Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Know the Science Behind Effective Packaging
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/20/2017   (1) comment
In addition to protecting the product from damage and external environmental factors during shipping and storage, the packaging must be attractive. Neurodesign helps figure out how to optimize packaging impact.
Trump Threatens to Dismantle Trade Agreements
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/19/2017   Post a comment
In the wake of a new presidential administration, electronics OEMs, distributors, and component makers are questioning how President Elect Trump will move forward with threats to withdraw America from its trade
DoD Policy Takes Aim at Counterfeit Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/18/2017   Post a comment
The Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement final rule puts new guidelines in place for a DoD procurement practices to limit the risk of counterfeit parts getting integrated into critical military systems.
10 Supply Chain Infographics that Speak Louder than Words
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2017   (1) comment
We decided to look back at some of the most popular topics and graphics from the past year. This is a list of the most popular infographics on EBN in the past year.
10 Workplace Incentives that Promote Employee Retention
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Organizations can save money and increase employee retention by offering better benefits. Here are ten suggestions to make it happen.
25 Million-Dollar Technology Ideas That Started on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/12/2017   (3) comments
We looked at Kickstarter to see what new ideas are exciting consumers the most. We found a couple dozen projects that asked for tens of thousands of dollars in support and raked in a million dollars or more.
Exploring the Consumer-Driven Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/6/2017   Post a comment
Instead of a product first approach, retailers need to put the consumer first.
Artificial Intelligence Takes to E-Commerce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/30/2016   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to shape the consumer shopping experience.
Top 10 Hottest EBN Blogs in 2016
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/26/2016   (1) comment
EBN community members were most interested in hearing about the happenings at the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the coolest technology implementations and vertical markets, and the latest technology trends.
Workplace Safety Makes Productivity Soar
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/23/2016   (1) comment
Most manufacturers who implement safety programs experience increased productivity and even cost savings.
25 Best Graduate Supply Chain Programs in North America
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/21/2016   Post a comment
Leading universities are offering something for every situation from those who want to be full-time students to those who want to study long distance or on evenings and weekends.
Engage Employees in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2016   (3) comments
Employee disengagement is a bigger problem than you may think. Here's a way to maximize your supply chain results by getting workers on their best behavior.
The Future of 3D Printing Starts with Business
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2016   Post a comment
3D printing technology at the business level, particularly in manufacturing, is quickly emerging as the place where the real promise lies at least in the near future.
High Visibility Counteracts Supply Chain Drama
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/9/2016   Post a comment
A new infographic details how supply chain visibility can prevent unforeseen issues to become big calamities.
EBN@C-Level: Risk & Resiliency Top New Year’s Resolution List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/8/2016   Post a comment
Risk is everywhere and resilience is paramount. We asked an industry expert to talk about how leading companies prepare thrive in hard times.
10 Hottest Electronic Supply Chain Slideshows of 2016
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
Whether we were talking about the people, places, or things of the electronics supply chain world, readers agreed that these slideshows were their favorites.
20 Best Tech-Based Toys Promise Big Holiday Hits
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2016   Post a comment
This slideshow offers a quick look at how electronics are powering and enabling the coolest new toys for the holiday season, from drones and robots to STEM teaching toys.
Get the Right Generational Talent Mix
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/2/2016   Post a comment
Each generation is looking for something different in terms of compensation package. Finding the right employees starts with understanding the differences between Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Millennials.
Examining the Risky Business of E-Commerce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/29/2016   Post a comment
Without the right supply chain for both the OEM and the online retailer, e-commerce growth can create more risk than reward.
Black Friday: Will It Achieve National Holiday Status?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/25/2016   (4) comments
Online shopping site wants Black Friday to take its place on the calendar as an official national holiday. Electronics retailers may agree.
10 Ways to Woo Supply Chain Talent
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/18/2016   Post a comment
Let people know that supply chain and logistics offer some great opportunities for a fulfilling career. It's time to close the talent gap.
The Ebbing Appeal of Black Friday
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2016   Post a comment
With more choices, many consumers are losing interest in celebrating Black Friday the good old fashioned way. Electronics retailers need to up their game to capture customers.
Time for Supply Chain to Scale the Data Governance Mountain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/4/2016   Post a comment
Most electronics OEMs are probably just starting the journey to real and proactive data governance. However, the benefits for getting there are plentiful.
Top 25 Undergraduate Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/2/2016   Post a comment
Some of the most well known universities in the country offer undergraduate programs to get students started down the supply chain path.
Procurement Faces at Digital Tipping Point
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/28/2016   (1) comment
Technology trends are creating a new tipping point for procurement, in addition to offering new ways for the function to prove its worth.
Blockchain Set to Transform Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/21/2016   (1) comment
Blockchain has supply chain aficionados excited because the technology will support new business processes that allow for assets to be transferred over the Internet without the need for a centralized third party.
Avnet Completes Acquisition of Premier Farnell
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/17/2016   Post a comment
Avnet has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Premier Farnell in an all cash merger.
M-Commerce Emerges as Critical Component to Online Sales
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/14/2016   (2) comments
With the explosive growth of mobile devices as an e-commerce tool, online retailers need to start thinking hard about providing the right kind of mobile experience to customers.
Get Yourself Named Procurement MVP
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2016   Post a comment
Every procurement should work to stand out as the most valuable player (MVP) in the organization. Here are a few tips on how to get started.
Let's Celebrate Manufacturing Day
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/7/2016   Post a comment
Today, around the United States, over 2,500 events have been scheduled to raise awareness about manufacturing and the opportunities for people who want to work there.
Mid-Sized Manufacturing Survey Tracks Procurement Evolution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/4/2016   Post a comment
Mid-sized manufactures report a positive financial outlook and expect supply chain performance to be even more critical than ever before.
Jabil Unveils Innovation Acceleration Services for OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2016   Post a comment
Jabil has announced that it is offering rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and managed procurement and supply chain services to help its OEM customers get ideas from the drawing board to reality faster and cheaper.
Small Biz Trusts Global Trade to Boost U.S. Economy
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/30/2016   Post a comment
Most small business owners believe that increasing global trade has the potential to improve the United States economy, a FedEx survey finds.
B2B Electronics e-Commerce Set to Explode
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2016   Post a comment
B2B e-commerce is booming, particularly in the electronics industry.
Avnet Sells Technology Solutions Unit to Tech Data
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2016   Post a comment
Avnet today announced that it has agreed to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to Tech Data Corp.
Autonomous Vehicles Take to the Roads
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/16/2016   (27) comments
In the not too distant future, autonomous driving technology will likely be part of every electronic OEMs logistics planning.
APAC Trade Shapes Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/9/2016   Post a comment
Six key Asian economies highlight the importance if intra-APAC trading and points to potential changes in the supply chain.
Amelio Takes Avnet Helm as CEO
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/8/2016   Post a comment
Avnet has appointed that William Amelio as its chief executive officer.
Labeling Ups Efficiency in Auto Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/2/2016   Post a comment
In the auto industry, good labeling practices are emerging as a key strategy for managing today's complex labeling requirements and regulations.
Make vs. Buy: Weighing the Cost of the Conveyor
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/26/2016   Post a comment
There's no single right answer when a manufacturer starts to decide whether to make or buy its conveyor system. The only real answer is "It depends."
Symmetry Electronics & SemiconductorStore.com Combine to Deliver Technical Design Help, Ordering Ease
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/17/2016   Post a comment
Global semiconductor distributor Symmetry Electronics has announced a new combined brand that promises to bring together design support for engineers and ease of ordering for procurement.
Building a Maker Nation with a 3D Carver in Every School
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2016   (1) comment
To get the well trained professionals we need, we need to get kids involved and interested in science, technology and math early. One tech company is taking that mandate seriously.
Guard the Supply Chain from Social Engineering
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/17/2016   Post a comment
Social engineering attacks can be costly and hard to detect, especially for supply chain professionals.
15 Crowd-Pleasing IoT Product & Platform Wins
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2016   (2) comments
Innovators are working hard to make the big predictions for the IoT market come true. In recent months, these IoT projects all received greater than 100% funding on their chosen crowd sourcing site.
Omnichannel Drives Supply Chain Digitization
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/10/2016   Post a comment
The increased expectations of consumers, combined with the availability of ubiquitous technology, are changing the way today's electronics supply chains function.
B2Bi & Collaboration Support Supply Chain Improvements
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/9/2016   Post a comment
Business to business electronic integration (B2Bi) platforms that support and enhance collaboration are joining the list of must-have technologies.
3-Step Sustainability Framework Points to Future
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/7/2016   Post a comment
Organizations have a significant opportunity to create environmental change, and making those changes will ultimately create stronger and more sustainable businesses.
Digitization Tops the List of Supply Chain Priorities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2016   (1) comment
Most organizations are focused on leveraging advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things and big data, to create a quicker and more agile supply chain.
2016 Top 25 Global Franchised Distributors
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
The global franchised distributors that remain in the race in 2016 have remained largely the same, with only one or another dropping back a pace or two.
EBN@C-Level: Digi-Key's President & COO Dave Doherty Talks Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
We recently sat down for a chat with Dave Doherty, president at Digi-Key to get his thoughts on what direction he plans to take Digi-Key, as well as how the electronics distribution business and industry are evolving.
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