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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   (4) comments
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.
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   (1) 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   (1) 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.
The Robots Have Arrived: You're Fired!
Puga Sankara  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
Make way for the robots--but don't assume they are going to take over the world.
OEMs Need to Focus on Training, Reporting to Fight Warranty Service Abuse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/15/2019   Post a comment
Service and warranty abuse is a huge threat to technology OEMs and service providers everywhere. AGMA has identified employee training and reporting mechanisms as critical components in the fight against service and warranty abuse.
Rapidly Evolving Supply Chain Risk Profile Demands Technology
Rajesh Kalidindi  
3/14/2019   (1) comment
If armed with the right technology, supply chain executives have the opportunity to influence the risk profile of the organization.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Robots, Cobots & SMT
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/14/2019   (2) comments
Surface mount electronics companies are still looking for ways to use robotic technologies. We asked some experts to weigh in on the future.
What's More Important Than Cost When Implementing An ERP Systems?
Mark Beckner  
3/13/2019   (3) comments
When researching a new ERP systems, usability and costs are often the first considerations. Consider critical back end functions as well. Your goal should be an easy-to-use system that allows for a high level of interaction and customization without the need to hire resources. By keeping these features in mind, you will save time and money, and have a system that will grow with you and your business over time.
EBN@C-Level: Component Shortages & Counterfeits Create Electronics Conundrum
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/13/2019   Post a comment
Product shortages are opening doors for electronic component counterfeiters, which creates huge supply chain risks. We sat down with an industry veteran to find out how OEMs can address the challenges.
4 Examples of AI for Supply Chain
Frank Cavallaro  
3/12/2019   (3) comments
Artificial intelligence is set to change the supply chain in a variety of unexpected ways.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Manufacturing & the Cloud
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/12/2019   Post a comment
Cloud computing is a key component in factory automation, which opens up opportunities for a variety of business boons. That same technology opens the factory up to certain types of risks. How should the industry weigh this question out?
Manufacturing Rate of Growth Drops Slightly in February
Barbara Jorgensen  
3/11/2019   (2) comments
After advancing in January, the nation’s leading factory index cooled down in February.
5 Ways to Reduce Expensive & Unnecessary Invoice Processing Costs
Aman Mann  
3/8/2019   Post a comment
Automation technology has the capacity to reduce costs and increase efficiency in a number of unexpected ways.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Tariffs & Trade Wars
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/7/2019   (2) comments
Trade tariffs may be a political tool, but they create real-world impact for electronics OEMs. We sat down with the experts to understand what's happening, both good and bad.
Sweden's Tacton Brings Solutions Directly to Americas
Barbara Jorgensen  
3/6/2019   (2) comments
Tacton is investing $12 million over the next three years to establish joint headquarters in Chicago.
Electronics Technology Roundtable: STEM & the SMT Workforce of the Future
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
3/5/2019   (2) comments
We've gathered experts from IPC to talk about its initiatives in STEM education aimed at closing the skills gap in electronics manufacturing.
Navigating Supply Chain Headwinds: Sweat the Small Stuff
Graham Scott  
3/4/2019   Post a comment
The ripple effect caused by constrained supplies, long lead times and continued spikes in component prices is having a lasting impact on traditional customer/supplier relationships.
Finding Certainty in an Uncertain 2019
Paul Romano  
3/1/2019   (1) comment
Supply chain disruptions resulting from mergers and acquisitions (M&As); the continuous push for electric vehicles; and the impending resurgence of cryptocurrency are on the horizon in the coming year.
Electronic Supply Chain Roundtable: Counterfeit & Conflict Materials
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/28/2019   (1) comment
Fake parts are bad for consumers and bad for electronics OEMs. However, new technology solutions can be part of the solution in combatting counterfeits.
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