up the mantle anyway.
Mega-Mergers Will Likely Prompt Container Shipping Price Hikes
B. Cameron Gain  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
High-level mergers among the world’s largest container shipping companies are reshaping the global ocean transport industry--and in the end it may mean higher prices.
The Changing Landscape of Global Ports
B. Cameron Gain  
1/13/2016   (7) comments
More than a dozen major ports are evolving to become critical players in the global supply chain list. Let's take a look at what ports are on the list.
15 New & Old Ports Emerge as Global Trade Players
B. Cameron Gain  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A variety of business and political factors are behind the emergence of ports that will be critically important to the supply chain by 2020.
Weak Peak Shipping Season Raises Question about U.S. Economy
B. Cameron Gain  
1/7/2016   Post a comment
Besides portending a possible sooner-than-expected slowdown in the U.S. economy, weak import shipping volumes and rising inventories during the peak holiday shipping season just past will likely have broad supply chain-specific implications.
China’s Status as a Low-Cost Production Powerhouse Wanes
B. Cameron Gain  
12/8/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, manufacturers are looking beyond China for new manufacturing sites as costs rise and benefits decrease.
Bad Economic Winds Blow Good for Shipping Prices
B. Cameron Gain  
11/11/2015   Post a comment
The economic downturn has made shipping by sea more affordable for electronics OEMs.
Sony Drones Spotlight Bright Supply Chain Future
B. Cameron Gain  
10/26/2015   (1) comment
While drones are expected to become a hit commercially and eventually improve supply chain management practices, it is still too early to gauge the lasting impact drones will have.
5 Ways to Power Your Supply Chain with Renewable Energy
B. Cameron Gain  
9/9/2015   (2) comments
There are lots of solid business reasons to move toward a carbon free or carbon limited supply chain.
The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing
B. Cameron Gain  
8/18/2015   Post a comment
A variety of factors are changing what customers want from distribution partners. A new study from UPS outlines the four biggest shifts.
Hype Aside, Tesla’s Battery Pack Could Help Supply Chains
B. Cameron Gain  
7/13/2015   Post a comment
Tesla's expertise in battery technology is gearing up to provide the industry a helpful alternative for uses other than automobiles.
Autonomous Driving Revs Up the Supply Chain
B. Cameron 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.
10 Business Continuity Tips for the Global Supply Chain Era
B. Cameron 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.
Supply Chain Lacks a Common Standard for Wearables
B. Cameron Gain  
5/6/2015   Post a comment
Before wearables reach their potential, OEMs and their suppliers have things to do to get the supply chain ready.
How Tesla Disrupts the Auto Infotainment Supply Chain
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Instead of relying on traditional tier-1 suppliers to design and make the Model S’ infotainment system, Tesla did much of the design work itself while outsourcing the production to contract manufacturing firms.
5 Supply Chain Hurdles Before Wearables Will Work
B. Cameron 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.
5 Reasons Apple is Set to Create a Car Supply Chain
B. Cameron 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.
Your Supplier’s Inside Threat, Your Security Risk
B. Cameron Gain  
2/19/2015   Post a comment
Your suppliers poor security may translate into big risk for your organization.
Security Concerns Mount as Wearables Enter Healthcare
B. Cameron Gain  
2/5/2015   Post a comment
Wearables are going to be a huge and growing market, but supply chain pros need to start considering the security implications and looking at ways of securing personal health information.
Risk Management: Get a Better Grip on Sub-Tier 1 Suppliers
B. Cameron Gain  
1/26/2015   Post a comment
Although OEMs are tempted to focus their risk-management efforts on Tier 1 suppliers, new research suggests that the lower levels need careful management as well.
4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
12/18/2014   (4) comments
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
SAE Anti-Counterfeit Standard Adds Teeth to Legal Protection
B. Cameron Gain  
11/11/2014   (2) comments
Counterfeit components are pouring into the electronics supply chain. Fortunately, a new international standard should help to serve as legal protection for distributors and buyers when counterfeit parts show up.
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