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Closed-Loop CAPA: What is the Big Deal?
Ann McGuire  
2/18/2019   (1) comment
A closed-loop CAPA process can impact a person’s life—and our entire public and private systems.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Is Inspection Data the Currency of the Smart Factory?
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/15/2019   Post a comment
To make smart factories a reality, OEMS need data that adds value, making inspection data critically important. It could be called , the currency of the smart factory.
Open Source Hardware Benefits Procurement Practices
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/14/2019   Post a comment
The advent of processor options based the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) may delight electronics engineers and designers, but open-source hardware presents a number of opportunities for enhanced supply chain and procurement efforts as well.
Electronics Supply Chain Roundtable: Create a Manufacturing Ecosystem
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/13/2019   (2) comments
Connected factories are one thing, but what about a connected manufacturing ecosystem? Surely more value can be delivered when many sites share data to drive best-in-class performance and global improvements. And what about the idea of crowdsourced anonymized data being used across the industry to improve performance throughout the value chain?
Maximized Product Uptime is the Future & the Future is Now
Gary Brooks  
2/12/2019   (2) comments
Subscription-based services are now a part of manufacturing that are extending the supply chain. Electronics OEMs need to adapt or they will die.
Experts Advise on Avoiding Counterfeit Components
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/11/2019   (2) comments
In a recent webinar, SiliconExpert Market Insights: Counterfeit Risk & Mitigation Thought Leader Panel Discussion, industry thought leaders discussed and debated the path forward to combatting the increasingly large problem of counterfeit components.
Nokia Sets Sights on Redemption
Junko Yoshida  
2/7/2019   Post a comment
In this Special Project, we tear down Nokia, examining its past and future. We explore what 5G and yet-to-be-defined 6G network infrastructure would look like. And more to the point, what does it mean to the industry and Nokia? Can Nokia redeem itself?
Promising Year Ahead: CPO Role Evolves; Digitalization Generates New Jobs
Marcell Vollmer  
2/7/2019   (1) comment
2019 has the potential to be a great and even world-changing year, despite upheaval in certain sectors.
Overcoming the State of the Logistics Supply Chain Crunch
Mark Pluta  
2/6/2019   Post a comment
Lots of complexity and a huge driver shortage is making logistics in the electronics supply chain tricky. Technology, applied thoughtfully, can make all the difference.
Use Social Media to Enhance Supply Chain Transparency
Frank Cavallaro  
2/5/2019   (1) comment
Customers want transparency of supply chain through social media.
January Factory Index Regains Lost Ground
Barbara Jorgensen  
2/4/2019   (1) comment
Institute for Supply Management’s PMI is on the rise, but there's no promise of an easy road ahead. Supplier delivery, backlog and prices indexes all declined.
California Sets New Standard for Data Privacy with CCPA
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/1/2019   (1) comment
Electronics OEMs have less than a year now to comply with California's new and very stringent data privacy laws. It's never too early to start worrying about it.
Independent Path Lowers Sourcing Risk in a Constrained Market
Jeff Elliott  
1/31/2019   Post a comment
The medical device industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components.
Analyze TCO to Make a Case for Onshore Sourcing
Harry Moser  
1/28/2019   (3) comments
An analysis of all relevant factors—overhead, balance sheet, risks, corporate strategy and other external and internal business considerations—is a better determination of the true total cost of a part or assembly. That's what should drive reshoring decisions.
No Silver Bullet for Electronics Counterfeiting - Yet
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/25/2019   (3) comments
The best minds in high-tech have been unable to overcome one of the industry’s most insidious challenges: counterfeit electronics.
Boom: Top 10 CES Takeaways in the Age of Data
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
1/24/2019   (2) comments
CES offers a glimpse into the future of technology. If you didn't get to the show, this slideshow will give you a glimpse at some of the hottest trends for future.
Industry Standards Take a Role in Mitigating Counterfeits
Megan R. Nichols  
1/23/2019   (2) comments
Through standards, OEMs and distributors are able to place requirements on their suppliers and subcontractors to have a clear counterfeit mitigation strategy in place.
Jabil Launches Materials Innovation Center for Additive Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/22/2019   (2) comments
Jabil has introduced a solution for creating, integrating and validating custom engineered materials for additive manufacturing to help 3D printing emerge as a useful manufacturing technology.
Small Parts Orders: Shipping Costs Matter
Martin Rowe  
1/21/2019   (3) comments
Nobody wants to pay several times the cost of parts just to ship them.
Counterfeit Part Prevention Starts with Industry Standards
Megan R. Nichols  
1/17/2019   (1) comment
The problem of counterfeit electronics parts is nothing new, but industry standards are evolving to meet the demand for security and safety.
Digital Marketing for the Supply Chain & Logistics Industries
Frank Cavallaro  
1/15/2019   (3) comments
Digital marketing will establish your company as an industry thought leader with B2B buyers.
AI in 2019: Start Small, Win Big
Antony Bourne  
1/14/2019   (4) comments
Artificial intelligence will shape manufacturing in the year to come.
3 Critical New Year's Resolutions for Manufacturing
Srivats Ramaswami  
1/11/2019   (3) comments
Here are a few New Year’s Resolutions to consider to help manufacturers lay out priorities and plans for the year ahead.
Total Visibility: The Missing Link in the Supply Chain
Richard Howells  
1/10/2019   (5) comments
The main challenge in the supply chain is knowing what to do with that data sensors provide, and how to make actionable sense of it.
EBN@C-Level: Sourceability Offers Alternative to Traditional Electronics Distribution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/9/2019   (7) comments
We sat down with founder and CEO of Sourceability Jens Gamperl to talk about how his company is developing a new distribution model that focuses on being a technology platform.
U.S. Factory Index Falls to Historic Lows; Electronics Industry Hits the Brakes
Barbara Jorgensen  
1/9/2019   (2) comments
The Institute for Supply Management's PM, dropped to historic lows this month. Depending on the source material, this was the worst decline since 2008 or since 2014
Batteries Move from Product to Service
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/7/2019   Post a comment
Global Technology Systems (GTS) is looking to shift that model from buying batteries to “as-a-service” support of the products, in hopes of giving OEMs a new way of interacting over time customers.
Facing the Ticking Time Bomb of Corporate Debt
Nathan Feather  
1/3/2019   (1) comment
Supply chain finance (SCF) is a valuable tool that can help suppliers and buyers protect themselves from volatile economic conditions
5 Key Elements Driving Digital Transformation in Manufacturing
Ray Watson  
1/2/2019   (4) comments
A handful of steps can take your organization successfully into the new industrial age.
Consumers' Demand for 'Now' Will Impact Service Supply Chain in 2019
Sam Mikles  
1/1/2019   (3) comments
The immediacy demanded in the consumer world is making its way into the service supply chain.
Customer Centricity: The Mantra of Successful Supply Chains
Richard Howells  
12/31/2018   Post a comment
Leading supply chains are reimagining their business processes to be centered around the customer.
No Holiday Joy for Component Buyers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/28/2018   (1) comment
In the coming year, component shortages will continue to abound as new markets increase demands and stretch lead times.
Cloned ICs: Better Specs Than Authentics
Martin Rowe  
12/27/2018   (1) comment
Tests by SMT Corp. show that some cloned ICs actually perform better than authentic parts, at least on some parameters. Would you use a cloned part where authentic parts are no longer in production?
10 Transportation & Supply Chain Predictions for 2019
Dan Clark  
12/26/2018   (4) comments
In 2019, shippers will have opportunities to turn to technologies and digital transformation to improve their operations, efficiencies, and bottom line profits.
China Leads in Mitigating Expense Report Misconduct
Josh Anish  
12/24/2018   (2) comments
Why is there so little expense report misconduct in China?
Makers Morph to Product Developers & Look for Help
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/21/2018   Post a comment
Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor technology experienced remarkable double-digit growth in 2018, yet security for IoT continues to be the greatest challenge for electronic product developers to overcome, according to new research from Avnet.
Urban Logistics: Deliver Goods on Demand Efficiently & Sustainably
Paul Washicko  
12/20/2018   (2) comments
The cheap and easy movement of goods is a crucial competitive differentiator for any city, but must be balanced against features such as livability, walkability and compliance with environmental regulations.
Building the Early Supply Chain Path to 5G
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/19/2018   (2) comments
Although it may be months or even years before 5G takes its place in the market, it’s not too early to start to get the supply chain prepared. Building the right supplier relationships and talent pool are critical.
5 Drivers Accelerating Digital Transformation & Innovation
Courtney Ryan  
12/18/2018   (3) comments
Transformative digital technologies are poised to forever change how products are designed, made and delivered to customers around the world. There’s strong probability that the following five drivers will play critical roles.
Supply Chain Execs Anticipate Growth, Trade Hurdles in 2019
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/17/2018   (1) comment
U.S. supply executives are generally optimistic about the business environment next year. A majority of manufacturers also expect capital expenditures, capacity, and employment to grow next year.
Trust, Tablets, & Technology Top Consumer Demand List for Retailers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/13/2018   (1) comment
Consumer expectations are requiring retailers to boost their supply chain efficiency with technology.
3 Common Invoicing Scams & How to Avoid Them
Josephine McCann  
12/13/2018   Post a comment
As your business grows and your vendor list gets larger, it can be difficult to stay on top of the validity of each invoice. There are some suspicious signs to watch out for.
Order Processing Automation Brings Good Cheer to Electronics Market
Steve Smith  
12/12/2018   Post a comment
It’s a mad dash to get orders out, shipped, and under the tree in time for Christmas morning. A breakdown at any point in the supply chain can mean the loss of revenue, customers and business reputations.
Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Tech: The Year of Adapt or Die
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/11/2018   (1) comment
Next month brings a slew of conferences that will lay out the biggest manufacturing, supply chain and technology trends. These events point to some understanding about where the industry will go this year.
Navigating Headwinds in the Global Supply Chain
Graham Scott  
12/10/2018   Post a comment
Electronics buyers, suppliers. and the customers they serve are facing turbulent times. We need to change along with them or face potential business disruptions.
Not in My Back Office: A Study in Expense Report Fraud
Josephine McCann  
12/7/2018   Post a comment
Organizations can save money by locking down expense report fraud--and some industries have more to worry about than average.
10 Big Supply Chain Shifts for 2019
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/6/2018   (2) comments
As the supply chain moves from being a cost savings to being a strategic differentiator, organizations will shift the way it does supply chain work. Here's a look at IDCs top 10 trends for the supply chain in the coming year.
Factory Activity Rebounds After October Lull
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The news remains good: for more than two years, U.S. manufacturing has been in expansion mode.
Responsive Supply Chains: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Hans Thalbauer  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The secret to an always-on supply chain involves several key technologies every retailer should consider, to achieve a level of care and efficiency that keeps customers coming back.
Procurement & Digitalization: Smart CPOs Blaze a Trail
Marcell Vollmer  
12/4/2018   (1) comment
Ready or not, digitalization is upon us and the procurement department and its leadership has a huge role to play.
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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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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
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Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
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.