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ECIA: Component Sales Through Distribution in the Americas up 3% in February 2015
Latest Research  
4/17/2015   Post a comment
Distributor sales in February according to ECIA were up 3% to January sales in the Americas.
Apple's History of Supply Chain Excellence
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/17/2015   (2) comments
My any measure, Apple's supply chain sets the bar for the electronics supply chain industry. This infographic traces the organizations illustrious history.
Procurement & Finance: A Collaborative Approach
Priyanka Potdukhe  
4/16/2015   Post a comment
If the procurment department works to build close relationships with the finance function, the organization has the potential for big bottom line gains.
Risk-Based, Tiered Approach to 3rd Party Anti-Corruption Achieves Due Diligence
Leslie Benton  
4/15/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs can potentially be held repsonsible for corrupt acts of third party business partners so corruption-focused, third party due diligence is vital.
Women in Manufacturing: Building a Path the Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/14/2015   (2) comments
A new study looks at the gender gap in the manufacturing sector--and suggests some ways of glosing that gap.
Con Min Compliance No Easy Task, But Doable
Per Loof  
4/14/2015   Post a comment
A look at how one large capacitor maker tackled conflict minerals compliance offers lessons for the industry.
Manufacturing Day Welcomes CNA and Reliance Steel as Bronze Sponsors for 2015
EBN Newswire  
4/14/2015   Post a comment
The roster of Manufacturing Day 2015 sponsors has added two key supporters as the following companies pledged their support to this national movement.
America II Signs Six New Franchise Distribution Agreements
EBN Newswire  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
Global distributor finishes Q1 with strong growth in franchise lines.
The Dawn of the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
A variety of digital technologies are enhancing electronics manufacturing. Now, the supply chain needs processes to support these enhancements.
Channel Consolidation & Conflict: Back to the Future!
Walter Tobin  
4/13/2015   Post a comment
As much as everything changes, everything still stays the same. The fear and conflict that was once part of ordinary business in the distribution channel has begun to emerge as commonplace in the manufacturing rep community toady.
Putting the Supply Chain First
Donna Fritz  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Why it’s important for mid-market companies to improve their supply chain technology ahead of ERP upgrades.
The Vertical Advantage: CRM & the Electronics Industry
Chanan Greenberg  
4/9/2015   Post a comment
Semiconductor and component makers can capture growth through smart use of CRM.
The NXP-Freescale Merger—A $4 Bllion Giant
Carolyn Mathas  
4/8/2015   Post a comment
The NXP/Freescale merger will create a giant expected to hog the road and market share for automotive systems.
Solving the 5 Biggest IoT Adoption Issues
Cliff Ortmeyer  
4/8/2015   Post a comment
Understanding the barriers to IoT adoption in 2015.
Robots Assemble in Silicon Valley
Rick Merritt  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
The regional First Robotics competition in Silicon Valley drew hundreds of young people pumped up for the program that drives a love for engineering.
Mobile Applications Bring Flexibility for Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
Mobile applications can create more flexibility for supply chain manufacturing businesses.
RFMW Announces Director of Operations – Sales & Product Management
EBN Newswire  
4/6/2015   Post a comment
RFMW, Ltd. announced that Josh Levine has been promoted to the position of Director of Operations - Sales and Product Management.
North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Strengthens
EBN Newswire  
4/6/2015   Post a comment
IPC releases PCB industry results for February 2015.
NATEL & OnCore Manufacturing Announce Merger Agreement
EBN Newswire  
4/6/2015   Post a comment
The merger between NATEL and OnCore will create a new EMS company with an expansive array of capabilities and an expanded manufacturing and technology portfolio to service critical customer needs.
Top 50 Contract Manufacturers Ranked
Peter Clarke  
4/6/2015   Post a comment
A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales.
E-Ink Evolves as a New Supply Chain Handshake
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/3/2015   Post a comment
E-signatures have become a mainstream technology, and are a tool that can potentially provide great time and cost savings in the electronics supply chain.
Safe Supply Chain Destinations: The Geography of Resilience
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/3/2015   (1) comment
In managing risk, where supplier partners and manufacturing plants are located is a key factors. A new report looks at the vulnerabilities of various countries to quantify supply chain resilience around the world.
The Long, Long Wait for a Manufacturing Renaissance
Frank Cavallaro  
3/31/2015   Post a comment
Although a growing number of companies are moving manufacturing back to the United States, it has yet to translate into a significant impact on the overall economy.
FusionOps Raises $12 Million To Accelerate Development & Global Expansion
EBN Newswire  
3/30/2015   Post a comment
New Enterprise Associates leads the funding round for cloud supply chain analytics leader.
5 Things High Tech Firms Know About Managing Projects
Babak Ehteshami  
3/27/2015   Post a comment
A handful of chip companies that carry out project and program management superlatively. Here's what they've learned about winning.
Taking Distribution Operations Communication Beyond Email
Puga Sankara  
3/27/2015   Post a comment
Your distribution center operations team is doing critical work. Email has the potential the slow down, or even bring to a grinding halt, critical tasks.
Solving the Complexity of Demand Management
Ken Fordyce  
3/26/2015   Post a comment
Demand planning can be a difficult and complex undertaking, but it's also critical to the success of the modern supply chain.
Examining the Importance of Macroeconomic Cycles & the Semi Market
Apek Mulay  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has a potentially critical part to play in mitigating the effects of the natural macroeconomic cycles that occur in the United States economy.
Customizing Electronics While Maintaining Profitability
John Boucher  
3/24/2015   Post a comment
Electronics customization is on the rise, but must be done properly in a way that doesn’t destroy profitability.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger
Junko Yoshida  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Material Handling Systems Age Out
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/20/2015   Post a comment
In the average manufacturing facility, there's only one word to describe the materials handling systems being used: old.
TE Connectivity’s Supply Chain Chief Shares Leadership Tips
At the Source  
3/19/2015   (2) comments
To find out how this acceleration in high-tech manufacturing is affecting TE Connectivity’s supply chain planning, we interviewed Jim McDonald, vice president, supply chain for TE Connectivity.
Macroeconomic Cycles & Business Models
Apek Mulay  
3/18/2015   Post a comment
A look at macroeconomic systems offers a lens for the semiconductor industry.
Arrow and Splunk Announce Distribution Agreement
EBN Newswire  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics and Splunk Inc. today announced a distribution agreement for the United States and Canada.
General Microcircuits Earns Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC J-STD-001 & PC-A-610
EBN Newswire  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to General Microcircuits, Inc. (GMI).
Battle for Competitive Difference Fought in the Cloud
Frank Cavallaro  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
As the market keeps growing, an increasing number of global players are wielding cloud-based portfolios to gain a competitive edge.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
John Walko  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
9 Digital Trends Shaping Mobile Design & Innovation
Logical Link  
3/16/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, mobile devices are touching every corner of the ordinary human life. The same trends driving this phenomenon will also touch every corner of the electronics supply chain and many business-to-business interactions.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
Junko Yoshida  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
A Quick & Easy Lean Supply Chain Primer
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
To really make a difference, lean supply chain has to rise above being a buzzword.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Continuous Certifications & Accreditations
Kirk Wehby  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
One of the best ways to determine whether distributor partners are doing enough to avoid counterfeit components is ensuring that partners adhere to best practices and achieve critical certifications.
Supply Chain Scoreboard Mitigates Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
In manufacturing, systems that allow workers to visually see metrics can increase produtivity and reduce waste.
Going the Extra Mile for Last Mile Delivery
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/10/2015   Post a comment
Increasingly, consumers want influence over how and when they get the electronics products they buy. Smart OEMs are tackling this question of how to optimize delivery in the last mile early and often.
Drones in Distribution Centers: Has the Time Arrived?
Puga Sankara  
3/10/2015   Post a comment
Is your distribution center ready to take advantage of drones? The days that drones will be used to move boxes from one end to another may not be far off.
Technology Aids Spend Analysis for OEMs
Daniel Grant  
3/9/2015   Post a comment
Foodservice equipment manufacturing conglomerate Manitowoc Foodservice incorporates into its spend analysis efforts with great benefit. Electorics OEM can take a page from their book.
Getting Management on Board with PR Content Creation
Savvy Tech Marketing  
3/6/2015   Post a comment
Without management support, public relations effors are nothing but hot air.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Rick Merritt  
3/5/2015   (1) comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
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.
Risk Awareness
EBN Poll  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
Whitman School of Management Collaborates with Staples to Analyze Supply Chain Management Opportunities
EBN Newswire  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University is collaborating with Staples, Inc., in the first of its kind relationship to bring innovation and new research to the supply chain field.
Touchdowns are Great in Football but Not in Semiconductors
David Park  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
While touchdowns are widely celebrated in football, a large number of “touchdowns” in semiconductor manufacturing would not be met with the same level of celebration.
Why the Sharing Company Can Count on Success
Frank Cavallaro  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
Peer-to-peer enterprise sharing holds the key to long-term business success for electronics OEMs.
Getting Hands-on Experience in Sustainable Product Design
Pamela Gordon  
3/2/2015   (3) comments
Sometimes the best way to understand design for environment (DfE) best practices is a hands on approach. Join us for the highlights of a recent seminar.
10 Keys to Driving Supply Chain Value
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/2/2015   Post a comment
As the world evolves, the supply chain needs to evolve with it. We're looking at ten areas that can be starting places for new and better ways of doing things.
Tech Fatigue Hits the Mobile Market
Jim O'Reilly  
2/26/2015   Post a comment
Drooping sales for smart phones, tablets, and desktop PCs suggest "technology fatigue" is setting in. What are the facts and implications for electronics OEMs, and can the trend be reversed?
Apple Car: Drive Different
Thomas Claburn  
2/25/2015   Post a comment
Apple is serious about entering the auto market. Here's our less-than-serious take on what the press release might look like announcing this magical vehicle.
Monopoly May Be a High-Tech Electronics Sector Killer
Apek Mulay  
2/25/2015   Post a comment
The high-tech electronics sector can learn a lesson from the oil and gas industry: monopolies can cripple an industry.
Ecommerce, Overseas Manufacturing Contributing to Ocean Port Congestion
Laurie Sullivan  
2/24/2015   (1) comment
The logistics industry is facing major challenges, and the electronics industry is in the line of fallout from recent port slowdowns and outages.
10 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Trends Fueled by IoT
Logical Link  
2/23/2015   (4) comments
The IoT revolution is stretching to touch all sorts of new areas, and the net of that is that electronics manufacturing will never be the same.
High-Tech Wholesale Hot Supply Chain Trend
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/20/2015   (2) comments
E-commerce and wholesale are coming together to ensure that business-to-business buyers get what they need.
Measuring Marcomm Equals Complicated Mathematics
Savvy Tech Marketing  
2/20/2015   (1) comment
It's reasonable to want to measure the effectiveness of the marketing communications efforts at your high tech company. However, actually doing it may be easier said than done.
What's Happening in the European EMS Market?
Logical Link  
2/19/2015   Post a comment
Although no longer the hotbed of opportunity it once was, Eastern Europe is still the choice for some electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies.
GlobalFoundries Teams with IMEC on RF CMOS
Julien Happich  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with nanoelectronics research center IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Brian Dean, General Dynamics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
EBN talks to Brian Dean, purchasing agent at General Dynamics C4 Systems, who was recognized as part of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars recognition program. We want to know what he can tell us about how he sees the industry.
The Audit Supply Chain Professionals Are Not Doing
Logical Link  
2/17/2015   Post a comment
As many audits as go on in the average electronics supply chain, many organizations fail to look at one critical policy: anti-bribery and corruption.
H-1B Overhaul Increases U.S. Dependence on Skilled Foreign Workers
At the Source  
2/16/2015   (4) comments
High tech OEMs are looking for skilled workers from all over the world. New H-1B visa guidelines offer an opportunity to bring in a wealth of new talent.
New Lithium Battery Regs May Stymie Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/12/2015   (2) comments
New Department of Transportation rules around shipping lithium batteries is changing the ways electronics OEMs ship products.
The Information Age & the Shift in Consumerism
Ron Guido  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
Life in general, and business in particular, are all about moving information and doing it quickly. Electronics retailers, distributors, and OEMs need to understand that information shift is happening--and learn to work with it.
IESA Vision Summit Explores Future of India's Electronics Push
Apek Mulay  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
When will India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Vision Summit become an IESA Reality Summit?
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
David Blaza  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Finding Logistics Opportunity Around the Globe
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
A new report from Agility highlights where the best opportunity for growing logistics lie around the world.
What High-Tech PR is Not
Savvy Tech Marketing  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
Confusion abounds in high-tech organization about what public relations really is. Let's shed some light on that topic by exploring what PR isn't.
3D Printing Reshapes Automotive Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
2/4/2015   Post a 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?
A Guide to the Core Components of Supply Chain Management
Ken Fordyce  
2/3/2015   Post a comment
Supply chain planning can be broken down into a hanful of activities. This handy guide offers a quick glance into the basics.
Port Slowdown Costing Manufacturers Millions
Laurie Sullivan  
2/2/2015   (1) comment
While unions and terminal operators go back and forth on contract negotiations and possible solutions to the slowdown, manufacturers are caught in the middle losing millions of dollars, because they're not able to meet their customers' demand.
Writing an Obituary for Electronics Retailers
Jim O'Reilly  
1/29/2015   Post a comment
With Radio Shack on life support and online eating up market share, what can retail electronics chains do to survive?
10 Commandments for Procurement Professionals
Priyanka Potdukhe  
1/28/2015   (3) comments
These ten practices will keep purchasing professionals on the straight and narrow in working to increase the procurement's value to the organization.
Brief Takes: Tech Stories You Should Know About
R. Colin Johnson  
1/28/2015   Post a comment
Here are 5 quick reads to catch you up with the latest technology advancements in the news this week.
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.
Are Your Vendors Villainous or Adding Value?
Drew Smith  
1/27/2015   Post a comment
Trusted partners may be The idea of labeling suppliers in logistics, operations, marketing an adversely impacting a firm through actions that expose the commodity of information through clumsy, inefficient, or obsolete safeguards.
5 Steps to Consolidate your Supply Chain for Mid-Market Expansion
David Riffel  
1/26/2015   Post a comment
Midmarket organizations need to look at a variety of manufacturing and logistics changes that will prepare their supply chain for healthy and sustained growth.
Paragon Software Systems Acquires Majority Share in Axida
EBN Newswire  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
Further Solidifies Paragon’s Leadership into Last Mile & Home Delivery Services
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
Thomas Claburn  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
Congressman Mike Honda Visits Hunter Technology Corp. in California
EBN Newswire  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
Visit Co-hosted by IPC as Part of Continuing Effort to Connect IPC Members with Policymakers
3 Demand Forecast Practices to Make Customers Happy
Bud Schultz  
1/22/2015   Post a comment
Demand forecasting is a matter of implementing the right technology, gathering the right informaiton, and applying it in ways that help customers.
Walmart’s Inventory Struggles Offer Valuable Supply Chain Lesson
Frank Cavallaro  
1/20/2015   (4) comments
Walmart’s search for ways to address excess inventory and empty shelves remind us that resting on past achievements is never an option.
Review: Big Changes in Labeling for OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard
Daniel Levine  
1/16/2015   Post a comment
New chemical labels are goingo to tell us more. Manufacturers, meanwhile, wilil have to follow and adhere to carefully defined standards.
Simple, Clever Tools Ease Teardown and Test
Bill Schweber  
1/15/2015   Post a comment
Expensive electronic test equipment is a bit nice and needed, but there's a joy to seeing clever fixtures and tools that also make test, assembly, and disassembly easier and cleaner.
Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
EBN Dialogue  
1/15/2015   (119) comments
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. EBN will welcome Steve Peterson, research lead for IBM's Institute for Business Value to discuss the survey results and leadership practices in the purchasing C-suite.
5 Principles of Supply Chain Excellence
Susan Fourtané  
1/15/2015   Post a comment
Leading supply chain organizations have long talked about supply chain excellence. In the face of increasing business pressures, here are five tips that help achieve those goals in the real world.
M&A Prediction: IoT Will Continue to Drive Activity in 2015
TechMergers  
1/14/2015   Post a comment
In 2014, a handful of notable acquistions of Internet of Things technology companies. In the coming year, that trend will only continue.
Survey Says: Purchasing Contributes to Competitive Advantage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2015   (2) comments
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.
A Crouching Tiger & Slackening Dragon Teach a Roaring Lion Macroeconomics
Apek Mulay  
1/13/2015   Post a comment
As India tries to capture loyalty from semiconductor makers and other high-tech manufacturers, it should look to the past and lessons learned by China and Ireland when they trod a similar path.
Women Leaders: Tech Companies' Biggest Secret Weapon
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/12/2015   (2) comments
Women CEOs provide signifigant value to the company--but today technology OEMs are less likely to have women at the helm.
5 Biggest Industrial Concerns for the 2015 Supply Chain
Mathieu Guerville  
1/12/2015   Post a comment
In manufacturing facilties worldwide, these will be the hottest topics of conversation around making things better.
IoT: Collaborate or Else, Says Samsung CEO
Junko Yoshida  
1/9/2015   (6) comments
Samsung Electronics CEO BK Yoon, in his keynote at CES, made a passionate pitch to “unlock the infinite possibilities of the Internet of Things,” while suggesting that the industry fall in line behind Samsung’s leadership.
Ericsson Fires LTE Over WiFi Salvo
John Walko  
1/8/2015   (1) comment
Ericsson adds technology to Radio Dot picocells that take advantage of the public 5GHz band with the unlicensed WiFi spectrum.
Esker Acquires CalvaEDI & Strengthens Its Position in Electronic Data Exchange (EDI)
EBN Newswire  
1/7/2015   Post a comment
Esker, a worldwide leader in document process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, announces the acquisition of CalvaEDI
Technology Roadblocks on the Supply Chain Highway
Mathieu Guerville  
1/7/2015   (3) comments
Technology can streamline supply chain activites, but organizations need to clear away the roadblocks.
In Memory of John Haslet Hall, Intersil Co-Founder
Steve Taranovich  
1/6/2015   Post a comment
Quite unnoticed by the electronics industry and without much tribute, John H. Hall passed away on October 30, 2014.




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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!
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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.
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.
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