For over 45 years, EBN has been informing the electronics industry about all things procurement and supply chain related. This year was no different. Readers were most interested in hearing about the happenings at the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the coolest technology implementations and vertical markets, and the latest technology trends.
This year, Samsung’s battery fiasco, Apple’s underestimating demand for the new iPhone, and Amazon’s move into logistics all gave our readers plenty to think about. We looked at the thought leadership about sourcing quality printed circuit boards (PCBs) and the latest news on the ups and downs of Flash memory supplies. And, of course, we looked at the shifting geography in the supply chain, as the cost of manufacturing in China rises quickly. We heard from hard-hitting journalists and industry thought leaders this year.
Take a look at the list below to see the most popular topics and blogs from 2016:
The State of On-Shoring: The Problem of China: China has had a good run as a low-cost manufacturer with decent product quality, but labor costs have risen drastically over the last decade making the country vulnerable to re-sourcing decisions that take into account the logistics costs and risks associated with long pipelines.
Apple Supply Chain Feels iPhone Pain: Slackening demand for Apple’s iconic iPhone is putting pressure on electronics suppliers, while the shortfall in sales growth could also affect component prices.
5 Ways IPS Can Impact Warehouse Operations: Companies that focus on logistics and warehouse management perpetually search for better ways of increasing productivity, cutting costs, and improving safety for both workers and goods.
Let us know what topics you’d like to see next year in the comments section below.
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