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Posts posted in October 2017
EBN@C-Level: Procurement Goes Mobile & Customer-Centric
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/31/2017   (1) comment
We sat down with Shaz Khan, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Vroozi, a provider of a business to business mobile procurement platform to find out more about how customer centricity and mobile technology can be leveraged for strategic sourcing.
The Paperless Supply Chain Comes of Age
David Kerr  
10/31/2017   (1) comment
Digital transformation is more than a buzzword. It’s changing the way the supply chain works, making it more affordable, effective, and efficient.
When Disasters Happen: Earthquakes, Hurricanes & Fires, Oh My!
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/30/2017   Post a comment
Disasters happen, so the electronics supply chain needs to be ready. By careful preparation of people, process, and technologies, electronics OEMs can minimize the impact of natural disasters.
IoT Boom Leads to Widespread Passive & Semi Component Shortages
Nicole DiGiose  
10/30/2017   Post a comment
From cars to coffee makers, the boom of Internet connected smart products is putting more electronic components into consumer products. As a result, shortages of electronic components, from resistors and capacitors to memory plaguing the industry and lead times for these devices are stretching out across the global supply chain.
Car Industry Puts Sensor Market on Fast Forward
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/27/2017   (1) comment
Changes in the car industry are going to drastically change the demands on the electronics supply chain. There's a boom ahead for the sensor market.
3 Things Apple Won't Say About Making iPhones from Recycled Components
B. Cameron Gain  
10/26/2017   (2) comments
Apple faces major hurdles before it can, if ever, reach its goals of an iPhone made from mostly recycled components.
Demystifying RPA: Micro Changes Deliver Macro ROI
Earl van As  
10/26/2017   (1) comment
Flagged as the 4th industrial revolution, robotic process automation can deliver big results with a small investment.
Apple iPhone X Kicks Off Another Supply Chain Scramble
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/25/2017   (1) comment
The iPhone X, a product that was supposed to make a splash to celebrate a decade since the smart phone was introduced, may founder due to supply chain issues.
EBN@C-Level: The Changing World of Supply Chain & Contract Manufacturing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/25/2017   (1) comment
We sat down with Meredith Kovarik, a business unit director at Jabil, to talk about what she sees happening in the supply chain industry in general and the contract manufacturing area specifically.
Do Naps Count as Breaks? 5 Insights for Managing a Remote Workforce
Mike Raftery  
10/25/2017   Post a comment
For some workers and bosses, working at home can make everyone happy, but it has to be done right. Here's how.
Why a $0.02 Part is as Important as a $1,000 Part
Tom Kieley  
10/24/2017   Post a comment
If anything about a part affects the customer positively or negatively, then the price tag on that product doesn’t matter. A $1,000 part has no value at all unless other, far less expensive parts are also available on time, at the right cost, and able to serve the purpose they were included in the design to fulfill.
Blockchain, Chatbots & Digitization Having a Greater Supply Chain Impact
Logical Link  
10/23/2017   (1) comment
New technologies like blockchain and chatbots are making their way into supply chain practices.
Digitizing the Supply Chain: The Promise of IoT & Sensors
Tom O’Boyle  
10/23/2017   (3) comments
More companies benefit from a digital supply chain as cloud technology and the Internet of Things evolve.
5 Most Common Warehouse Monsters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/20/2017   (2) comments
To experienced supply chain executives, these five warehouse monsters are more frightening than Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and a horde of ghosts and goblins combined.
Purchasing in Excel: The Longest Shortcut You'll Ever Take
Tom Kieley  
10/19/2017   (1) comment
Some purchasing challenges span industries, and there is no greater example of this than the desire to ‘just’ continue purchasing in Excel. Unfortunately, what seems like shortcut in the moment will quickly be revealed as costly, confusing, and risky – to both your company and your suppliers.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Women in Technology
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/19/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the positive developments for women in technology and talked about what can be done to improve things further.
5 Ways Blockchain Revolution Supports Supply Chain Evolution
Dan Juliano  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
Many of global supply chain challenges can be solved with blockchain, which provides the foundation for a radically new approach to supply chain management
Automated Meeting Rooms: Leave Ghosts & Zombies Behind
Susan Fourtané  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
A new smart sensor integration automate workplace scheduling, eliminating ”ghost” and ”zombie” meetings, making meeting rooms (and the supply chain professionals who use them) smarter.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & AI Puts the Smart into Smart Factory
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/17/2017   Post a comment
Is AI what the fourth industrial revolution, or IIoT, needs to reach its full potential and deliver manufacturing solutions that learn, schedule production and get us closer to smart factory nirvana?
Machine Learning Apps Replace Enterprise Legacy Systems
Nipun Nikunj  
10/17/2017   (2) comments
Especially in the supply chain, the advent of machine learning technology promises to offer the flexibility and power necessary to succeed.
84% of Industrial Companies Face Gap Between IoT & ERP
Nicole DiGiose  
10/16/2017   (1) comment
Despite the promise of IoT, industrial companies aren't using the resulting to good advantage, especially with enterprise resource planning system, a new survey found.
Get Ready: Demand Planning & the World of Contingencies
Glenn Graney  
10/16/2017   Post a comment
Today's changing supply chain needs more than old-fashioned and outdated planning tools.
Publisher's Perspective: It Takes a Village to Build a City
Victor Gao  
10/13/2017   Post a comment
Cities, industry must work together to foster innovation.
10 Reasons New Product Launches Fails
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/13/2017   Post a comment
Getting a great product idea from design to reality is more art than science, but there are things you can do to make it more likely to happen.
Voice Evolves the Efficiency of the Warehouse
Puga Sankara  
10/13/2017   (1) comment
We've been talking about voice solutions in the warehouse for a long time, but now the technology is catching up.
3 Ways Amazon Going Brick-&-Mortar Changes After-Sales Service
Gary Brooks  
10/12/2017   Post a comment
Amazon’s moves could have far-reaching consequences for any company with storefronts – especially manufacturers with dealer locations.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Smart Supply Chain
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/12/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the supply chain developments coming from the application of smart factory principles and AI.
In Defense of Sales: They Are Not the Supply Chain Enemy
Richard G. Weissman  
10/11/2017   Post a comment
Sales is not the enemy, but good supply chain professionals know how to build and maintain sales relationships.
Do More With Less: OEMs Can Learn from the Roots of Kanban
Pam Bednar  
10/11/2017   (2) comments
Kanban evolved out of necessity - and has become a necessity for today’s manufacturers.
It’s Never Too Early to Get Your Employees in Shape for the Holidays
Amanda Nichols  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
Employee engagement and satisfaction is key for an efficient holiday season. Here’s how to keep your workers happy.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & What’s Driving Automotive Electronics?
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
10/10/2017   Post a comment
A quick chat with some industry experts highlights some of the changes that are happening in the design and supply chain of the automotive industry.
Contract Manufacturers Use Cloud MES to Bring Industry 4.0 to Reality
Nicole DiGiose  
10/9/2017   Post a comment
Cloud based manufacturing execution systems are useful to contract manufacturers, but OEM customers reap plenty of benefits as well.
Leverage AI & Cognitive Computing in Global Procurement
Rajesh Kalidindi  
10/9/2017   (1) comment
Today, sourcing teams, as well as procurement and purchasing managers, can easily tap into the power of artificial intelligence made possible by the marriage of advanced analytics and machine learning.  
Manufacturing Day at Jabil Blue Sky: Why You Should Come Along!
Joanne Moretti  
10/6/2017   (1) comment
Jabil is celebrating Manufacturing Day by opening its doors to the public so that more people can know what an amazing career opportunity that manufacturing affords.
Let’s Celebrate U.S. Manufacturing Day
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/6/2017   Post a comment
For five years, Manufacturing Day has gotten the word out about potential careers in the United States.
Apple's Massive iPhone Launches Teach Demand Forecasting Lessons
Nick Foy  
10/5/2017   (4) comments
Apple, despite its affinity for releasing limited amounts of its highly demanded new devices to further stoke demand, offers an interesting example of the complexities associated with forecasting.
Canadian Federal Government Supports Supplier Diversity
Kelli Saunders  
10/4/2017   Post a comment
The implementation of supplier diversity programs has been recognized as an integral component to future economies by both government and educational institutions.
4 Ways Business Automation Improves Navigation of the Electronics Value Chain
Adrienne Wilson  
10/4/2017   Post a comment
The wildly dynamic semiconductor space can be challenging but business automation can make things go a little smoother.
“Registered” ELD Vendors Creates Potential Global Supply Chain Nightmare
Frank Cavallaro  
10/3/2017   (1) comment
New electronic logging device (ELD) regulations have the potential to rock supply chains and manufacturers around the globe — and not just because of anticipated transportation disruptions and increases in costs.
IIC & MESA Sign MoU to Advance IIoT for Manufacturing
Nicole DiGiose  
10/3/2017   Post a comment
The IIC and MESA will partner to better understand the business value of IIoT and communicate that to the broader industry.
Digital Supply Chains Can Transform Back to School Shopping
Mark Morley  
10/2/2017   Post a comment
One sector where parents are spending most of their back to school budget is the high tech or consumer electronics space. OEMs, distributors and retails need to be ready for the surge of demand.
Industrial Cybersecurity System: Need to Protect Industrial Control Systems Grows
Anamika Deshwal  
10/2/2017   Post a comment
Increased connectivity between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments have increased need for effective security products and solutions to mitigate these cyber threats has increased in industrial enterprises.




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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!
Archived Dialogues
Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
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.