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Why Blockchain for the Supply Chain
Pratik Soni  
6/25/2018   Post a comment
Blockchain technology, which has transformed the financial technology industry, can help break down data silos to create complete transparency and data flow between every point in the supply chain. Blockchain can help drive visibility, trust, and accountability among everyone in the value chain.
Sustainability Clauses: CSR in Contracts Yields Mixed But Promising Results
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/22/2018   Post a comment
New regulations and increasing pressure regarding sustainability make it crucial for businesses to demonstrate due diligence on environmental, social and ethical risks. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)1 requirements in contracts are a good place to start.
A PCB Supplier's Inspection Protocol Does More Than Minimize Escapes
Michael Allen  
6/20/2018   Post a comment
Suppliers using simple pass/fail inspection on your circuit board assemblies are missing an opportunity for data-driven problem solving and process improvement.
Semi OEMs: Don't Follow the Money When Building Customer Service Models
Mike Neunfinger  
6/20/2018   (2) comments
Despite pressure to choose a centralized or regional consumer service model, semiconductor OEMs may find that a blend of the two will serve customers best in the long run.
The Subscription Model & What it Means for Manufacturing
Gary Brooks  
6/19/2018   (2) comments
Manufacturers can get ready, no matter the industry and vertical they serve, to successfully meet the demands of subscription model, but they need to start now.
How IoT, AI, & Blockchain Empower Tomorrow's Autonomous Supply Chain
Mark Morley  
6/18/2018   Post a comment
Taken together, IoT, AI, and blockchain have the power to completely revolutionize the process via the first truly ‘autonomous’ supply chain.
Supply Chain Wages Beat Business Averages
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/15/2018   Post a comment
If the numbers on a pay stub is a key driver for people when picking a profession (and by all accounts it is), supply chain management is ripe for attracting the best and brightest workers.
4 Ways IoT Transforms the Electronics Supply Chain
Rob Stevens  
6/14/2018   Post a comment
IoT technologies are bringing a new level of visibility to the electronics supply chain, enabling manufacturers to reduce waste, improve the customer experience, and optimize from end to end.
Skills Adoption Prepares Logistics Employees for Autonomous Transportation
Robert O’Dwyer  
6/13/2018   (1) comment
Autonomous transportation will help logistics pros acquire new skills.
Tariffs Create Supply Chain Ripple Effect
Rajesh Kalidindi  
6/12/2018   (1) comment
Tariffs and trade wars are likely to impact the supply chain. OEMs must adopt a proactive approach to assess supply risk and optimize accordingly.
Macroeconomics & Short-Termism Influence Supply Chain
Apek Mulay  
6/10/2018   (2) comments
Financial reporting burdens may make CEOs a little myopic, but reducing the burden of reporting and stemming the flow of information isn't the answer.
Embrace Entrepreneurial Thinking
Puga Sankara  
6/8/2018   Post a comment
Big corporate thinking can get you only so far. Entrepreneurial thinking can take you to the next level.
Great Post-Sales Experience Creates Differentiation
Simon Bhadra  
6/7/2018   (1) comment
Industrial buyers now expect a higher level of service with the products they buy--and thats factoring in with which suppliers they choose.
U.S. Manufacturing Expanding, So Why So Nervous?
Barbara Jorgensen  
6/6/2018   (1) comment
Despite growth in domestic manufacturing, tariffs are making U.S. manufacturers nervous and are already impacting imports, exports, and prices.
9 Ways Additive Manufacturing Shifts Supply Chain
Rush LaSelle  
6/5/2018   Post a comment
Additive manufacturing is changing the way OEMs work and the supply chain must evolve along with it in a bunch of ways.
Automation Software Improves EDI in Electronics
Dan Reeve  
6/4/2018   Post a comment
Automated order processing software can help alleviate many of the problems stemming from EDI exceptions.
Component Shortages Exacerbate Counterfeit Worries
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/1/2018   (1) comment
Components of all sorts, from passives to semiconductors, have lately been in short supply, which has OEMs worried. Worse, as manufacturers scramble to meet deadlines and demands the problem of counterfeit components is becoming more problematic than before.
Electrocomponents Regroups for Round 2
Bolaji Ojo  
6/1/2018   Post a comment
With sales and profits growing steadily and its first acquisition in 19 years in the works, U.K. distributor moves into phase 2 of its performance improvement plan.
User Engagement & the Bottom Line: 6 Ways Enterprise Software Benefits Both
Katherine James  
5/31/2018   Post a comment
Here are six trends enterprise software must tap into if organizations want to drive revenue and keep supply chain employees engaged.
Save 20 Days of Inventory by Rescheduling Back-Orders
Adrien Sandrini  
5/30/2018   (1) comment
The most efficient way to reduce inventory is to properly filter client demand. However, taking supply constraints into account in the highly volatile electronic components market is a big challenge. Here's a quick and easy way to do it.
Component Shortages May Stifle EMS, OEM Growth
Barbara Jorgensen  
5/29/2018   (1) comment
OEMs and electronic manufacturing services providers (EMS) are concerned their growth for 2018 could be hindered by their ability to get parts.
Labeling & Artwork Management: A Convergence on the Rise
Josh Roffman  
5/28/2018   Post a comment
Significant efficiencies and cost savings can be found when adopting a single, unified approach to deal with customer, product, regulatory and regional complexities that impact both labeling and artwork management – whether it is on traditional packaging, online or in the supply chain.
Supply Chain Apps: Integration Made Sexy
Nathan Brown  
5/25/2018   Post a comment
By considering features and neglecting integration, supply chain pros may turn their supply chain tech party into a nightmare.
5 Reasons You Need a WMS Instead of ERP
Eric Allais  
5/24/2018   Post a comment
Distributors, retailers, and other organizations that rely heavily on warehouses or distribution centers to drive success are usually not well-served by standalone ERPs. Let's explore why.
Are the Robots Winning?
Frank Cavallaro  
5/23/2018   Post a comment
Automation is a wonderful boon...or a terrible sign of destruction. Let's sort out the truth in all the confusion.
Arrow: From Top Distributor to Enabler of All Things High-Tech
Bolaji Ojo  
5/22/2018   Post a comment
Arrow CEO Michael Long wants his company wants to be more than a distributor, but a solutions and technology platform offering data, design, engineering, product development, software, supply chain and other services.
10 Ways X-Ray Can Help Identify Counterfeit Parts
Bill Cardoso  
5/22/2018   Post a comment
Visual inspection is no longer enough as counterfeit electronic components get more sophisticated. X-ray provides an affordable and effective way to dig a little deeper into the authenticity of parts.
Half Year in Review: 5 Supply Chain Fulfillment Predictions for Mid-2018
Andrew Atkinson  
5/21/2018   Post a comment
We've done our best to identify the top five supply chain fulfillment trends for the rest of the year to help retailers and e-commerce vendors can prepared to get out ahead of them.
Cyberattacks, Global Conflict, Fire & Killer Storms Top Worldwide Resilience Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/18/2018   Post a comment
Weather events and fires are always top of mind. Now, however, cyber risks and global politics are taking center stage in terms of challenging organizational resilience, the 2018 FM Global Resilience Index found.
Ford Production Woes Teach Supply Chain Lessons
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/17/2018   (1) comment
Ford has hit the headlines lately as a factory fire shut down the manufacturing line of its best-selling truck. The unfortunate incident offers a good reminder about the tenuous nature of even the best supply chain.
The Benefits of Automated Workflows in the Supply Chain
Adam Becker  
5/17/2018   Post a comment
Flexibility, standardization, personalization, and automation are all part of building a beneficial automated workflow.
Exploring the IoT Reality of Unconnected Things
Vivek Joshi  
5/16/2018   Post a comment
It’s been the year-of-IOT for a few years now. Have we not arrived yet?
Digital Strategy: Data Drives Agility
Joanne Moretti  
5/15/2018   Post a comment
The reality of the digital revolution is that it is making companies more agile. But first they have to figure out that path to digitization.
Oracle AI Cloud App Promises Smart Manufacturing Capabilities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/14/2018   Post a comment
Oracle launches new manufacturing app for intelligent decision making to increase yields and enhance production efficiency.
Winning the Smile of the User
Puga Sankara  
5/11/2018   Post a comment
Good technology implementations take time, but it's worth the effort.
Cost-Cutting Tip: Retain Great Supply Chain Employees
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/11/2018   Post a comment
Employee retention should be top of mind for smart supply chain managers, both for practical and financial reasons.
20 High-Tech Companies Leading the Charge to Good
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/10/2018   Post a comment
A variety of high-tech and electronics related organizations claimed a spot on the list of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies. These companies know that ethics and compliance efforts hit the bottom line.
Field Service USA 2018 Highlights Service Supply Chain
Gary Brooks  
5/9/2018   (1) comment
The Field Service USA event brought out some great insights about how electronics OEMs can extend their supply chain efforts into the service supply chain.
Supply Chain Execs Predict Growth Through 2018 - With a Few Headwinds
Barbara Jorgensen  
5/8/2018   Post a comment
The good news is that procurement managers are expecting growth in US manufacturing, but on the down side supply chain disruptions are part of the picture too.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Elizabeth Richter, Flex
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/8/2018   Post a comment
Elizabeth Richter, who is currently serving as chief of staff for the chief procurement and supply chain officer at contract manufacturer Flex, describes her current job as “supply chain heaven.” We decided to find out why.
Questions to Ask When Considering a Digital Document Solution
Adam Becker  
5/7/2018   Post a comment
When considering a digital document solutionm, it's important to think the decision through. Will it help your team’s productivity? How will it help accuracy and impact overall business goals?
GDPR Preparation & Compliance Limited
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/4/2018   (2) comments
On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in the European Union (EU), but most organizations aren't ready.
4 Best Practices to Support Direct Materials Sourcing with Technology
Vishal Patel  
5/3/2018   Post a comment
Modern sourcing solutions can improve buyer decision making and decrease cycle time.
Enforce Spend Compliance Smartly & Ensure Savings
Shalaka Desai  
5/3/2018   Post a comment
Spend compliance, when intuitively embedded into every step of the procurement process, can translate into significant savings for the organization.
ISM Reports Continued Manufacturing Growth
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/2/2018   Post a comment
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Report on Business for April reported expansion, both for the manufacturing sector and the overall economy.
Automotive Semiconductors Open Stellar Opportunities
Susan Fourtané  
5/2/2018   Post a comment
New mobility trends are diversifying demand for automotive semiconductors opening new opportunities for semiconductor companies.
e-Commerce Shoppers Demand More
Louis DeJianne  
5/1/2018   Post a comment
A new report from UPS suggests that the expectations of online shoppers continue to grow evolve.
European eCall Regulation Now in Effect
Pablo Valerio  
4/30/2018   Post a comment
The European eCall regulation, which mandates all new vehicles be equipped with GPS and cellular automated emergency calling system, poses a significant challenge to the connected car industry and its supply chain.
Top Manufacturing Companies: Revenue per Employee
Tim Young  
4/27/2018   Post a comment
Good metrics produce truth. Look at revenue per employee and predict teh future of your company.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Conor Quarry, IBM
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/27/2018   (1) comment
We sat down with Conor Quarry, winner of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars recognition program to get his thoughts on the evolving role of analytics in the supply chain as well as to find out more about his thoughts on the modern supply chain and the career potential of the supply chain field.
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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.