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Posts posted in January 2018
Mergers Present O2C Challenges for Semiconductor Companies
Dan Reeve  
1/31/2018   (4) comments
When semiconductor companies merge, automated O2C systems can make the process easier.
Tech Distributors Grow & Change, Security & Cloud Top Concerns
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/30/2018   (2) comments
Technology distributors are pursuing new markets and the result is a rosy financial outlook for the industry, according to a new report.
5 Applications for Collaborative, Automated Mobile Robots
Ed Mullen  
1/29/2018   Post a comment
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) automate tasks in a simple, efficient, and cost-effective way.
Smart Manufacturing: The Technology Matters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/26/2018   (3) comments
Investing in the right underlying technologies is key to successfully implementing smart factory capabilities.
Automation Smooths Out Seasonal Peaks & Valleys
Puga Sankara  
1/26/2018   (2) comments
Traditional manual systems for tracking warehouse workers don't give enough visibility. Today's tools, though, offer a better answer.
Special Delivery: How Logistics Providers are Slashing Inefficiencies with Machine Learning & IoT
Raghu Ramanathan  
1/25/2018   (1) comment
When we look at transportation industries today, we see good use tools already ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), computer processing power, Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain. Collectively, they have the potential to change business drastically.
The Importance of Brand Consistency in the Supply Chain
David Kerr  
1/24/2018   (2) comments
Strong brands create more memorable companies and leave better impressions on customers, and that has a direct impact on your bottom line.
10 Cities, 12 Days: Add Savings to Supply Chain Travel
Glenn Adriance  
1/24/2018   (2) comments
Traveling to 10 cities in 12 days can be stressful, but you only need one good corporate travel booking tool to pull it off successfully.
Canada to Become Main U.S. Supplier of Cobalt & Nickel
Pablo Valerio  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
Soon American manufacturers could get needed minerals from their Canadian neighbors, dramatically simplifying the supply chain.
3 Ways Manual Sourcing Costs Businesses More Than Just Time
Andrew Durlak  
1/23/2018   (1) comment
Many organizations fear change and hang on to outdated systems. Manual sourcing, however, carries a bigger price tag than you might expect.
EBN@C-Level: Stress Test Procurement, Logistics, & Operations for Business Betterment
Nicole DiGiose  
1/22/2018   Post a comment
EBN spoke with consultant Steven J. Bowen, to find out how new tax code changes may impact the supply chain.
5 Manufacturing Trends Poised to Take Off in 2018
Sean Riley  
1/22/2018   Post a comment
In the coming year, electronics manufacturers will move from digital transformation as a buzzword to making it an actionable corporate culture.
Making the Most of Supply Chain Tech: Manufacturers Leverage Process Mining
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/19/2018   Post a comment
A new approach called data process mining allows companies to turn IT data into actionable advice to increase supply chain efficiency.
Threat of Robot Warehouse Invasion Overblown
Puga Sankara  
1/19/2018   (2) comments
Everyone is talking about robots taking over the warehouse, but when you talk to people in the real world it's not such a simple equation.
3 Tips to Surviving (& Thriving) as the Only Female in the Room: Building a Successful Supply Chain Career
Kristi Naidech  
1/18/2018   Post a comment
After nearly two decades in the supply chain trenches, i've learned a few things that I wish i could have told myself when I started.
Looking Ahead: Supply Chain Experts Weigh in on 2018 Trends
Hans Veenendaal  
1/17/2018   (1) comment
Just as many people set personal resolutions, the start of the new year is a great opportunity for brands to revisit their business strategy and objectives for their supply chains.
Supply Chain Globalization Velocity Challenged
Paul Washicko  
1/16/2018   Post a comment
Visibility is crucial in creating stability and reliability for the global supply chain to minimize both risk and cost.
Data Rocks at CES: 10 Things You Missed if You Didn't Attend
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
Supply chain pros have been talking about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 5G and other technologies for awhile. Now, at CES, they are hitting prime time.
Blockchain: The Missing Link for Transparent Supply Chain Management
Swapnil Shende  
1/15/2018   (1) comment
Blockchain for the supply chain network has the potential to benefit many industries in terms of flexibility, validation and security of transactions.
5 Trends Impacting Logistics in 2018
Sam Mikles  
1/12/2018   (1) comment
The forces that made 2017 a wild ride for supply chain professionals will continue with increased speed in 2018.
The Power of Amazon Prime: Changing People's Habits Changes the Game
Puga Sankara  
1/12/2018   (1) comment
Amazon's service levels shift buyer expectations and that expectation has shifted the buying habits of many consumers.
10 Trends Shaping Manufacturing in the Next Five Years
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/11/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with two iDC analysts to drill down into their biggest predictions about how manufacturing and service will evolve in the next five years in more detail.
Changing World Redefines After-Sales Service for OEMs
Anders Grudén  
1/11/2018   Post a comment
Manufacturers need to adapt to major social, demographic and economic trends, while still increasing customer satisfaction and improving financial performance. The best path forward is to redefine service.
2018 Global Outlook Challenges Planning Assumptions
Pamela Passman  
1/10/2018   Post a comment
2018 promises to bring an increasingly challenging environment for companies of all sizes. FSG’s director for global economics Antonio Martinez talks about what to watch for in the year ahead.
Manufacturing the Smart Way
Logical Link  
1/9/2018   (1) comment
Digital twins may help industrial manufacturers cross the Internet of Things divide, and allow manufacturers to innovate supply chain practices, monitor remote assets and improve overall decision-making, according to ABI.
Embedded Device Maker Adds Real-World Additive Manufacturing
Nicole DiGiose  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
Phytec, a global maker of microprocessor-based solutions for industrial embedded devices, has integrated 3D printing into its manufacturing processes.
Time for SMBs to Embrace the Digital Supply Chain
Gavin Davidson  
1/8/2018   (2) comments
Recent years have brought a new wave of business digitization and technological simplicity that puts a faster, more cost-efficient supply chain within easy reach of SMB manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers, and retailers.
South America Finds New Riches in Lithium Supply
Pablo Valerio  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
The world is gearing up for electric cars. The technology is maturing, the cars’ autonomy range is increasing, and batteries are getting smaller and cheaper. Lithium, the mineral needed for those batteries, is a sought-after commodity. The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch futures contracts for lithium and other battery metals early in 2019.
Harness Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, & Blockchain for Trade Finance
Veena Gundavelli  
1/5/2018   (1) comment
Trade finance and the international supply chain have historically been complex systems, involving many people and processes. However, the technologies necessary to disrupt these systems — including big data, AI, and blockchain — are finally ready for prime-time.
Think Creatively About Passive Component Sourcing
Mary E. Shacklett  
1/4/2018   (1) comment
A looming shortage is attributable to how electronics companies are managing their inventories. Here's some steps you can take to avoid problems.
10 Most Curious Crowdfunded Campaigns
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
We scoured two leading crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter and Indiegogo) to find the most wildly different products that are recently funded or on offer now.
4 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018
Vivek Soneja  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
In order to stay ahead of the competition, electronics OEMs need to leverage the technologies that let them know more about the supply chain sooner than ever before. Here are the trends to watch to win the race.
Automation in Manufacturing Will Create More, Better Paying Jobs
Frank Cavallaro  
1/2/2018   (2) comments
Artificial intelligence will cost our industry certain types of jobs, but the fallout in terms of new jobs may be even better.
7 Supply Chain Resolutions for the New Year
Richard G. Weissman  
1/1/2018   Post a comment
As we start a new year, these ‘resolutions’ may just make 2018 a bit more manageable.




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