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Cisco Reaches for New Sustainability Goal
Ariella Brown  
9/22/2016   Post a comment
Cisco has it's eyes on a big goal: controlling not just its own ecological footprint but also that of its suppliers.
BJG Electronics, Inc. and Rockwood Equity Partners Announce Investment Partnership
EBN Newswire  
9/16/2016   Post a comment
Electronics Industry Veteran Glenn Davidson Named Executive Chairman of BJG
IoT 3 in 1 Tape Measure Get Crowdfunding Love
R. Colin Johnson  
9/9/2016   Post a comment
All-in-one functionality credited for popularity of “Bagel”
Avnet Looks to Leave Behind ERP Woes, Improve Topline and Operations
Gary Hilson  
8/10/2016   Post a comment
Interim CEO Bill Amelio said the company is well positioned to address challenges, pivot where necessary, and stay on as leader
More peak seasons increase supply chain pressures
Gary Hilson  
8/4/2016   (3) comments
The last mile remains the final frontier when it comes to squeezing out latency as delivery expectations rise
3 Ways to Supercharge Operational Performance
Malysa O'Connor  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
To sustain profitability in the supply chain, it’s imperative to implement processes designed to meet the needs of your customers.
Understanding the Growing Rift between Procurement & Marketing
Somdipto Ghosh  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
The reason for discomfort (and hence the debate) between procurement and marketing arises due to a lack of understanding of each other’s roles.
Environmental Compliance: Streamlining the Regulatory Process for Manufacturers
Chuck Cimalore  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Manufacturers must comply with a multitude of regulations that can have a major impact on their business processes and success. Good practices are key to success.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
Junko Yoshida  
5/16/2016   (1) comment
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
3 Keys to Controlling Quality in Offshore Electronics Manufacturing
Thomas Smiley  
5/12/2016   (1) comment
In dealing with electronics offshoring, customers often feel that they can't control product quality. However, you do have more control than you might think.
Electronics Rep Association Goes in New Directions
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/20/2016   (1) comment
After eighty years in existence, the Electronics Representative Association (ERA) is working to make itself more relevant to our quickly changing industry.
Big Gap Between Manufacturing Numbers & GDP Growth
B. Cameron Gain  
4/20/2016   Post a comment
For supply chain-related segments of the economy, including transportation and manufacturing, all is not rosy despite promising GDP figures.
Why Operationally Excellent Companies Manage Their Channels on a Sell-Through Basis
Sanjoy Chatterji  
3/17/2016   Post a comment
Increasingly, companies that emphasize operational excellence are managing their channel on a “sell-through” basis, even if they continue to use sell-in for accounting purposes.
The Value of the Mexican Peso vs. the U.S. Dollar
Scott Stanley  
3/15/2016   (2) comments
Learn more about the current value of the Mexican Peso and what it means for electronics manufacturers conducting business in Mexico.
Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Supply Chain Warnings in its Wake
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/8/2016   Post a comment
The recent earthquake in Taiwan offers a conversation starter for global electronics OEMs who are hoping to leverage the event as a cautionary tale for risk planning.
BT's New Tool Measures Supply Chain Sustainability
Pablo Valerio  
2/22/2016   Post a comment
A new tool from British Telecomm is aimed at helping the organization's suppliers to measure their sustainable practices. The company's focus on innovation in circular economy sets a bar for the industry.
On-Premise vs. SaaS vs. PaaS: Choose the Right e-Commerce Strategy
Rich Landa  
2/18/2016   Post a comment
2016 is a vital “do or die” stage for B2B companies looking to get ahead with e-commerce. Choosing the right path is critical.
Watson XPrize Worth $5 Million
R. Colin Johnson  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
IBM and XPrize will sponsor a Cognitive Computing Competition with a $5 million purse to be announced at TED2016.
Supply Chain in Flex Presents Major Challenges for OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/15/2016   Post a comment
Risk continues to increase with the complexity of the supply chain. Unfortunately, many organizations don't have the technology, systems or people in place to effectively manage it, a new survey found.
EBN@C-Level: Admiral Dennis Blair Talks About Supply Chains, Security & Cyber Threats
Pamela Passman  
2/15/2016   Post a comment
Admiral Dennis Blair shares insights into the impacts of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and rising cyber threats for American and Japanese companies and their supply chain partners.
Critiquing the Macroeconomics of the ITRS More Than Moore Approach
Apek Mulay  
2/12/2016   Post a comment
Moore's Law isn't dead yet. Industry plans to move beyond it are premature.
Going Global: 6 Tips for Conquering the World
John Boucher  
2/9/2016   Post a comment
No two countries are alike. If global expansion is on your horizon, there are the six key areas to focus on.
America II Adds Nine Franchise Lines
EBN Newswire  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Global Distributor Continues to Grow its Supply Chain
Counting the High Cost of Doing Nothing
Frank Cavallaro  
1/26/2016   Post a comment
Many companies mistakenly believe holding off on investments equals saving money when, in fact, it can become a costly strategy down the line.
The Importance of On-Time Payment in the Supply Chain
Mark Medlen  
12/21/2015   Post a comment
If you want to win friends and influence people, there’s no better way than paying your bills on time, or even a little early. We’ve all learned a lot about being a good vendor, but what about being a good customer? What makes us stand out with our suppliers and get more of their attention when we need it?
FinTech Companies Add Supply Chain Financing
Logical Link  
12/20/2015   Post a comment
Supply chain financing is winning attention and becoming part of FinTech companies’ portfolio of services.
Fed Rate Hike Impacts Semiconductor Industry
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
The recent federal interest rate hike represents an important moment in the U.S. economy—and for the electronics industry.
Apple Buys Wafer Fab in San Jose
Peter Clarke  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has bought a wafer fab in North First Street, San Jose, Calif. from analog and mixed-signal chip vendor Maxim Integrated Products Inc., according to a Silicon Valley Business Journal report.
From Counterfeit Electronics to Clones: You Can't Afford to Ignore Them
Mitchell Miller  
11/3/2015   Post a comment
Cloned parts can pass industry-standard visual package inspection but they aren't up to the rigorous quality standards of the original part. That's a big problem.
Chief Procurement Officer: 10 Lessons on Leadership
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/14/2015   Post a comment
The role of the chief procurement officer is evolving quickly and taking a strategic position within the organization. Leading procurement pros weigh in on what the new world of the CPO looks like.
Why Out-of-Stock Inventory May Kill Electronic Businesses this Holiday Season
Kurt Cavano  
10/5/2015   (1) comment
The holiday season could mean a sales boon for OEMs, but they'll only be able to cash in by delivering the right experience to customers.
Taking a Deep Dive on Denied Party Screening
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/2/2015   Post a comment
Denied party screening is challenging, but critical to compliance.
Shorten Your Cash-to-Cash Cycle to Unlock Supply Chain Value
Erik Diks  
9/21/2015   Post a comment
If cash is king, why is working capital so often locked up in high-value inventory or locked up in accounts receivable? We explore the roles of supply chain finance and working capital reduction programs in freeing up working capital.
Optimal+ Raises $42 Million Growth Round Led by KKR
EBN Newswire  
9/15/2015   Post a comment
KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced that it is leading a $42 million growth equity investment in Optimal+, a big data analytics company that provides highly actionable insights to the semiconductor industry.
Capturing Sweet Success in S&OP
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/28/2015   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs talk a good game when it comes to sales and operations planning but implementing can be challenging. However, improvements are are both possible and profitable.
How Natural Language Processing Can Improve Spend Analytics
Sushil Sharma  
7/16/2015   Post a comment
Natural language processing (NLP) can be used for a lot more than spam filtering. It helps organizatoins understand their spending in real time,
5 Steps to Prepare for an Ethics Breach
Jimmy Lin  
7/2/2015   Post a comment
Any organization is likely to face a breach of ethics, but careful pre-planning can mitigate risk.
Motorola Solutions Employees Back U.S. Trade Legislation
EBN Newswire  
6/10/2015   Post a comment
More than 1,000 U.S. employees sign letters backing Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.
Labels: Your Passport to Your Global Marketplace
Deborah Grant  
6/10/2015   Post a comment
Labeling has a key place in the search for higher quality that is a hallmark of the electronics manufacturing industry.
Getting Beyond the Buzz: Analytics and S&OP
Ken Fordyce  
5/14/2015   Post a comment
More than just a buzz word, analytics can be a critical part of sales and operations planning--and can be a real boon to the supply chain.
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.
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.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
PrimeRevenue, Singapore-Based ApexPeak Forge Global Partnership in Supply Chain Finance
EBN Newswire  
12/4/2014   Post a comment
PrimeRevenue Inc. has signed a strategic partnership with ApexPeak, a specialized financier based in Singapore.
Supply Chain Management Primer: The Financial Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/20/2014   Post a comment
Organizations may overlook the financial supply chain when doing a supply chain overhaul. Fully integrated financials, though are critical to good SCM.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
EBN Dialogue  
11/12/2014   (134) comments
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.
US Manufacturing Revival: Smoke & Mirrors or Something Real?
Logical Link  
10/14/2014   (5) comments
There have been glimmers of good news for the US electronics manufacturing sector. The real question remains: How will the year end up?
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
Junko Yoshida  
10/10/2014   (19) comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Semiwiki Bloggers Misinformed About Foundry Business
Apek Mulay  
10/8/2014   (28) comments
The fabless foundry model, which may make economic sense for many semiconductor manufacturers, may have negative ramifications for the US economy.
Taking the Doom Out of the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Frank Cavallaro  
9/30/2014   (2) comments
For all the doom and gloom surrounding the supply chain talent shortage, there has hardly been a better time to be a college graduate or self-motivated professional in this industry.
Investing in European Electronics
Logical Link  
9/15/2014   (1) comment
The European Union is pushing to build a presence in world electronics. It's a start, but more innovation and effort are still needed.
Avnet, Inc. Announces Plans for Avnet Technology Solutions Leadership Transition
EBN Newswire  
9/8/2014   Post a comment
Avnet Technology Solutions Global President Phil Gallagher intends to step down from his current role
Currency in the Future of the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/19/2014   (21) comments
Bitcoin and possible future virtual currencies have the potential to make global supply chain transactions easier.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 6
Apek Mulay  
8/13/2014   (1) comment
Semiwiki writers weigh in with their thoughts on the future of the semiconductor industry.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 5
Apek Mulay  
8/6/2014   (3) comments
The level of competition is on the rise, but there's little consensus on the best way to proceed.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 2
Apek Mulay  
7/18/2014   (5) comments
Semiconductor leaders speak to the future of the semiconductor industry, calling for collaboration and innovation.
Why HP, Dell, EMC, and Oracle Are Transforming Channels
Revving Revenue  
7/14/2014   (1) comment
Some major players are making major changes to their channel strategies. Here are five reasons why that is happening.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 1
Apek Mulay  
7/9/2014   (10) comments
We're looking at what leaders at top semiconductor industry veterans see on the horizon for the industry -- and discussing it with a macro-economic lens.
Penske Logistics Presents CSCMP State of Logistics Report
Latest Research  
6/26/2014   (1) comment
Presented by Penske: U.S. Supply chain and logistics industry continues slow rebound led by rail and trucking.
Alibaba's IPO, AmazonSupply & the Supply Chain Connection
Logical Link  
6/16/2014   (37) comments
Any big business moves are likely to affect the connected supply chain. Let's look at how recent happenings at Alibaba and Amazon are likely to shake things up.
Physics, Not Economics, Will End Moore's Law
Apek Mulay  
6/11/2014   (20) comments
Too often, the semiconductor industry talks about technology evolution, but economic evolution may be the key to success.
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 Supply Chain Top 25 Is Getting Boring
Kevin O’Marah  
6/2/2014   (2) comments
Thought leader Kevin O'Marah takes Gartner to task over its Top 25 Supply Chain list. It's time to shake things up.
CNC Machinist Skills Gap Speaks Volumes About US Manufacturing
At the Source  
5/30/2014   (7) comments
The pool of CNC operators is scarce, and demand is on the rise. It's time for industry and educators to team up and fill the gap.
Busting Common Channel Incentive Management Myths, Part 2
Revving Revenue  
5/21/2014   (7) comments
Every company talks about managing revenue, and some think they are doing fine. Often, however, there are unforeseen problems.
Deal Negotiation: How Chip Makers Can Regain Control of Their Margins
Chanan Greenberg  
5/19/2014   (13) comments
OEMs are always looking for semiconductors that provide more performance and lower prices. Semiconductor makers need to learn better negotiation.
Raw Materials Shortfalls Create Strategic Challenges
Logical Link  
5/19/2014   (9) comments
Supply chain pros keep a close eye on pricing and availability of natural resources as a way of controlling costs and avoiding manufacturing challenges.
Guess What? Advanced Supply Chain Capabilities Improve Company Financials
Logical Link  
5/15/2014   (2) comments
Supply chain leaders know that advanced supply chain capabilities directly impact the organization's bottom line.
Busting Common Channel Incentive Management Myths, Part 1
Revving Revenue  
5/13/2014   (2) comments
High-tech organizations haven't evolved their revenue management strategies to keep up with the times. They have their reasons… but most of them don't really make sense.
Keeping Europe Competitive: Bring Back the Factories
Logical Link  
4/30/2014   (5) comments
On-shoring and re-shoring aren't buzzwords just in the US. Increasingly, European OEMs are looking at bringing manufacturing back to home shores.
4 Steps to Successful Sales & Operations Planning
Michael Schmitt  
4/22/2014   (7) comments
Achieving collaborative sales and operations planning takes effort, but the rewards are huge.
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   (16) 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   (3) 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   (94) 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.




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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.