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BlackBerry’s Indonesian Partnerships Demand Local Components
Ariella Brown  
11/17/2016   Post a comment
As regulatory compliance becomes more stringent, Blackberry is partnering more closely with component makers in Indonesia. It may be an idea whose time has come.
Bosch & SAP Partner to Advance IoT & Industrie 4.0
Ariella Brown  
11/1/2016   Post a comment
A partnership between Bosch and SAP potentially will give supply chains more access to real time data for better planning and smoother logistics.
Designing a Better Interface for Humans & Cars
Ariella Brown  
9/28/2016   Post a comment
The change of style in automotive controls brings up questions of designing for an effective human-machine interface that doesn’t sacrifice function to form.
Cisco Reaches for New Sustainability Goal
Ariella Brown  
9/22/2016   Post a comment
Cisco has it's eyes on a big goal: controlling not just its own ecological footprint but also that of its suppliers.
This Is Not Your Grandfather’s Airship
Ariella Brown  
8/9/2016   Post a comment
The capacity and ability of France’s Flying Whalesa airships to take on or discharge weighty cargo from a hover position would render it a much more cost-effective way to transport large loads via air than using heavy-lift helicopters.
Countering Counterfeits with SHIELD’s Dialet Solution
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7/28/2016   Post a comment
The electronic supply chain is plagued by counterfeit parts, and even the US military is not immune. That’s why the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the SHIELD program.
Putting IoT into production
Ariella Brown  
7/11/2016   Post a comment
IoT’s boost to productivity at Fujitsu pulls together all the pieces of the production puzzle to improve the whole, which is greater than the sum of its parts.
Committing to Ethical Standards for the Supply Chain
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7/5/2016   Post a comment
Ford Motor Company is the first automaker to achieve full membership of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) — a nonprofit group of electronics companies working to improve the social, environmental and ethical conditions of their global supply chains.
3 Ways 3D Printing Saves Energy for OEMs
Ariella Brown  
6/16/2016   (1) comment
3D printing itself can result in less energy expended over the supply chain.
Industrie 4.0 Gets a Boost from Bosch
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4/18/2016   Post a comment
Privately owned Bosch is taking a major role in Industrie 4.0 with its own IoT cloud.
Intel Commits to No More Conflict Minerals in 2016
Ariella Brown  
3/10/2016   Post a comment
EBN talks to Intel about its plans to become totally conflict mineral free during this calendar year.
UK Plans to Use Supply Chain Transparency to Combat Slavery
Ariella Brown  
2/3/2016   Post a comment
The only way to effectively stop the sale of the products of slave labor is to track all the parts used in the supply chain.
Lessons Learned from Award-Winning Manufacturers
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1/26/2016   Post a comment
Industry awards are a nod to great practice--and hopefully an inspiration to others.
Making Factories Run Better with 3D Printing
Ariella Brown  
12/2/2015   Post a comment
In the electronics industry, we talk about making 3D printers, but applying to technology to the manufacturing floor has the potential to yield excellent results as well.
JIT: The Promise of Emerging Tech for Electronics Manufacturing
Ariella Brown  
9/22/2015   Post a comment
With the advent of 3D printing, drones, and other emerging digital technologies, manufacturing is increasingly able to deliver on the promise of just in time manufacturing for consumers.
Mapping Out a Better Electronics Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Awareness of the need for sustainability and transparency in the electronic supply chain is rising. Forward-thinking companies are committed to improving in those areas.
What Wooden Dolls Can Teach Us About Today’s Supply Chain
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7/23/2015   Post a comment
Wooden dolls meet the Internet of Things in ways that teach useful lessons about the electronics supply chain.
Logistics Don’t Always Deliver Joy
Ariella Brown  
6/18/2015   Post a comment
Logistics may be the path to real business advantage and brand differentiation for the average electronics OEM and retailer.
Robots Improve Logistics in the Electronics Supply Chain
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6/16/2015   Post a comment
Robotics may be a key technology in meeting the demand in the electronics supply chain for greater logistics efficiency.
IoT to Deliver $1.9 Trillion Boost to Supply Chain
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
We’ve come a long way in the task of connecting people and systems and we'll go much further with IoT in ways that will positively impact the supply chain.
Transparency Combats Human Trafficking & Slavery in the Supply Chain
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5/20/2015   Post a comment
In an effort to stem the problem of human trafficking and slavery, California lawmakers are forging a new path in legislating transparency in the supply chain of large organizations.
Data Drives Down Carbon in the Electronic Supply Chain
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
The only way to solve a problem is to clealry define it. Now, an industry organization is working toward gathering real data about electronics supply chain emissions.
Apple Marking Progress on the Road to Conflict-Free Minerals
Ariella Brown  
3/5/2015   (3) comments
Apple is leading the charge in the conflict-free minerals race. The company is hoping that slow and steady will win the race.
3D Printing Reshapes Automotive Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
2/4/2015   (1) 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?
Holographic Images for Healthcare
Ariella Brown  
1/27/2015   Post a comment
Like a scene from a science fiction film, this new holographic technology allows doctors and surgeons to view and interact with virtual representations of organs in real-time.
Smartphones for the Blind
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1/16/2015   Post a comment
For the visually impaired, the empowerment offered by suitably equipped smartphones provides more than convenience -- it represents independence!
This Shirt Could Save Your Life
Ariella Brown  
11/4/2014   (29) comments
For heart attacks, a rapid response to any danger signs can make the difference between a full recovery and permanent damage.
Lean Thinking for Sustainable Supply Chains
Ariella Brown  
8/27/2014   (12) comments
Productivity expert has some surprising takes on how the global supply chain affects your efforts to be a sustainable business.
Currency in the Future of the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/19/2014   (21) comments
Bitcoin and possible future virtual currencies have the potential to make global supply chain transactions easier.
Space & the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
7/25/2014   (40) comments
On the verge of deep space exploration, supply chain management is emerging as the critical issue for the success of the missions.
3D Printing Might Bring Manufacturing Back to Canada
Ariella Brown  
7/11/2014   (25) comments
The key isn't to see it as a replacement for traditional manufacturing, but as a vital new adjunct.
Army to Big City: 3D Printing Reshapes the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
5/26/2014   (7) comments
More than just a geeky novelty, 3D printing has potential to streamline the supply chain. The US Army has already found some solid applications.
Collaboration & the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
5/1/2013   (4) comments
Tapping into the power of aggregation could deliver benefits for more than just hospitals.
Africa: The New China
Ariella Brown  
4/18/2013   (42) comments
IBM has been in Africa for more than 60 years, but last year it decided to get serious about the region.
US Thumps China in Solar Panel Shipment
Ariella Brown  
8/31/2011   (35) comments
The US recorded a trade surplus versus China in the shipment of solar panels, and a $600 million investment from GE will only enhance this.




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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!
Archived Dialogues
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.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
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.