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The 10 Commandments of Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/24/2014   (1) comment
Our industry doesn't have to be caught in the upcoming worker shortage. Start early, with these 10 easy rules, and attract the best and brightest workers of the millennial generation.
American Manufacturing: An Expanding Frontier
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/21/2014   (6) comments
American manufacturing is on the rise. The electronics industry is likely to be a key component of the growth.
Procurement in the Supply Chain: 10 Keys to Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/18/2014   (1) comment
The role of procurement in the organization is quickly changing, and procurement pros have to evolve right along with it.
Ready the Supply Chain for the IoT Storm
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/14/2014   (4) comments
The IoT of things will put more data into the hands of supply chain professionals. Leveraged properly, it has the promise to transform how organizations manage the business of getting products built.
Wise Words: Thought Leaders Share Best Procurement Knowledge
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/13/2014   (7) comments
Electronics has plenty to learn from other industries on the topic of procurement best-practices. This slideshow encapsulates the collective wisdom of speakers at the recent Horizon 2014 procurement conference.
Live Chat 11/12: Secure the Supply Chain From Hackers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2014   (9) comments
Cyberthreats may be one of the biggest risks that the average electronics OEM, CM, or component manufacturer needs to manage. Join us for a live chat to discuss the reality of these threats and what to do about them.
Winter-Proof Your Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/10/2014   Post a comment
Depending on what is being transported, subzero temperatures can translate into eroded product quality or even product failures. Up-front planning can help avoid winter disasters.
Infographic: How to Outsource Logistics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/7/2014   (7) comments
In many supply chains, 3PLs have taken center stage. This infographic offers an eight-step process for getting from in-house logistics to a solid partnership with a well-chosen outside provider.
Lessons Learned: Jabil Embraces Supply Chain Complexity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/5/2014   Post a comment
Mudit Bajaj, senior director of logistics for Jabil, shares some thoughts on the reality of risk in today's supply chain, and the strategies that his company uses to manage it.
Digi-Key & Mentor Graphic Launch New EDA Tools
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/4/2014   (8) comments
Mentor Graphics and Digi-Key collaborate to help electronics designers and buyers adopt new technologies and reduce errors.
Spooky Spending: The Halloween Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/31/2014   (22) comments
Halloween may not be a big day for the electronics industry in general, but getting the critical Halloween essentials into the hands of consumers offers an example of an well-run supply chain.
Live Chat 10/30: 10 Metrics to Improve Procurement Performance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/29/2014   (8) comments
Richard Waugh, vice president of corporate development at Zycus, will join us to discuss the 10 most important procurement performance metrics, from the old standards to new and emerging best-practices.
Infographic: Electronics Consumers Excited by New Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/24/2014   (1) comment
Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are technology table stakes for most American consumers -- so let the buying continue. A recent survey traces plans and wishes for electronic toys.
Slideshow: Top Manufacturing & Purchasing Trends
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/22/2014   (5) comments
The Purchasing and Manufacturing Survey from Prime Advantage shows continued optimism about revenue and employment, despite concerns about rising costs and a lack of qualified workers.
Infographic: Fake Electronics Fool Consumers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/17/2014   (19) comments
As much as we talk about the reality of counterfeit electronic components, the problem of counterfeit electronics goods is equally problematic.
Slideshow: Top 10 Graduate Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/16/2014   (11) comments
For those who want to advance a supply chain career, the academic world offers a wealth of opportunities in continuing education, from a certificate in supply chain management to a Master's degree or Doctorate. Gartner's research identifies the leading programs.
UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2014   (9) comments
A new offering from UL's Information & Insights (I&I) division hopes to help the industry streamline reporting while increasing compliance around conflict minerals.
Live Chat 10/16: Examining the Supply Chain With a Macroeconomic Lens
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/13/2014   (1) comment
Apek Mulay, EBN blogger and CEO of Mulay's Consultancy Services, brings his expertise in macroeconomics and the US semiconductor industry to bear as we discuss how the decentralization of the electronics supply chain and mass capitalism could benefit the industry. This approach, he says, will foster socio-economic reforms, reduce taxes, and help improve collaboration among businesses.
Infographic: Startups in the High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2014   (8) comments
High-tech startups are critical to the electronics supply chain for innovation and flexibility. Organizations need to look closely at the reality of working with these emerging firms.
Slideshow: Top 10 Undergrad Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/6/2014   (6) comments
Supply chain management may not be the first thought of newly minted college freshmen, but it's a promising field, and there are plenty of excellent programs out there. Here's a look at the cream of the crop.
Infographic: Past, Present, & Future of IoT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2014   (11) comments
The Internet of Things is set to grow at an astonishing pace. Is the supply chain ready to support the increased demand?
Collaborative Sourcing Reduces Costs & Time
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/2/2014   (11) comments
Procurement departments that throw out the spreadsheets and turn to a collaborative sourcing platform can reap substantial savings.
New Common Parts Library Supports Connected Device Design
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/29/2014   (4) comments
Octopart is developing a living library of readily available, commonly used parts for designers who want to ease supply chain headaches when it comes time to build their connected devices.
Infographic: Emerging Market Growth Depends on Smart Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2014   (25) comments
Emerging markets can be a lucrative target for electronics OEMs, but it's critical to put strong supply chain practices in place to capture the best results.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/25/2014   (18) comments
A great idea for a new wearable or connected electronics product can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
Live Chat 9/25: Leveraging Smart Tech to Manage Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2014   (6) comments
Dave Bowen, CEO of the e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geopolitical and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2014   (12) comments
The iPhone 6 is more than a just a new product success story. It offers an example of an electronics supply chain that spreads across the globe and has the potential for economic change.
iPhone Tech Evolves & Thrives: Infographic
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/12/2014   (8) comments
A look at the trajectory of the iPhone shows consistent growth and a track record for innovation. Now, let's talk about how the electronics supply chain will shift along with changes in consumer electronics.
Corrugated Packaging Getting Consistently Greener
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/5/2014   (27) comments
Corrugated materials makers are scoring high in terms of reducing its environmental impact.
Distributors Hit the Designer/DIY Flashpoint
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/7/2014   (11) comments
The line between the Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) and the true electronics designer is being blurred. Innovation is coming from all over. We wanted to know if the distribution community is ready.
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.
Leveraging Logistics to Cut Supply Chain Clutter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2014   (2) comments
By focusing on lostics, organizations can improve sustainability.
Infographic: Looking at the End of Life of Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2014   (4) comments
E-waste recycling is still underutilized. Let's look at the potential for doing better in the future.
Live Chat 6/23: Smart Homes, Semis & the Proliferation of Small Data
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/19/2014   (2) comments
As much as we talk about big data, "little data" (all those bits and bytes generated by smart appliances and technologies) are also going to change the industry. We've invited Cees Links, founder and CEO of fabless semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies and a pioneer of the wireless data industry, to talk about how the evolution of smart home data communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to affect the electronics industry.
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.
Infographic: State of ROHS 2 Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2014   (12) comments
RoHS 2 deadlines are on the horizon. We're close to compliance but gaps remain.
Infographic: Tracing the Impact of EE
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/6/2014   (11) comments
We have electrical engineers to thank for a lot of innovation. What should they design next?
Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/2/2014   (3) comments
In an industry that has historically struggled with maintaining forward momentum amid change, the Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors List has achieved notable stability.
The Changing Face of Distribution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/2/2014   (2) comments
Arrow Electronics chief executive Mike Long gives his take on the distribution industry, today and into the future, and shares how Arrow is evolving to meet the changing demands of the industry.
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.
Infographic: Electronic Component Counterfeiting & Product Life Cycle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/30/2014   (6) comments
Product life cycles and counterfeit components are clearly related. Here's a look at how the way we manage end of life on components can increase the use of counterfeit components.
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.
Live Chat 5/29: Big Data & Security in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2014   (1) comment
Join us for an EBN live chat on Thursday, May 29 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) in the EBN chat area with Dataguise's Manmeet Singh. We'll be discussing best-practices around data privacy protection in the big-data world.
Infographic: The Fact & (Science) Fiction of 3D Printing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2014   (12) comments
Although not yet mainstream, it's clear that 3D printing is set to shift the electronics manufacturing landscape, from how products are designed to how the supply chain evolves.
Electronics Decision Makers Leverage Online Sources
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2014   (9) comments
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, looks at how electronics organizations get online information.
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.
Distributor Preference Survey Tracks Customer Perception
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/20/2014   (5) comments
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, provides a close look at how customers rate the performance of major electronics distributors.
Infographic: Defining the Internet of Things
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/16/2014   (7) comments
Internet of Things is here to stay, so it's time to start trying to find some common definitions.
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.
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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.
Live Chat 11/06: Enterprise Risks, Intellectual Property & Supply Chains
Enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks can be useful to identify, assess, and manage intellectual property (IP) risks that arise in supply chain compliance. We'll look at real-world examples and strategies for mitigating those risks.
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