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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Heralding the Advent of Logistics 2.0
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/16/2015   Post a comment
To succeed in today's fast-paced market, logistics and supply chain organizations need to use the newest technologies in smart new ways.
Survey Says: Purchasing Contributes to Competitive Advantage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2015   Post a comment
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.
Women Leaders: Tech Companies' Biggest Secret Weapon
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/12/2015   (1) comment
Women CEOs provide signifigant value to the company--but today technology OEMs are less likely to have women at the helm.
Forklift Safety Critical in the Winter Warehouse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/9/2015   (5) comments
Especially in winter, organizations need to consider the safety of warehouse workers running forklifts. A little bit of awareness can avoid big problems.
Top 10 Wearables Kickstarter Projects of 2014
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/5/2015   (4) comments
In 2015, wearable technology is promising to take the technology world by storm. Here's a look at the most popular Kickstarter projects from 2014 that are taking aim at this hot market.
Organic Electronics: A Market Growing Wild
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/2/2015   (13) comments
Organic electronics promise to take certain applications by storm very soon. Here's a look, in pictures, at the potential of this emerging market.
Year in Review: EBN's Top 10 Electronics Supply Chain Stories
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/31/2014   (7) comments
In 2014, EBN readers wanted to hear about the happenings of leading electronics organizations and new technologies. Further, staffing was and will remain a hot topic.
Holiday Travel Offers Big OEM Opportunity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/26/2014   (28) comments
Holiday travelers want their electronic toys to take along. OEMs need to take this important segment into account in designing new products.
Get Gifted in Sales & Ops Planning
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
Sales and operations planning is critical to supply chain success. The most gifted supply chain organizations make S&OP a priority using these tips for success.
Cloud: Adopting the Next-Gen IT Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
As more customers move to the cloud, will OEMs have to change the way they think about connecting with customers?
Building the Mobile Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/12/2014   (10) comments
Mobile apps will shortly become a mainstay of the average supply chain as organizations come to understand the huge benefits to logistics and supply chain activities.
8 Places Wireless Charging Is Hitting Mainstream
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2014   (13) comments
Soon wireless charging will be one of those "how did we ever live without it" technologies. Today, applications are cropping up everywhere.
2014 Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   (10) comments
Take a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
Supply Chain Risk Management Step by Step
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   Post a comment
Risk is a reality in the supply chain. Too often, though, organizations ignore the problem and underprepare. This step-by-step guide leads supply chain managers through best practices.
6 Steps to Closing the Reverse Logistics Loop
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/4/2014   (3) comments
A closed loop supply chain can seem out of reach of the average organization. These six steps offer a clear process for creating a successful green effort.
Integration: The Secret to Reverse Logistics Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2014   (2) comments
Reverse logistics is often seen as a necessary evil and a big time sink. With an integrated process, though, these activities can actually add to the organization's bottom line.
Changing World Requires Risk Management Focus
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
Risk isn't a new topic in the supply chain, but it's one that is moving up the priority list for many electronics companies, as a global reach becomes a reality.
Poor Planning & Lack of Staffing Threaten Manufacturing Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/1/2014   (13) comments
Manufacturing is a growth industry, but a huge talent gap might slow things down, a new survey said.
China Presents Opportunities & Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/28/2014   (19) comments
When it comes to the electronics industry, OEMs need to deal with China, a country that offers both opportunity and challenge.
Electronics Top Holiday Shopping List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/27/2014   (10) comments
When it comes to holiday shopping, tablets, smartphones, and more will be top picks for consumers, making the coming weeks a potential boon for electronics OEMs.
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   (8) 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   (1) 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   (13) 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.
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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.
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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.
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