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Mary E. Shacklett
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Blockchain: Strategic But Still Aspirational
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/1/2017   Post a comment
Blockchain promises supply chain transformation but the technology and concept are still in early days. It may not be too early to start looking at it as a strategic initiative.
5 Ways Electronics OEMs Can Combat the IP Theft Challenge
Mary E. Shacklett  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
Awareness of the problem of intellectual property theft, as well as strategic action can help manufacturers get a handle on the problem.
Device Testing: The Secret to Improving Chip Yield & Performance
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/27/2016   Post a comment
Using analytics to test semiconductor chips may make the difference between business success and failure.
3D Manufacturing Offers Effective Way of Creating Integrating Circuits
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
3D printing should be on the technology roadmaps of electronics manufacturers. It has the potential to provide an agile approach to the more complex geometries and materials that are likely to be required for electronics in future advanced manufacturing environments.
4 Legal Liability Issues for Electronics OEMs Will Face in 2017
Mary E. Shacklett  
11/9/2016   (1) comment
Managers and decision makers in the electronics industry must to proactively look at the areas of legal liability that are likely to be major focal points in 2017.
Electronics & the IoT Security Threat: 6 Steps to Mitigation
Mary E. Shacklett  
11/3/2016   (1) comment
Electronics companies must contend with with the security risks associated with IoT.
A Universal Gateway for IoT
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/27/2016   (1) comment
For the electronics industry, IoT and initiatives like Industrie 4.0 pay off in multiple ways, but the end-to-end linkages that move the information that is needed for seamless IoT can’t happen unless diverse standards for IoT communications are reconciled.
Embedded software creates new challenges for electronics products
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/18/2016   Post a comment
Embedded software adds functionality and automation to electronic products—but this can often come at the cost of quality assurance, safety and security.
Pay-Per-Use IoT Brings Monetization Opportunities to Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
IoT devices inevitably contain electronic content, and in many emerging use cases, they present monetization opportunities for electronics companies willing provide services related to IoT-driven data.
Forging a Clear Path to Managing Supplier Risk
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/13/2016   (2) comments
Half of all companies acknowledge that they have faced challenges because of supplier non-compliance. Audits are critical.
Facilitating IoT Uptake in Factories
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/22/2015   Post a comment
The sensor market is exploding and many credit consumer electronics. However, this technology is also expected to change the way our manufacturing factories run.
Use Logistics to Maintain a Global Electronics Presence
Mary E. Shacklett  
9/16/2015   Post a comment
The road to success for electronics OEMs are paved with innovative new products. A strong logistics infrastructure and partnerships, though, is also important.
The New Internet Factory & Electronics’ Leading Role
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/7/2015   Post a comment
As demand for new products and features increases, OEMs are loking for new ways to meet demand. The new Internet factory is being built to meet that demand.
Mobile Market Demands Solid Supply Chain
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/21/2015   Post a comment
For electronics companies, this soaring use of mobile devices translates into accelerating demands for mobile technology—and the need to further improve supply chains.
4 Strategies to Maximize Multimodal Shipping Opportunities
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/25/2015   (1) comment
Apple and its worldwide iPhone introduction has got supply chain pros talking about how to best use the breadth of shipping options available to get consumer electronics to customers when and where they want it.
In Pursuit of Sustainable Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
11/19/2014   (2) comments
Large electronics OEMs are starting to get real about sustainability. It's a good start, but there's plenty more to do.
Getting on Top of Customs Compliance in a Global Economy
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/28/2014   (9) comments
Cloud-based automation has the potential to reduce the cost and complexity of managing evolving customs and compliance standards worldwide.
SaaS Eases Supply Chain Pains
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/20/2014   (2) comments
SaaS comes to the rescue of the global supply chain.
Consistency Concerns Loom Larger as Chips Get Smaller
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/15/2014   (4) comments
The demand for increasingly smaller devices drives the innovation in designing smaller processors. But at that small a scale, consistent performance can be tough to achieve.
Air Cargo Has a Place in Your Supply Strategy
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/8/2014   (17) comments
Despite a slowdown in the use of air cargo because of economic conditions, it still needs to be a regular option for your company -- particularly if you are on the bleeding edge of design or emerging markets.
Day-to-Day Facilities Management Saves Big Money in Fab
Mary E. Shacklett  
6/5/2014   (4) comments
As shifts in demand and pricing changes the math on electronic components, organizations need to look closely at fabrication planning.
Software-Defined Storage Improves IC Time to Market
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/29/2014   Post a comment
Software-defined storage has hit the consciousness of the general public with the advent of IBM's Watson. Now, however, the same technology is being leverage to ensure IC production.
5 Business Benefits of a Fluid Distribution Network
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/9/2014   (3) comments
By leveraging today's technologies, organizations can move toward capturing the benefits of a fluid distribution network.
Getting to Fluid Distribution Networks
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/7/2014   (5) comments
With the impact of the omnichannel approach and the rapid changes in customer and product demands, old-style distribution network planning doesn't work anymore. Let's talk about how to reevaluate distribution networks to stay with the flow.
It’s Time for Better Systems in the Yard
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/31/2014   (5) comments
We've automated many aspects of the supply chain, but the trucks that come into the warehouse are still managed in the warehouse. It's time for a forklift upgrade of yard management.
Plotting Next Steps for Optimizing Intermodal Shipping
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/12/2014   (20) comments
In order to really transform the supply chain, intermodal logistics levels need to reach the next level.
Innovate in Limiting Supplier Risk
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/27/2013   (24) comments
Supplier risk goes far beyond finding an alternate source. It's time to shore up other parts of your risk management program.




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EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
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.