All work and no play make Jack and Jill dull kids, as the old saying goes.
So, to that end, I'm introducing a diversion into our EBN community this week: A monthly caption contest designed to test your wit and creativity and help us all work a different hemisphere in our brains.
Try your hand at writing a caption for the picture below in the comments field. Extra points if your caption plays off one of our core subjects in the supply chain.
At the end of each month, we'll select five finalists and put them to a vote. Winner gets a $20 gift card and everlasting fame upon the wall of great EBN caption writers.
February caption contest photo
(Note, if you have an offbeat picture you want to be considered for one of the contests, I'd love to see it. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the photo attached.)
OK, let's get started with the photo above. This will be an abbreviated contest since we're starting mid-month, so caption early and caption often!
Yeah, 'ol Bob spent his severance pay, retirement and sold his car attempting to corner the market on antique sewing machine futures. He got a great deal on watehouse space and loves running daily inventory checks. Stuff's not moving quite as fast as he'd hoped.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.