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Curing Supply Chain Tunnel Vision
Wade McDaniel  
4/14/2014   (1) comment
Supply chain professionals need to look beyond their own industry to spot important issues that will affect the electronics supply chain.
Pointing the Way to Strong Tech Marketing Plans
Savvy Tech Marketing  
4/4/2014   (6) comments
A technology marketing plan isn't a plan until it has management support, clearly defined agreements, and well-defined goals.
Arrow Electronics Upsizes Asset Securitization Program
EBN Newswire  
3/27/2014   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics has amended its asset securitization program, extending maturity to March 2017 and increasing capacity to $900 million.
Just One Word on the Future of Electronics CMs: Plastics
Tam Harbert  
3/26/2014   (4) comments
Today's US electronics manufacturing service providers are looking for greener pastures, which may leave computer and consumer electronics companys in a difficult position.
4 Risk Management Lessons From the Big Guys
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/24/2014   (5) comments
Midsized organizations face all of the same supply chain risks as their large counterparts. Fortunately, there are lessons to be learned from these giants that can be applied as well.
Analytics: Improve Rather Than Manage Contracts
Revving Revenue  
3/24/2014   (3) comments
Smart contract management can deliver big business value.
Supply Chain Finance: The New Electronics Battlefield
Oliver Belin  
3/20/2014   (2) comments
A clear focus on supply chain finance benefits everyone, both buyer and supplier.
Defining Supply Chain Finance
Oliver Belin  
3/12/2014   (1) comment
Both the electronics industry and supply chain finance sectors are evolving rapidly. There are benefits to be had where the two meet.
What’s Tax Got to Do With It?
Wade McDaniel  
3/10/2014   (4) comments
Staying aware of and up-to-date on country-specific regulatory mandates has become a critical part of being a supply chain professional.
We Won’t Get Fooled Again
Brian Wilken  
2/25/2014   (11) comments
A reported uptick in the global economy is good news, but don't start celebrating quite yet. There's still room for caution.
Live Chat 2/20: Managing the Supply Chain on the Go
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/18/2014   (6) comments
Logistics and supply chain professionals expect and need anytime access to supply chain data—and mobile apps are the gateway to that capability.
Small Savings Reap Big Supply Chain Rewards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2014   (79) comments
The use of electronic signatures can translate into big savings for the supply chain. Better still, it allows OEMs to reduce risk and enhance compliance throughout the supply chain.
Go Beyond Layoffs to Cut Costs
Frank Cavallaro  
1/3/2014   (38) comments
Layoffs are often the go-to move when you need to cut costs, but they are costly. Before you cut bodies, consider cutting elsewhere.
Live Chat 12/18: Supply Chain Trends for 2014
EBN Dialogue  
12/18/2013   (87) comments
We've invited James McGregor, director of supplier management for Newark element14, as our guest as we consider what 2014 might hold for the electronics supply chain. We'll be gathering here at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, December 18.
Get Beyond the Crystal Ball: Leverage Big Data in B2B
Lalit Wadhwa  
12/12/2013   (1) comment
Organizations used to have little real usable direction in making important decisions. However, big data and analytics begin to offer a solution.
Sweden: Europe's Most Innovative Country
Logical Link  
12/10/2013   (39) comments
Innovation -- developing it, using it, and harnessing it to drive economic growth -- has come to the forefront lately as companies and countries try to rebuild after a long, dark recession.
Integration: The Key to Simplified Accrual Rate Calculations
Revving Revenue  
12/4/2013   (6) comments
In every industry, accrual calculation confusion can lead to chaos... but there are ways to make things go more smoothly.
CFOs & Supply Chain Leaders: a Powerful Combination
At the Source  
11/26/2013   (7) comments
An Ernst & Young survey shows that, when CFOs and supply chain leaders form a closer business partnership within a company, they report better results in a number of areas, including the company's financial position.
Tight Inventory Management Pays Off
Suzanne Deffree  
11/25/2013   Post a comment
OEMs are expected to close 2013 with strong revenue growth, thanks in part to tight management of inventory levels.
Semi Manufacturing Spend Informs Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2013   (6) comments
If you take a long view, the future of the semiconductor industry holds some promising signs.
Is It Time to Invest in Your Supply Chain?
Wade McDaniel  
10/1/2013   (5) comments
Even with all of the turmoil in the world, the macro numbers are encouraging. Now could be the time to invest and to make some big innovative changes in supply chain capabilities that will directly help customers.
3 Business Metrics You Should Measure Weekly
Frank Cavallaro  
9/27/2013   (7) comments
Here are the three business metrics you should measure on a weekly basis.
Spotting the Hidden Roadblock of Demand Planning
Revving Revenue  
9/12/2013   (3) comments
Too much product or not enough, it's hard to find a balance. You may need to look to the marketing and sales departments to find out what's truly skewing your forecasts.
Quiet M&A Defines Electronics Supply Chain
TechMergers  
9/11/2013   (3) comments
Although they don't make headlines, there are deals quietly being done in the backbone of the electronics industry.
5 Critical Metrics for Effective Business
Frank Cavallaro  
9/6/2013   (3) comments
Here are five things you can do today so that your business can be better and run better.
Shop Local, a Real-World Business Tale
Frank Cavallaro  
8/30/2013   (17) comments
Looming budget cuts can result in stockpiling. Before you finalize your budget, find out what you really need.
Smart Metrics Increase Profits
Frank Cavallaro  
8/23/2013   (14) comments
Want to increase your profits? Get granular when looking at your financials.
Manufacturers Optimistic About US Economy
Logical Link  
8/8/2013   (13) comments
Manufacturers are upbeat about the US economy, which could have a positive ripple effect further down the electronics supply chain.
M&A in the Distribution Industry Drives Consolidation
TechMergers  
7/22/2013   (8) comments
Avnet continues to dominate mergers and acquisitions in the semiconductor distribution marketplace.
Spying Claims Cast Shadow Over US-EU Trade Talks
Logical Link  
7/16/2013   (13) comments
With spying allegations hanging over US-EU trade talks, long-awaited negotiations could prove a big boost for both sides. If they don't go through, supply chain professionals may add them to the list of risks worth watching.
Managing When Your Eggs Are (Almost) All in One Basket
Frank Cavallaro  
7/15/2013   (25) comments
Do you find that a small handful of clients generate the majority of your revenue? Establishing a culture that not only acknowledges this, but also mitigates potential risks is essential to managing time and resources.
Everything Has a Cost
Gerry Fay  
6/11/2013   (4) comments
Failing to plan may represent the greatest risk of all to the global supply chain.
Grading the Chain: Atmel CEO Steven Laub
Brian Fuller  
4/3/2013   (1) comment
The head of one of the industry's venerable microcontroller companies talks about turning around a battleship and what he wants from the supply chain.
RFID Sparks New Supply Chain Demand
Best-Practices  
4/3/2013   (9) comments
RFID makes it possible not only to increase the quantity and types of products streaming through the supply chain, but also to build higher-level products and services.
The Perils of Cyberwar Rhetoric
Bruce Gain  
3/27/2013   (3) comments
Rattling the sabers more vigorously over alleged Chinese hacking could backfire on US companies.
ST-Ericsson Break-Up Fallout
Logical Link  
3/22/2013   (12) comments
The ST-Ericsson joint venture is dead, but what does it mean for the remaining technology and employees? What happens to the supply chain?
Infographic: Pricing, Inventory & Lead Time in the Electronics Industry
Brian Fuller  
3/21/2013   (6) comments
A graphical look at electronics supply-and-demand trends from 2011 to 2012.
Avnet, Inc. to Acquire RTI Holdings
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2013   Post a comment
Avnet will also acquire the shares of three related entities, RTI Technology China Limited, Eastele Technology China Limited, and DSP Solutions Limited.
Will Huge Patent Award Roil the Supply Chain?
Tam Harbert  
3/11/2013   (3) comments
A billion-dollar patent-infringement award for a major university sends ripples throughout the supply chain.
Supply Chain Accounting 101
Ken Bradley  
3/11/2013   Post a comment
There are two ways to approach accounting: the way that makes sense and the other way.
Conexant Files Chapter 11: Who’s Holding the Bag?
David Blaza  
3/8/2013   (3) comments
Conexant's bankruptcy will ripple up and down the supply chain.
Supply Chain Volatility: The New Norm
Gerry Fay  
3/7/2013   (3) comments
Focusing on the top volatility factors can bring perspective and provide us with an approach and strategy to manage volatility.
Outsourced Manufacturers Struggle With Uncertain Demand
iSuppli EMS, ODM Insights  
3/4/2013   (4) comments
Improved inventory velocity was a key theme for the outsourced manufacturing industry in 2012. Fast forward 12 months, and the hoped-for improvement has not really materialized.
Marketing Is Warfare, Not Number Crunching
Savvy Tech Marketing  
3/4/2013   (3) comments
Spending levels in a marketing campaign's early stages must be adequate to fuel preparation and the launch activities.
Sequestration Impact for the Supply Chain, Part 1
George Karalias  
3/1/2013   (2) comments
Whether sequestration takes effect is almost irrelevant -- budget cuts are coming in 2013. What does it mean for the electronics supply chain?
Crowdfunding Components & Risk Assessment
Brian Fuller  
2/15/2013   (25) comments
Passing the Internet hat for small-v venture money is wonderful in some sectors, but what about electronics?
How to Save Money in Washington? Ask Gibbs
The Sanity Clause  
2/8/2013   (8) comments
If government really wants to reduce the deficit and debts, it could look in some areas where programs are currently being duplicated.
Turmoil in Consumer Electronics Market
At the Source  
2/4/2013   (8) comments
The restructuring of Philips's business and similar actions at some other OEMs point to continuing problems in consumer electronics.
Changes in the OEM World
Logical Link  
2/4/2013   (15) comments
Several OEMs are trying to reengineer their operations for a new future, but there are dangers on the way.
Battle Lines Drawn Between Vendors of PCs & Tablets
Anna Young  
1/31/2013   (30) comments
Tablet shipments are surging while PC sales are falling. For vendors, the battle for survival and dominance has only just started.
Semiconductor Inventory 'Uncomfortably' High
Anna Young  
1/28/2013   (10) comments
Semiconductor inventories rose strongly in the third quarter of 2012, and further increases could trigger a write-down by suppliers in 2013.
Cutting Costs & Getting It Right
Logical Link  
1/28/2013   (11) comments
Here are a few insights that may help you better prepare for this year's round of cost-cutting evaluations.
Intel's Slow Waltz at the Smartphone Dance
At the Source  
1/24/2013   (22) comments
Intel is behind in the market for smartphone chips, whether low- or high-end. Does the company have what it takes to win?
Samsung Snatches Another Apple Crown
Anna Young  
1/24/2013   (15) comments
Samsung was the world's biggest user of semiconductors in 2012, another title the Korean company snatched from rival Apple Inc.
Rethinking Intel's Greatest Asset
Bolaji Ojo  
1/23/2013   (14) comments
Intel is working to liberate itself from challenges in the PC market, but with the size of the investments, failure could be catastrophic.
Finally, a Realistic Assessment of the PC's Future
Anna Young  
1/22/2013   (15) comments
The PC market's evolution will depend on how well vendors and chip suppliers embrace changes inside and outside the sector.
Will 2013 Be the Year of Big-Data?
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/22/2013   (14) comments
Electronics makers are looking to leverage the advantages of big-data in forecasting and demand planning. How successful will they be?
Tablets: Cheap, Cheaper & Cheapest
At the Source  
1/17/2013   (38) comments
Price competition in the tablet PC market shows vendors unable to compete at the top end want to grab share in the second or third tier.
Why I Am Fixated on Cost & Competitiveness
Ken Bradley  
1/16/2013   (7) comments
Tech innovations are disrupting old business models and forcing firms to focus on greater efficiencies, cost, and competitiveness.
The Changing Role of Software in the Supply Chain
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/16/2013   (7) comments
Manufacturers use software and data for varied purposes in supply chain management, but key goals such as visibility remain paramount.
A Private Buyout Won't Cure What Ails Dell
Bolaji Ojo  
1/15/2013   (24) comments
A leveraged buyout by private equity firms won't resolve the problems facing Dell, but it might still go ahead all the same.
Nokia Hit Hard by India Tax Fine
Dr. Cagri Tanriover  
1/14/2013   (16) comments
Nokia is not the only foreign company visited by the Indian tax man recently. But in this case, the penalty will cost Nokia more than just money.
Suppliers Squeezed as Apple Cuts Components Orders
Bolaji Ojo  
1/14/2013   (14) comments
Apple's suppliers are being squeezed after the company slashed components orders due to slower than expected sales of its iPhone 5.
Samsung Becoming the Apple of Our Eye?
Bolaji Ojo  
1/9/2013   (22) comments
Apple is the toast of the industry, but Samsung is now getting as much attention. Who will be the next darling of the supply chain?
Are Spreadsheets Wreaking Havoc on Your Profit?
Revving Revenue  
1/9/2013   (2) comments
If your business uses spreadsheets to track and manage promotions and incentives, it’s time to automate and fill the gap left by existing ERP systems. Look for a solution that automatically tracks milestones and executes payments.
How Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation
At the Source  
1/4/2013   (14) comments
Though companies such as Google and Apple see their fair share of patent assertion entity lawsuits, patent trolls are more likely to target startups.
Manufacturing on a Roll
Bolaji Ojo  
1/2/2013   Post a comment
Global manufacturing stabilized in December, sparking hope 2013 could be better than currently forecast despite weakness in Europe and Japan.
Economic Humpty Dumpty
Bolaji Ojo  
1/2/2013   (9) comments
Congress scaled the "fiscal cliff" while ignoring problems such as the debt ceiling. These other cliffs will imperil the global economy.
2013 Economic Outlook: Hope Mixed With Anxiety
Anna Young  
12/27/2012   (34) comments
What does 2013 hold for the global economy and electronics? There's hope things will get better, mingled with fears about the unknown.
Factoring Oversupply Into Supply Chain Relationships
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/24/2012   (15) comments
The electronics supply chain has been badly burned by excess in the past. The danger remains, despite efforts to contain double ordering.
The Design Is Done: Now What?
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/20/2012   (17) comments
For a successful product launch, other departments and groups must get involved well before the design engineers complete their task.
Reliability Starts With Process Integrity
Best-Practices  
12/19/2012   (23) comments
Reliability starts with reliable people and processes. Many companies don't recognize or pay attention to this basic fact.
Local Manufacturing: Not Too Much to Ask
At the Source  
12/18/2012   (8) comments
US High-tech firms not only need to increase sales and profits but also help ensure the growth of manufacturing jobs in the country.
Will EU Penalties Discourage Price Fixing?
Dr. Cagri Tanriover  
12/17/2012   (6) comments
The EU recently assigned the biggest penalty ever in an antitrust ruling, but it won't help consumers.
$516M Acquisition Positions Belden for Growth Surge
News of the Day  
12/11/2012   (3) comments
A plan to buy PPC for $516 million provides growth opportunities but exposes Belden to competitive pressures.
STMicro Shifts Strategy, Dumps ST-Ericsson
Logical Link  
12/10/2012   (8) comments
STMicroelectronics has announced plans to pull out of ST-Ericsson, the wireless chip joint venture with Ericsson.
Where Are the Chinese Buyers?
Best-Practices  
12/6/2012   (6) comments
China needs to extricate itself from the investment and export-driven growth model, and develop into a consumption-led economy.
Midmarket Deals Dominate M&A in 2012
TechMergers  
12/6/2012   Post a comment
Despite rampant cash-hoarding by companies, 2012 still witnessed many technology M&A activity, especially in the middle market.
Manufacturing Turbulence... Now What?
Logical Link  
12/5/2012   (2) comments
The latest manufacturing reports show divergence in economic regions, further complicating planning and purchasing decisions.
US Gains Edge as China’s Currency Strengthens
At the Source  
12/3/2012   (5) comments
A stronger Chinese currency helps US companies compete on price but also raises the expenses of operating in China.
Chinese Display Suppliers Flex Muscles
Logical Link  
11/30/2012   (5) comments
China's growing position in the display space will force competitors to stay on their toes. How will they fight back?
Africa Beckons, but Is Electronics Ready?
Anna Young  
11/30/2012   (12) comments
A report says the African consumer market is growing rapidly, but most electronics companies don't have a strategy for the continent.
Think Global
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/30/2012   (9) comments
There is no Asian supply chain, or North or South American supply chain: The supply chain is global.
ST Conundrum: Break Up or Tweak?
Bolaji Ojo  
11/29/2012   (6) comments
ST isn't ready yet to break into two separate companies, but it cannot continue with business as usual. Start with getting rid of ST-Ericsson.
Electronics Seen Benefiting as China's GDP Doubles
Anna Young  
11/28/2012   (12) comments
Plans to double China's GDP in 10 years could prove a boon to electronics companies if they are ready for the economic expansion.
Western China Winning More Electronics Business
Logical Link  
11/28/2012   (1) comment
As costs rise in some parts of China, other regions of the country are beginning to look more attractive to electronics companies.
Managing Talent in the Age of the Dragon
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/26/2012   (15) comments
The fight for professional talent by high-tech companies will intensify due to the growing role of China in the supply chain.
HP & Autonomy: Another Bubble, Another Bust
At the Source  
11/26/2012   (17) comments
HP's $8 billion writedown of its Autonomy acquisition indicates it has not found the leadership team to lead it back to prosperity.
2012 Semi Sales Headed for Decline
Mike Cowan  
11/19/2012   (1) comment
The initial forecasts called for a small increase in semiconductor sales this year, but that is looking increasingly unlikely.
Dealing With the China Cost Crater
Best-Practices  
11/15/2012   (23) comments
Lowering costs is one factor that eventually will help Chinese manufacturers outsell local vendors in the TV set-top box market.
So You Think Apple Is Invincible...
Bolaji Ojo  
11/12/2012   (29) comments
If your company appears as dominant as Apple is today, beware how you treat suppliers because no enterprise is invincible or unbeatable.
Stability at Last in DRAM Market?
Tam Harbert  
11/12/2012   (8) comments
The DRAM market is evolving rapidly, and changes in the end markets mean surviving suppliers face a better, more profitable future
China's IT Market: More Room to Grow
Logical Link  
11/6/2012   (12) comments
The Chinese IT market won't grow as torridly as previous expected in 2012, but its potentials remain huge, and 2013 could see more expansion.
Kodak Bankruptcy Ruling: Lessons for Business & Workers
Bolaji Ojo  
11/6/2012   (16) comments
Kodak is shelving many retiree benefits to cut costs, reinforcing the notion that employer and employee objectives aren't always in sync.
Crack Opens in Apple's Tablet Armor
Bolaji Ojo  
11/5/2012   (6) comments
Apple's tablet shipments grew in the third quarter, but its marketshare fell sharply as rivals increased penetration.
Surviving & Thriving in a Downturn, Part 1
Anna Young  
11/2/2012   (4) comments
Want to know what's happening in the electronics industry ahead of the competition? Stay as close to your distributors as possible.
Higher Consumer Confidence May Jolt Electronics Sales
Bolaji Ojo  
11/2/2012   (4) comments
The Electronics market could still close 2012 in better shape if consumer confidence remains upbeat through the end of the year.
Distributors Face Cost Issues Head-On
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/1/2012   (2) comments
Distributors are implementing various strategies to avoid problems posed by efforts at suppliers and OEMs to reduce operating costs.
With Failure Looming, Panasonic Pulls Smartphones in Europe
Logical Link  
11/1/2012   Post a comment
Panasonic's decision to pull out of the smartphone market in Europe points to competitive issues in the industry.
Is There Trouble on the Horizon for Contract Manufacturers?
iSuppli EMS, ODM Insights  
10/31/2012   (6) comments
IHS forecasts the outsourced manufacturing market will still post modest growth in 2012, but the outlook has changed dramatically.




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