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: 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
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!