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Huawei Suppliers Enjoy Three Months of Breathing Room
Brian Santo  
5/22/2019   Post a comment
The US Commerce Department has issued temporary license that will enable them to keep selling parts to Huawei through Aug. 20.
Are You Outgrowing Your Barcode Labeling Software?
Josh Roffman  
5/21/2019   Post a comment
Enterprise labeling plays an important role in the digital transformation by creating new efficiencies both throughout the enterprise and within global supply chains by empowering companies to deal with the nuances of today’s complex labeling requirements and regulations.
Supply Chain Pros Report High Job Satisfaction & Stability, Improved Gender Pay Parity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/20/2019   Post a comment
The supply chain profession boasts competitive salary levels and big benefits, including high job satisfaction.
3 Must-Knows as Servitization Arrives
Gary Brooks  
5/17/2019   Post a comment
Servitization is a new norm. Here are three key things OEMs need to do as they shift to a servitization-centered business model
21 High-Tech Companies Proving Good Ethics is Good Business
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/16/2019   Post a comment
Good ethical practices makes for good business. In this year's list of World's Most Ethical Companies, high-tech organizations distinguished themselves.
Every Link is Vital: Avoid Age Discrimination in Supply Chain
Bennett Glace  
5/15/2019   Post a comment
IBM’s recent legal troubles have thrown age discrimination into the headlines once again. With both an influx and exodus of talent throughout Procurement, it’s never been more important for organizations to eliminate biases and foster cross-generational collaboration. IBM provides an effective case study in how not to empower millennials or prepare procurement for its next strategic era.
Here's Why Supply Chain Companies Need to Try Live Video
Frank Cavallaro  
5/14/2019   Post a comment
Live video streaming offers businesses a cost-effective strategy for engaging with and appealing to today’s buyers.
ISM Semiannual Forecast Promises Revenue & Production Capacity Lifts
Gina Roos  
5/13/2019   Post a comment
Business growth looks good in 2019, according to ISM’s Spring 2019 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Rising revenues are hopeful despite tariff woes.
Getting Engaged in the Era of Experiential Retail
Puga Sankara  
5/10/2019   Post a comment
Robots may be the future of manufacturing and supply chain, but that may make space for a new breed of people in retail.
Component Shortages Continue to Abound
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/10/2019   Post a comment
Components of many types remain in short supply. However, there are a few bright notes in the dark cloud.
Cyber Insurance Comes to High-Tech Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2019   (1) comment
Manufacturing industry experiences second-highest number of cyber attacks, but companies are not adequately prepared to prevent and protect against damages. Cyber insurance may be a good investment.
Component Allocation: The Underrated Role of the Broker
Adrien Sandrini  
5/8/2019   Post a comment
In a variety of ways, independent distributors regulate prices during component allocation.
April Manufacturing Shows Soft Demand & Trade Slowdowns
Barbara Jorgensen  
5/7/2019   Post a comment
The manufacturing industry continues to grow but both trade indices fell into contraction territory for the first time in two years. Manufacturing executives point to the U.S./Mexico border, tariffs, and Brexit as potential long-term concerns.
Welcome to the Era of the Cyber Supply Chain
Vijay Chauhan  
5/6/2019   Post a comment
Hackers are taking aim at the supply chain but there are things electronics OEMs can do to foil the enemy.
Information Management Done Right: Why SIM is Integral to Global Supply Chain Management
Vishal Patel  
5/3/2019   (1) comment
. Supply chain information management (SIM) offers a rich set of supplier data collection, validation and management services across an entire organization.
3 Ways to Get More Value from Box Build Services
Michael Allen  
5/2/2019   Post a comment
When sourcing box build services, evaluate your suppliers' assembly tools and methods .
How Technology Can Connect the Global Supply Chain
Dheeraj Kohli  
5/1/2019   Post a comment
That lack of visibility and control continues throughout the supply chain. Technology can help add knowledge.
Component Shortages Improving, But Not Over
Barbara Jorgensen  
4/30/2019   Post a comment
Following two years of severe component shortages, demand is weakening, and inventories are too high
Nanotechnology & the Combat Against Counterfeit Goods
Scott Fletcher  
4/29/2019   Post a comment
In 2018, counterfeit goods counted for more than 3% of global trade. With no signs of it slowing down, the U.S. government is trying to take matters into its own hands. However, companies don’t need to wait for guidelines on how to combat pirated goods. Implementing IoT and smart label technologies will allow organizations to track their assets through the supply chain and ensure consumers are buying authentic products.
Happy World IP Day!
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/26/2019   Post a comment
April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day. Let's celebrate.
Managing Global Risk as Trade Policies Fluctuate: SRM Solutions Explained
Steve Treagust  
4/25/2019   (1) comment
Purchasing is central to most business processes, so software applications that can address the entire purchasing value chain and integrate tightly with other vital areas of a business are a real business asset. Such software can reduce non-value-added work, provide real-time insights and enable a company to have greater operational agility in relationships with suppliers.
How the Supply Chain Can Prepare for Changes to the Amazon Marketplace
Tammy Moyer  
4/23/2019   (1) comment
A scenario where Amazon shifts how it interacts with its various suppliers and retailers is quite possible--and one that will demand supply chain agility.
"Earth Day" Mentality Here to Stay
Richard Howells  
4/22/2019   Post a comment
As climate change issues continue to dominate political and social conversations, it is important that “sustainability” becomes more than just a corporate buzzword, especially for the global electronics supply chain.
Put Quality in the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
4/19/2019   Post a comment
Applying the right quality systems and metrics is critical to success in the distribution center.
Getting Smart about Artificial Intelligence
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/19/2019   Post a comment
Artificial intelligence (AI) promises huge benefits for manufacturing but almost every business is looking at ways to leverage the technology.
Worker Shortages Plague EU Electronics OEMs
Barbara Jorgensen  
4/18/2019   Post a comment
The European Union (EU) fears its workforce will be stressed as electronics employment grows.
Racecars & Printers: My Week at the Additive Manufacturers User Group
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
4/17/2019   Post a comment
I am a fan of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. I’ve been following this sector for years, watching it develop from a hobbyist tool to a prototype solution, and now to a fully-fledged industrial technology. These developments are due, in no small part, to the companies now participating in the sector that range from small startups to large printer and consumables brands. Earlier this month, I attended the Additive Manufacturers User Group in Chicago, to see the latest and greatest from this fast-moving industry.
Shrinking Inventories Create Supply Chain Pitfalls
Glenn Hitchcock  
4/16/2019   (1) comment
The current concerns about tariffs and the prospect of a weaker macro environment suggests the trend continues to be to drive inventories lower and, in our opinion, too low in some areas. Shortages may become the norm as the year progresses.
Improve Your Decision Making with Better Models
Raef Lawson  
4/15/2019   (1) comment
Companies can improve their decision-making by employing managerial costing models, models that reflect the operations, processes and consumption of resources by the organization.
7 Charts Map Automation & Manufacturing Outlook
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/11/2019   (1) comment
Is automation killing manufacturing or giving it new life? These charts look at the impact from a variety of angles.
Efficient & Effective Warehousing Leads to a Successful Supply Chain
Megan R. Nichols  
4/11/2019   (1) comment
To illustrate the difference between effective and ineffective warehousing, consider two contrasting examples.
Lots of Zeroes: Basic Guidelines to Managing Intermittent Demand
Ken Fordyce  
4/10/2019   Post a comment
By understanding the basics of intermittent demand, and following a few guidelines, it’s possible to manage the issue of shifting demand.
Chatbots: No Longer Just a Buyer Buzzword
Frank Cavallaro  
4/9/2019   Post a comment
Chatbots are a must-have lead generation and customer service tool for supply chain businesses in 2019.
Artificial Intelligence & X-Ray Vision are Superpowers
Bill Cardoso  
4/8/2019   Post a comment
We believe that AI, when combined with other technologies, can be more than a game changer and can result in superpowers.
Current State of Blockchain & Supply Chain: Promising but Challenging
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/5/2019   Post a comment
If the industry gets it right, blockchain has the potential to be a real asset for the supply chain. However, we're not there yet.
U.S. Factory Activity Gains Ground in March
Barbara Jorgensen  
4/4/2019   Post a comment
The nation’s leading manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, reports that manufacturing activity continues to rebound in March.
Sourcing Center Stage: 10 Major Moments from Spark 2019
Alex Yakubovich  
4/2/2019   Post a comment
The recent Spark 2019 brought together thought leaders on procurement and sourcing from a variety of industries. This slideshow captures some of the best thoughts from the show.
Tariffs: More Than a Political Strategy
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/1/2019   Post a comment
Although considered an astute political strategy, tariffs cause business headaches for electronics OEMs, as well as component makers, contract manufacturers, and distributors.
Brexit Delayed is Still Brexit
Mark Shanley  
3/28/2019   Post a comment
UK manufacturers should make full use of any Brexit delays to mitigate supply risks.
Supply Chain Roundtable: Better Data Drives Better Decisions
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/27/2019   Post a comment
The statement “Better data drives better decisions” may seem simple, but the analogy of “bad data in bad data out” has never been truer, or more significant. After all, we are not looking to collect data for its own sake, we are looking to collect and use data to derive better outcomes.
How OEM Leaders Leverage Culture to Improve Their Brand
Hank Ostholthoff  
3/26/2019   Post a comment
In the world of OEMs, brand and culture are beyond important to the process because a lot of relationships are integrated. Today, it only takes one bad review or relationship, or even an employee posting on social media that could mar your brand.
Top 7 Tips & Tricks to Improve Inventory Management
Megan R. Nichols  
3/25/2019   Post a comment
In a market of increasing competition, it is necessary to facilitate the optimized management of inventory and goods. Let's look at some of the basic best practices.
Chinese Smart Phones Capture Android Market
Puga Sankara  
3/22/2019   Post a comment
As the smart phone market evolves, Chinese phone makers are taking the lead and fast charging is fast becoming the norm. That's good news for the supply chain.
Critical Manufacturing Mantra: Location, Location, Location
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2019   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs need to think carefully about factory relocations. Done well, they offer a number of benefits.
FedEx Partners with Kamen to Deliver AI
Rick Merritt  
3/21/2019   (1) comment
The engineer behind the Segway and First Robotics Competition discusses his team’s current work for FedEx on a delivery robot using neural networks.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Data & the Supply Chain
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/21/2019   (1) comment
Reliable data is the lifeblood of the supply chain for OEMs hoping to manage material shortages in a volatile network.
3 Key Shifts Changing Business for Product Innovators
Antony John  
3/20/2019   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs are increasing the pace of innovation to survive and prosper in the face of customer demands for greater performance at a lower price, increased global competition, and more stringent regulatory requirements. New product development has to evolve as well.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence & Manufacturing
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
It’s hard to imagine a technology likely to have more impact in 2019 than artificial intelligence (AI). It was the talk of the show at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) at the start of January and the debate continued later that month at APEX in San Diego.
Oracle Enhances Cloud SCM Suite with Collaboration & AI Intelligence
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/19/2019   Post a comment
Oracle has upgraded its cloud-based supply chain management and enterprise resource planning offerings by enhancing artificial intelligence and collaboration capabilities.
EBN@C-Level: A Window into Contract Manufacturing in Europe
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/18/2019   Post a comment
We sat down with Bruno Racault, president and CEO at ALL Circuits, a contract manufacturer based in France to find out more about his organization and trends in the electronic manufacturing services sector.
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