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Extreme Weather & the Domestic Supply Chain
Joe Lazzerini  
6/25/2019   (1) comment
For U.S. supply chains, the upcoming hurricane season should be a key consideration in risk planning.
Use On-Demand Warehousing to Overcome Trade Conflicts
Patrick Cadic  
6/24/2019   Post a comment
With potentially more trade disruptions on the horizon, on-demand warehousing can provide an avenue for companies to navigate these obstacles without overburdening themselves or exhausting their capital.
E-Commerce Integration Cloud Platform Focuses on Seamless Ecosystems
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2019   (3) comments
New Cleo Integration Cloud Platform release helps organizations optimize the order-to-cash process to drive increased value across their external and internal ecosystems for unified commerce and trading partner transactions.
Distributors Need to Retool for Relevancy with Millennials
Brooke Yamini  
6/20/2019   Post a comment
Traditional industrial suppliers are losing market share as millennial buyers bring new expectations to the purchasing business. But there’s hope for the venerable sales channel yet. With work, established distributors and wholesalers can begin their journey back to the center of the procurement process.
What's the Scoop: More on Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
6/20/2019   Post a comment
The tariff chaos continues and everyone's speculating on how it will affect their business. We asked a couple of EMS companies to weigh in.
Chip Security Emerges a Hot Topic in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/19/2019   Post a comment
As more electronics devices are connected and hence hackable, OEMs are having to bring good security practices, designs, and devices into their products as soon as possible.
High-Tech Distributors Grapple with Security & Privacy in the Digital Age
Barbara Jorgensen  
6/18/2019   Post a comment
In the midst of the digital revolution, the stakes for electronics distributors trying to safeguard the privacy and security of customers is constantly on the rise.
Sitting at the Crossroads of Cybersecurity & Privacy
Pamela Passman  
6/17/2019   Post a comment
The combination of the headline worthy data breaches and new privacy legislation have put data protection and privacy on the top of the agenda for electronics OEMs.
Global Uncertainty Puts Resiliency in Focus
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/14/2019   Post a comment
The 2019 FM Global Resilience Index ranks 130 countries based on risk profile, a useful exercise for risk assessment needed for solid supply chain planning.
Huawei Block May Make U.S. Stumble
Dylan McGrath  
6/13/2019   Post a comment
Huawei will be crippled by Trump, but in the long term his actions might end up hurting U.S. component suppliers even more.
Capturing the Supply Chain Holy Grail: Community Intelligence
Ken Fordyce  
6/12/2019   Post a comment
The past few years have made artificial intelligence a favorite buzzword. However, the technology has to evolve in a few ways to be hugely helpful to the supply chain.
Robotics Drives Supply Chain Profits
Frank Cavallaro  
6/11/2019   (4) comments
Here’s why integrating automation into warehouses and logistical operations will determine the future profitability of supply chain companies.
Discovering the New World of Cross-Border E-Commerce
Kenneth Mayer  
6/10/2019   (1) comment
Cross-border sales may seem like an impossible task, but when you understand the tricks of making it work, the road is much easier.
What's the Scoop: Mexico Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
6/7/2019   (2) comments
Following the news of tariffs on good coming from Mexico to the U.S. and the ongoing tariffs saga, we reached out to a few friends and colleagues from the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) world to find out what they and their customers think of this thorny issue.
Tariffs Continue to Stunt U.S. Manufacturing Growth
Barbara Jorgensen  
6/6/2019   (1) comment
The idea of tariffs on Mexico has U.S. manufacturers increasingly nervous--and it's showing as manufacturing growth slows month after month after month.
Summer School for Buyers: HDI & Auto Design
Shavi Spinzi  
6/5/2019   (1) comment
For automotive electronics, a key design challenge is to shrink the physical footprint of embedded systems, while simultaneously fulfilling the demand for unprecedented connectivity, electrification, infotainment, and autonomous driving capabilities. HDI can help.
Machine Learning's Time has Come
Raef Lawson  
6/4/2019   (4) comments
The use of machine learning in supply chain management is changing from hype to reality as companies realize its benefits.
Critical Questions in the Wake of the Executive Order to Secure the ICT Supply Chain
Frank Kenney  
6/3/2019   Post a comment
The impact of Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain is potentially huge. It's not too early to start planning proactively.
Returning Goods in the Era of Experiential Retail
Puga Sankara  
5/31/2019   (2) comments
Returns are the bane of many retailers existence, but to win in an increasingly competitive marketplace innovation is important.
A Better Way to Manage Your High-Value Electronics Shipments
Paul Washicko  
5/29/2019   Post a comment
Internet of Things (IoT) technology offers cost-effective smart solutions to reduce supply chain risk by providing visibility, alert notifications and data analytics that can help you make cost-saving refinements to your shipments.
Supply Chain Planning Systems Create Total Value
Michael Burnette  
5/28/2019   Post a comment
A supply chain planning system model can improve customer service and drive total value creation for global electronics OEMs.
Tariffs & Trade Wars with China Shape Supply Chain
Barbara Jorgensen  
5/24/2019   (1) comment
President Trump’s tariffs were initially seen as a blunt instrument that would force other countries to drop their trade barriers. Nearly a year into the U.S.-China trade war, tech companies are accepting constant supply uncertainty as “the new normal.”
Lots of Zeroes: Digging Deeper into Managing Intermittent Demand
Ken Fordyce  
5/23/2019   Post a comment
In the face of intermittent demand, we need to turn to the nuts and bolts of creating a demand estimate. The good news is that it's not as hard as you might think.
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   (1) 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   (1) 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   (1) 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   (1) 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   (1) 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.
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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.