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The Dollars & Sense of Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/15/2014   (7) comments
For some organizations, onshoring can make real financial sense. Here's why.
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.
Exploring the Synergy of Automation & Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/8/2014   (4) comments
Automation has played a significant role in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Here's why.
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.
Semis & Supply Chain: Chip CEO Points to Disconnects
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/3/2014   (6) comments
Supply chain practices may be linked to slowing growth in the semiconductor industry. Steve Sanghi, CEO of Microchip, weighs in.
10 Compelling Factors Driving Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/2/2014   (8) comments
There are at least ten reasons for manufacturers to bring manufacturing closer to home.
It’s Time for Better Systems in the Yard
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/31/2014   (4) 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.
Digital Signage Lets Supply Chain Eye the Horizon
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/28/2014   (2) comments
Digital signage helps manufacturers inspire workers and increase productivity.
Live Chat 3/27: Finding the Procurement and Technology Sweet Spot
EBN Dialogue  
3/27/2014   (130) comments
Increasingly, choosing the right software and technology tools is critical to empowering procurement to realize strategic advantages. We've invited Richard Waugh, vice president, corporate development at Zycus, to talk about the company's recently released Pulse of Procurement study and to share his thoughts on technology's place in the supply chain. We'll be meeting at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, March 27.
The Talent Pinch
Avnet Velocity Digital Edition  
Velocity Digital Edition January 2014
PLC: How Does Your Company Stack Up?
Change in the Chain  
3/13/2014   (2) comments
Product lifecycle management, from design to end of life, is especially critical to success in the high-tech industry. It's time to close the gaps in your PLM activities.
Riding the AGV Trend
Frank Cavallaro  
3/11/2014   (16) comments
A new generation of AGVs is here. These new machines are going to make a big difference in distribution.
Customer-Centricity Takes Top Spot for High-Tech Supply Chain Principles
Change in the Chain  
3/5/2014   (20) comments
Customer service is becoming a huge differentiator in the quick-moving electronics world. That's certainly going to impact the supply chain.
Working the Kinks Out of Decentralized Product Development
Lynn Torrel  
3/3/2014   (7) comments
When meeting domestic demand in emerging economies, OEMs must maintain integrity between the engineering and new product introduction disciplines among their regional operations.
Nearshoring Still Searching for Adoption
Change in the Chain  
2/26/2014   (3) comments
As much as we talk about nearshoring as an idea whose time has come, most organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
Live Chat 2/20: Building a Real-Time Mobile Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
2/20/2014   (118) comments
The reality of the global supply chain demands always-on data access. Increasingly, leading-edge organizations are working to add mobile apps to manage the supply chain. We've invited Tyler Ziemann, head of growth at mobile supply chain software vendor Elementum, and Tom Linton, chief procurement officer at contract manufacturer Flextronics, to talk about the benefits and realities of building a real-time mobile supply chain.
Shale Gas Creates Domino Effect
Logical Link  
2/19/2014   (11) comments
The shale gas boom is getting plenty of coverage, and it's critical that supply chain managers start tuning in.
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.
Open Sesame: Alibaba Enters US Market
Wade McDaniel  
2/17/2014   (7) comments
11Main.com is lingering in the shadows of the e-commerce marketplace, but this consumer site will likely make a splash in the supply chain world.
Plotting Next Steps for Optimizing Intermodal Shipping
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/12/2014   (19) comments
In order to really transform the supply chain, intermodal logistics levels need to reach the next level.
Segmentation Enables Supply Chain Trifecta: Lower Cost, Higher Revenue & Greater Flexibility
Lynn Torrel  
2/3/2014   (2) comments
Inbound supply chain segmentation may be the next logical step on the journey toward supply chain excellence.
What Does Alibaba's Huge Supply Play Mean?
Marc Herman  
1/30/2014   (9) comments
Alibabi's logistics plans have gotten a lot of attention as a business deal, but it's time to consider what it means for the supply chain.
Supply Chain & Risk Management Go Together Like Peas & Carrots
Robert Cowan  
1/27/2014   (16) comments
Supply chain managers are juggling a lot, so risk is all in a day's work.
Supply Chain: Both Nimble & Lean
Jim O'Reilly  
1/20/2014   (7) comments
With onshoring, customer centricity, and shorter pipelines, Lean is no longer enough. "Nimble" is the next buzzword.
Shift Happens: Thoughts on Industry Change
Suzanne Deffree  
1/15/2014   (14) comments
Margins, ship and debit, counterfeiting, and executive changeover should be considered as we all plan for a successful 2014.
Saving the USPS
Jim O'Reilly  
12/24/2013   (22) comments
The solution lies in embracing the technological challenges and reinventing the mission.
Delivery by Drone: Logistics Helper or Hype?
Jim O'Reilly  
12/18/2013   (54) comments
Technology can do wonderful things, but will drones solve the last-10-miles problem of product delivery?
Shutdown Grazes Tech Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
11/21/2013   (4) comments
The federal government shutdown didn't bring business to a halt, but business did get grazed, and, as always, there will be an impact in the electronics supply chain.
Component Supply May Be Moto PhoneBlok's Achilles Heel
Marc Herman  
11/14/2013   (11) comments
Motorola's "PhoneBlok" modular concept could be the next evolution of mobile. But where will they get the "bloks"?
Expanding What It Means to Be a Supply Chain Leader
Suzanne Deffree  
11/13/2013   (14) comments
What do companies like Amazon.com, Costco, and Kraft have in common with Avnet? According to Gartner, these companies are among the world's supply chain leaders.
Avnet Velocity’s McDaniel Presenting at Logistics & Supply Chain Forum
EBN Newswire  
10/21/2013   Post a comment
Avnet Velocity’s Wade McDaniel will discuss strategies for effective supply chain risk management at The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum 2013
Decentralize to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Apek Mulay  
10/11/2013   (11) comments
In today's world, the model of the decentralized supply chain has much to offer in terms of efficiency and outcome.
India Enters Wafer Production Game
Marc Herman  
9/25/2013   (36) comments
The rocky road to fabs in India may be smoothing out -- and that promises to create an interesting new dynamic in the marketplace.
Predictive Analytics Takes Its Place in the Electronics Supply Chain
Peter Buxbaum  
9/17/2013   (6) comments
A new class of products is emerging to aid in supply chain management that applies predictive analytics to help forecast shortages; overstock of electronic components; and optimize manufacturing, sourcing, and logistics processes.
APICS Investigates Supply Chain Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/10/2013   (1) comment
APICs new research foundation has partnered with Michigan State University to examine what capabilities will be key in the supply chain of the future.
Looking Ahead
EBN Poll  
9/9/2013   (5) comments
Getting More for Less out of Your Logistics Operations
Gerry Fay  
9/4/2013   (6) comments
Although costs are rising in the supply chain, smart logistics professionals can fight the trend with good practices.
The First 3 Steps to a Mobile Supply Chain
Laurie Sullivan  
8/13/2013   (13) comments
The ability to make changes to your supply chain from a mobile device will prove invaluable. Here are three important considerations to help secure the mobile app between your company's enterprise platform and your supplier's.
Bringing Omnichannel Experience to Electronics Customers
Change in the Chain  
8/7/2013   (7) comments
Shoppers are searching for an omnichannel experience. Electronics OEMs need to consider that in their reverse logistics planning.
Tables Turning in Shipper/Carrier Relationship
Gerry Fay  
8/6/2013   (5) comments
It is more critical than ever that today's shipping customers make a concerted effort to be good customers.
Tricky Move: Changing Your EDI Provider
Scott Koegler  
7/30/2013   (26) comments
You don't want to be held hostage by your EDI provider. Here's a look at the possible pitfalls when making a switch.
Sometimes the Best Way Forward Is Reverse
Marc Herman  
7/23/2013   (18) comments
Ten years ago, the electronics industry only dabbled in reverse logistics. That's changing.
Logistics: One Size Does Not Fit All
Gerry Fay  
7/12/2013   (16) comments
With any new venture, organizations must do their due diligence before committing to set up shop in emerging markets.
5 Potential Pitfalls in International Reverse Logistics
Frank Cavallaro  
7/12/2013   (4) comments
Your organization has just received an international reverse logistics contract. How do you minimize company and client risk when your reverse logistics service offering crosses borders?
US Tech Investments Are Only Skin Deep
At the Source  
7/11/2013   (13) comments
The decision by Motorola Mobility to open a US factory belies the fact that other OEMs don’t see the US as an attractive manufacturing hub.
OASIS PPS: Plan, Schedule & Collaborate
Judith M. Myerson  
7/10/2013   (5) comments
The PPS, an open-source framework, offers a standard for collaborative planning and scheduling between manufacturing industries.
Warehousing Ops: Don't Forget the Data
Scott Koegler  
7/5/2013   (10) comments
Third-party logistics providers can provide key operations services. The key to success is ensuring these partners provide critical real-time data.
Reduce Lead Times & Slash Inventories
Peter Buxbaum  
7/3/2013   (6) comments
Cutting systemic lead time out of the electronics supply chain can drastically reduce inventories.
Mobile Heath Tests Supply Chain Fitness
Logical Link  
7/2/2013   (7) comments
Fitness enthusiasts are embracing wearable and mobile health devices. Now, the supply chain better start training what promises to be a surge in the mHealth industry.
New China Train System Aims at IT Supply Chains
Marc Herman  
6/28/2013   (22) comments
China is on track to have a new train system, which may be good news for the semiconductor industry there.
Pursue Innovation, Reject Novelty
Logical Link  
6/27/2013   (50) comments
Companies need some structure for developing innovative supply chain ideas, not just implementing them.
Tweak the Supply Chain From Your Phone
Laurie Sullivan  
6/25/2013   (36) comments
The smartphone is a stellar tool for many supply chain tasks.
Apple Preps Supply Chain for Battle Ahead
At the Source  
6/24/2013   (35) comments
With new products about to be launched, Apple’s latest strategy shifts reveal the company’s concern over its supply chain.
The Supply Chain After the Disaster
Logical Link  
6/24/2013   (14) comments
A look at how the electronics supply chain recovers components damaged by disaster.
A One-Country Supply Chain Won’t Work
Peter Buxbaum  
6/20/2013   (12) comments
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs says it wants to develop on in-country integrated mobile handset supply chain. Not such a good idea.
Vietnam Stymied by Ongoing Port Headache
Marc Herman  
6/18/2013   (7) comments
Asia's transportation revolution was supposed to change how you do business in 10 years. How's it going?
Smartphones Keep Getting Smarter & Your Supply Chain Should, Too
Logical Link  
6/12/2013   (16) comments
As smartphone OSs become a key enabler, a shift from hardware design to software development will put different pressures on the supply chain.
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.
Ensuring Components Meet Your Needs
Ken Bradley  
5/31/2013   (3) comments
In the supply chain hierarchy of needs, certification assurance indicates the supplier’s product will meet regulatory standards, perform as expected, and be available when you need it.
New Ships Can Carry 22,000 Containers
5/30/2013   (21) comments
Increasing carrying capacity with giant oceangoing freighters can reduce shipping cost per 20-foot container by as much as 40 percent.
CPOs Find Analytics Improve Margins
Laurie Sullivan  
5/30/2013   (12) comments
Organizations using data analysis and internal collaboration techniques report wider profit margins than those that don’t.
Software to Keep Your Shipments on Time
Sohaib Masood  
5/29/2013   (24) comments
Transportation management systems can help your electronics shipping plan on schedule, or come up with Plan B when things go wrong.
Backlogs May Be the New Normal
Logical Link  
5/28/2013   (11) comments
Recent events in Korea and China suggest that parts shortages may be part of a new normal for smartphone manufacturers.
How to Overcome the 4 C's in Global Technology Shipping
Change in the Chain  
5/23/2013   (7) comments
Mitigating unnecessary costs, protecting high-value products, navigating customs processes, and ensuring end-to-end visibility across the supply chain are all key challenges of international shipping.
Sending Parts From China to Europe? Try the Trans-Siberian Railway
Logical Link  
5/17/2013   (30) comments
When it comes to shipping supplies from China to Europe, trains might be the most cost-effective way companies have available to them. DHL is looking to jump on that bandwagon.
What’s 'at the Heart of It All' for FedEx
Gerry Fay  
5/10/2013   (6) comments
In North America, the electronics supply chain relies heavily on ground shipping. Avnet's Gerry Fay interviews Dave Kevern, vice president, World-Wide Services at Federal Express to get insights.
Infographic: Traceability Issues in the Supply Chain
Brian Fuller  
5/3/2013   (2) comments
Research highlights concerns, challenges, and plans to overcome the challenges inherent in managing recall processes in the supply chain.
New Survey Reveals Persistent Supply Chain Problems
At the Source  
5/3/2013   Post a comment
While some parts of the high-tech supply chain network can be improved by implementing policies and procedures, other parts of the network are beyond the control of even the most skilled supply chain executive.
Mexican Drug Lord's Supply Chain Leadership
Brian Fuller  
5/2/2013   (3) comments
We can learn a lot about supply chain best-practices from a narco dealer with a global network.
Infographic: Supply Chain's RFID Advantage
Brian Fuller  
4/30/2013   (6) comments
RFID will become an enabling technology across a number of industries.
Infographic: The Real Cost of Trucking
Brian Fuller  
4/22/2013   (32) comments
Tires and fuel are obviously big cost contributors in the trucking business -- coffee factors in as well.
Industrial Semi: Turnkey Services Smooth Uncharted Waters
Supply Chain Intelligence  
4/19/2013   (2) comments
As semiconductor penetration increases, it is worthwhile to stop and recognize that not all industrial clients may have the same familiarity with electronics industry best-practices.
The FedEx-UPS Duopoly
Brian Fuller  
4/19/2013   (5) comments
The two biggest ground shippers in North America raise prices seemingly annually, which can hurt small to midsized components companies that can't absorb or pass on the increases.
Supply Chain Management Lessons From the Civil War
Brian Fuller  
4/17/2013   (1) comment
How do you build a national army almost from scratch and almost overnight? Ask Montgomery Meigs.
US Infrastructure Gets Failing Grade
At the Source  
4/17/2013   (12) comments
Civil engineers give US transportation infrastructure embarrassingly poor grades. We've got work ahead of us.
Europe-Asia Rail Link: One Step Closer?
Logical Link  
4/16/2013   (8) comments
A uniform rail regime would take many years to assemble but could eventually present a cost-effective alternative to cargo planes and ships.
Get Supply Chain Analytics on Your Roadmap
Lalit Wadhwa  
4/12/2013   (1) comment
Technology plays a critical role in assimilating large and complex data sets from upstream and downstream members of the value chain, analyzing it and modeling it to optimize the supply chain.
Games, Grandkids & the Supply Chain
4/10/2013   (11) comments
Games can teach kids a lot about life; so too can we learn about the supply chain from them.
Time to Think About Korean Contingencies
Peter Buxbaum  
4/9/2013   (12) comments
If North Korea attacks the south, electronics supply chains are going to feel the hit.
Next Step in Responsible Procurement: IDEA-QMS-9090
The Big IDEA  
4/5/2013   (1) comment
How do you create solid procurement solutions? Start with standards and build on them.
Pandemics' Lessons for Supply Chain
Gerry Fay  
4/4/2013   (2) comments
Being vigilant and planning for the mitigation of likely risk scenarios allows us to all improve our outcomes.
Infographic: Conflict Minerals Impact
Brian Fuller  
4/4/2013   (2) comments
As the clock ticks on SEC reporting requirements on conflict minerals, here's a look at 3TG on a global scale.
Insourcing's Boom
Brian Fuller  
4/3/2013   (4) comments
Heavy manufacturing is coming back on shore by letting people imagine how they would eliminate their own jobs.
RFID Sparks New Supply Chain Demand
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.
4 Toughest Supply Chain Issues & How to Solve Them
Revving Revenue  
4/1/2013   Post a comment
Even the most sophisticated supply chain operation won't help manufacturers anticipate demand. Surprised? You shouldn't be.
Double Supply Chain Punch: Managing Outsourced Logistics, M&A Activity
Logical Link  
4/1/2013   Post a comment
The complexity of logistics management is well known; now factor in a merger, and things get really interesting.
Infographic: Managing a Global Workforce
Brian Fuller  
4/1/2013   Post a comment
The more engaged your employees and partners are, the better the productivity, but most aren't that highly engaged. How do we fix that?
Making the Right Transportation Modal Decision
Wade McDaniel  
3/29/2013   (11) comments
Truck or rail? Air or sea? The mode of transport can offer competitive advantage for organizations to increase profit margins through carefully optimizing their mode selection.
Increasing Costs, Complexity Afflict High-Tech Supply Chain
At the Source  
3/28/2013   (6) comments
Great tools and technologies are constraining executives' ability to design effective supply networks.
Infographic: How to Improve Supply Chain Management
Brian Fuller  
3/28/2013   (4) comments
The next big thing in supply-chain optimization is wireless.
Buyer Beware: Identifying Types of Counterfeit Components
Steve Martin  
3/27/2013   (1) comment
The responsibility for identifying counterfeit parts falls on the buyer, so forewarned is forearmed.
Purchasing Best-Practices for Tough Times
Ken Bradley  
3/25/2013   Post a comment
Companies in these times often cut programs outright or use staffing tactics that hurt essential practices. It doesn't have to be that way.
How to Do On-Shoring Right
Brian Fuller  
3/25/2013   (7) comments
When you play in the surveillance-camera market, it pays to offshore your electronics manufacturing... unless you're an up-and-coming Canadian firm.
Government's Supply Chain Management: Legislate It
Logical Link  
3/21/2013   (3) comments
New multinational trade agreements show how serious governments are getting about the supply chain.
DropTag: A Logistics Dream Come True
3/20/2013   (1) comment
It's been almost impossible to pinpoint product damage during shipment – until now.
Arrow Establishes IT Asset Disposition and Reverse Logistics Presence in Brazil
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2013   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW) announced the opening of a new facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Infographic: Supply Chain Leadership's Consequences
Brian Fuller  
3/19/2013   (9) comments
Supply chain leaders garner more revenue and higher profits than followers or laggards, according to a survey.
Electronics Demand Forecasting Blind Side
Brian Fuller  
3/15/2013   (7) comments
Are you satisfied with your company's forecasting capabilities? Apparently not.
Infographic: Japan Earthquake, 2 Years On
Brian Fuller  
3/14/2013   (6) comments
The 2011 Japan earthquake had enormous and immediate supply-chain consequences. What's it look like two years later?
Houston, We Have a Supply Chain Problem
3/11/2013   (4) comments
How can you describe danger in the supply chain? One word: VACUUM.

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