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Navigating Headwinds in the Global Supply Chain
Graham Scott  
12/10/2018   Post a comment
Electronics buyers, suppliers. and the customers they serve are facing turbulent times. We need to change along with them or face potential business disruptions.
Not in My Back Office: A Study in Expense Report Fraud
Josephine McCann  
12/7/2018   Post a comment
Organizations can save money by locking down expense report fraud--and some industries have more to worry about than average.
10 Big Supply Chain Shifts for 2019
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/6/2018   (1) comment
As the supply chain moves from being a cost savings to being a strategic differentiator, organizations will shift the way it does supply chain work. Here's a look at IDCs top 10 trends for the supply chain in the coming year.
Factory Activity Rebounds After October Lull
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The news remains good: for more than two years, U.S. manufacturing has been in expansion mode.
Responsive Supply Chains: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Hans Thalbauer  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The secret to an always-on supply chain involves several key technologies every retailer should consider, to achieve a level of care and efficiency that keeps customers coming back.
Procurement & Digitalization: Smart CPOs Blaze a Trail
Marcell Vollmer  
12/4/2018   (1) comment
Ready or not, digitalization is upon us and the procurement department and its leadership has a huge role to play.
Get to the Top-Tier of IoT Security
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2018   Post a comment
More connected devices translate into a massive threat service that hackers can leverage to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other threats.
Supply Chain Hungry for Legal Tool Innovation
Puga Sankara  
11/30/2018   Post a comment
Much in the legal and financial world remains constant, but technology tools can provide ways of doing things in innovative ways.
4 Strategies to Help Consumer OEMs Win the Microbrand Revolution
Madhav Durbha  
11/29/2018   Post a comment
Consumer electroncics OEMs can help ensure success by borrowing strategies successfully leveraged by direct-to-consumer retailers.
Insiders Pose Supply Chain's Biggest Threat
Nitzan Daube  
11/28/2018   Post a comment
The recent report of Chinese hackers infiltrating tech giants Apple and Amazon brought to light the vulnerabilities on the production line and in the global supply chain.
Fires, Floods, Earthquakes: Manage Disruptions with an AI-Enabled Business Network
Mark Morley  
11/27/2018   Post a comment
Natural disasters can upend the supply chain, but the right technology tools can help.
4 Simple Steps that Eliminate Retail & e-Commerce Delivery Anxiety
John Nadvornik  
11/26/2018   Post a comment
Removing delivery anxiety, your single largest obstacle to converting orders, can result in an up to 20% increase in sales, happier customers, fewer calls to customer support, and an optimized delivery network.
Black Friday Promises Good Things for Electronics OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/23/2018   (1) comment
Electronics are a popular purchases on Black Friday--here's a look at some of the statistics behind the holiday.
Reducing Emissions & Costs in the Electronics Supply Chain
Stephen Petit  
11/21/2018   (2) comments
Here are three steps electronics manufacturers and their transportation providers are using a range of strategies and data-driven tools to improve the way they manage emissions across the supply chain.
6 Content Marketing Trends for the Supply Chain in 2019
Frank Cavallaro  
11/20/2018   (1) comment
Here are six content marketing trends for 2019 for the supply chain and logistics industries.
Espionage, Trade Secrets & Antitrust Violations: A Real-Life DRAM Drama Unfolds
Eric Kennedy  
11/19/2018   (1) comment
The international commercial battle lines are being drawn with Micron and Jinhua acting as reluctant proxies for their respective nations in the escalating DRAM drama.
Expect Accountability from Supply Chain Operators & Partners
Puga Sankara  
11/16/2018   (1) comment
A recent wedding trip made me think about some one of the biggest complexities of moving products around the supply chain.
25 Graduate Supply Chain Programs That Lead the Pack
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/15/2018   (1) comment
More and more graduate programs are on hand for those who want to continue their supply chain education or gain new skills at a graduate level. Here's a list of the best of the best.
EBN@C-Level: Crowdsource Phenom Partners for Supply Chain Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/13/2018   Post a comment
Crowdfunding electronics hardware often run aground in the move from idea to manufactured products. We sat down with one successful entrepreneur to find out the secret to success.
Unwrap the Perfect Supply Chain Gift
Gary M. Barraco  
11/12/2018   Post a comment
Disruptive technologies, increasing trade regulations, and the breakneck speed of customer demand are pushing companies to rethink their processes and technology for the holidays and beyond.
Supply Chain Extends as AI & ML Enable Predictive Maintenance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/9/2018   (1) comment
OEMs aren't quite ready to abandon their traditional break fix model for equipment, but end users are pushing hard for servitization so the shift is on the horizon.
U.S. Product Demand & Manufacturing Expansion Hit Downward Spiral
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/7/2018   Post a comment
Trade tensions, transportation shortages, and decreased demand dogged U.S. manufacturers as domestic factory dipped for the sixth straight month . in a row, according to the PMI Index.
Social Messaging Platforms: Why Your Supply Chain Company Needs to Pay Attention
Frank Cavallaro  
11/6/2018   Post a comment
The increasing popularity of social messaging platforms means your business needs to consider how to incorporate them into marketing strategy.
A Dynamic Duo: Building an Integrated Sales & Operations Planning Process
Amit Sikka  
11/5/2018   (2) comments
By taking an integrated sales and operations planning approach, companies can improve their financials, optimize the total product cost and minimize supply risks.
Supply Chain Blockchain Builds Transparency & Trust
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/2/2018   (2) comments
Blockchain benefits to supply chain are clear: transparency, security, traceability and more. Here's a look at the current state of the technology.
8 Questions to Quickly Assess Your Company's Costing System's Effectiveness
Raef Lawson  
11/1/2018   (1) comment
Most companies employ costing systems that fail to provide the information needed for effective decision making. Use this quick assessment tool to assess the adequacy of your company’s costing system.
How Reverse Logistics Helps Organizations Gear Up Servitization
Charles Rathmann  
10/31/2018   Post a comment
As more and more North American manufacturers realize revenue from servitization and end-of-life management, streamlining the aftermarket service value chain is quickly becoming a focus area to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Product-oriented organizations can no longer afford to neglect reverse logistics in this process—their next software investment will need to ensure profitable returns, an enhanced customer experience and regulatory compliance.
E-Commerce Platforms: Are You Ready for the Cross-Border Tax Catastrophe?
Amy Morgan  
10/30/2018   (1) comment
A developing challenge around cross-border selling tax and duty compliance threatens to unleash a catastrophe of lost business driven by disgruntled sellers.
Software Supply Chain Risk Management: Enabling Resilience in National Critical Infrastructure
Joe Jarzombek  
10/29/2018   (1) comment
Organizations expanding the use of network-connectable devices need comprehensive software security initiatives to address weaknesses resulting from technological vulnerabilities and a lack of “cyber hygiene” (lack of caution) among those who develop and use software applications and software-reliant IoT devices.
Ownership Is Everything: The Data Integrous System of Record
Puga Sankara  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Data integrity is key to success. Here's a look at how to think about the topic.
Brace for a Wave of Change in 2019: Procurement & Supply Chain Challenges
Vishal Patel  
10/25/2018   (1) comment
As we dive into this maelstrom of change in an effort to prepare for the year ahead, it is helpful to pick out some major trends that electronics manufacturers should incorporate into their strategic planning.
TE Connectivity Pushes the Envelope of Direct Online Sales
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/24/2018   Post a comment
TE Connectivity launched its TE Store to connect with a large population of global users that want to deal directly with them.
Oracle Extends Blockchain Offerings with Track & Trace, Transparency
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/23/2018   Post a comment
Oracle introduces blockchain applications aimed at enhancing traceability and transparency throughout the value chain.
When to Use an In-House Calculation Engine for Supply Chain Planning
Yu Liang  
10/22/2018   (5) comments
Take a look at best practices and some considerations of when to invest in an in-house engine before you make a choice.
Supply Chain Innovation Continues, But Slowly
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/19/2018   (1) comment
Organizations are optimistic about the promise of supply chain technology but implementation and adoption are slow.
25 Best Undergrad Supply Chain University Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/18/2018   Post a comment
Gartner compiled a list of the best and brightest programs for undergraduate supply chain studies.
Automate Accounts Receivable to Pay Faster & Make Customers Happy
Steve Smith  
10/17/2018   (2) comments
The electronics industry is all about getting paid, but the accounts payable process is complex. Automation avoids a lot of the headaches.
Why Inbound Marketing Is a Better Supply Chain Strategy Than Outbound
Frank Cavallaro  
10/16/2018   Post a comment
An inbound marketing strategy is better than outbound marketing for supply chain companies.
Unlock IIoT Value Through Service Assurance in Manufacturing Plants
Eileen Haggerty  
10/15/2018   Post a comment
With manufacturing so heavily reliant on IT service delivery, and the coordination of the entire process from production through sales and service to billing, it’s crucial that the availability of these services is assured through IIoT.
Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/12/2018   (4) comments
Emerging technologies such as digital authentication are creating tools that are up to the task of safeguarding against fraudsters hoping to cash in with counterfeit components.
Master Electronics Offers OEMs Tariff Relief
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Distributor Master Electronics is trying to address the tariff challenge facing OEMs a little differently: Master has made itself a self-described tariff free zone.
Setting Up for Success: 4 Vital Metrics for Digital Transformation
Earl van As  
10/10/2018   (2) comments
Digitization requires businesses to pre-empt disruption and build transformation into their business model using good metrics in order to stay ahead.
OEMs Should Care: Looking at Aftermarket Engagement
Vivek Joshi  
10/9/2018   Post a comment
OEMs can boost revenues in big ways by generating continuing business after a customer makes a purchase.
Shortages & Price Hikes Leave Supply Chain in Disarray
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/8/2018   Post a comment
Despite expansion in the electronics industry, the headwinds of tariffs, component shortages and price hikes, are leaving the supply chain in disarray.
IoT of Octoberfest: Beer Company Toasts Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
A small brewing company can teach electronics OEMs a lesson about blockchain.
The Benefits of Environment-Controlled Logistics for Product Integrity
Paul Washicko  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
All transportation modes present environmental risks to shipments and the electronics industry is particular prone to this type of damage. Here's how technology can help.
How OEMs Can Regain Control of Their Cash Conversion Cycle
Dennis Menefee  
10/3/2018   Post a comment
In a market defined by ever-extending payment terms, OEMs need to concentrate on where their cash conversion cycle can be crunched the most to save working capital.
Augmented Reality Enables Next-Level Supply Chain Visualization
Mark Morley  
10/2/2018   (1) comment
Today IoT, AI, drones, 3D printing, blockchain, and augmented reality (AR) are all jostling for the attention of CIO budgets. Let’s see how augmented reality could impact tomorrow’s supply chains.
6 Ways Automation Solutions Streamline Electronics Supply Chains
Steve Smith  
10/1/2018   Post a comment
Automation solutions essentially streamline supply chain operations, making them more efficient, faster, and less costly.
Case in Point: Real Insights from an IoT Pilot in a Distribution Center
Puga Sankara  
9/28/2018   Post a comment
An IoT deployment in a distribution center can teach everybody some good lessons.
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