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Posts posted in November 2017
Supplier Relationships: Get Beyond Loathing Negotiation
Richard G. Weissman  
11/30/2017   Post a comment
Strong supplier relationships enhance, not eliminate, negotiations.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & SMT in the Augmented Age
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/30/2017   Post a comment
Virtual reality toolsare finding their way on to the surface mount technology (SMT) line with companies using them to show what is happening inside machines and support diagnosis and maintenance from afar.
3 Takeaways from Tesla's Supply Chain Mistakes
B. Cameron Gain  
11/29/2017   Post a comment
Tesla's recent supply chain bungles also serve as a great case study for OEMs or suppliers about avoidable mistakes.
3 Ways Digital Documents Help Supply Chain Pros
David Kerr  
11/29/2017   Post a comment
Supply chain professionals need digital document solutions to help save time and money, ensure brand consistency and accuracy, and improve vendor experience.
Nurturing the Next-Gen STEM Workforce: Cricket Media & IEEE Collaborate on TryEngineering
Nicole DiGiose  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Cricket Media, and IEEE teamed up to create TryEngineering Together, an eMentorship platform based on developing technological skills in grammar school students.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017, Electronic Manufacturing & the Digital Twin
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Digital twin....manufacturers need to know what it is and how it will impact the supply chain.
Get the Most Out of Your Legacy Supply Chain Systems
April Rassa  
11/27/2017   (2) comments
Too often, companies have become prisoners of their legacy supply chain systems. However, there are ways that you can break out.
Beware the End of the Year
Adrienne Wilson  
11/24/2017   (1) comment
The end of the year can put even more pressure on an already challenged supply chain.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Coexisting with Cobots
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/23/2017   (1) comment
Robotics and automation are clearly a major part of our future, but humans will have to learn to work together with machines.
Use Warehouse Execution System to Manage Electronic Recalls
Dave Williams  
11/23/2017   Post a comment
It’s important for OEMs to know how to quickly implement a reverse supply chain to address problems that may arise.
Model-Based Definition: The Next Frontier for Digital Manufacturing
Robert Bodor  
11/22/2017   Post a comment
Digital manufacturing has shortened product development cycles and made manufacturing processes more efficient, thus altering the economics of the supply chain.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & EMS Growth Drivers
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
11/21/2017   (1) comment
At Productronica, the topic of sustaining and driving growth in the electronic manufacturing services industry had everyone talking.
The Future of Supply Chain Management: Benefits of Digital Supply Chain to the C-Level
Roddy Martin  
11/21/2017   (1) comment
Becoming a digital supply chain leader requires commitment from the corner office. Here's how to get the initiative on the top of the priorities list for your organization.
Apple, Qualcomm Split Creates Questions
Ariella Brown  
11/21/2017   (1) comment
Whatever Apple is planning for next year’s iPhone iteration, it is working on a design that does not depend on chips from Qualcomm.
NPI Sourcing Highlights the Need for Speed
Alex Peron  
11/21/2017   Post a comment
Initial product designs often overlook several product aspects that can cause real-world problems. It's important to get ready early in the new product design process.
Research Reveals Key Challenges in Turning Design Ideas into Winning Products
Bob Merriman  
11/20/2017   Post a comment
It's getting harder to bring new products from design to reality but there are more tools than ever to help designers get there.
Customer First Sets the Standard in Retail
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/17/2017   (1) comment
Technology is, and will be, front and center of how retailers succeed or fail at differentiating themselves with customers.
10 Ways Robots Will Change Manufacturing in the Next 5 Years
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/17/2017   (12) comments
Over the next five years, the high-tech industry will leverage this new generation of robotics in new and unexpected way to get business done. We sat down with leading research firm IDC to find out their best guess about what will happen in the next five years.
No Lie: Electronic Design Products Take Months
Michael Allen  
11/16/2017   Post a comment
Lead time for outsourced design services can be 18 to 20 weeks. Here’s why, and how you can tell whether that is realistic and achievable.
Top Risks to Supply Chain Executives, from Transportation to Manufacturing
Nicole DiGiose  
11/16/2017   (1) comment
2017 Travelers Business Risk Index reveals the top risks according to supply chain executives, from transportation to manufacturing.
Block Party: How Manufacturers Can Harness the Power of Blockchain to Enhance Supply Chain Management
Luc Janssen  
11/15/2017   Post a comment
The supply chain is abuzz with talk about blockchain bringing a wealth of capabilities to the supply chain. The promise is there but it will take time.
5 Ways to Ensure a Successful Cross-Border Manufacturing Operation
Scott Stanley  
11/14/2017   Post a comment
With steadily increasing wages in Asia, Mexico has become an increasingly attractive location. However, it's not simple. Here are a few to keep top of mind in order to ensure a successful cross-border manufacturing operation.
ModusLink Releases Integrated Data Warehouse Platform
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/14/2017   Post a comment
ModusLink's new digital warehouse platform brings together information from a variety of business apps to help them successfully deliver products worldwide.
Many Electronics OEMs Get Dunce Cap from Greenpeace Guide
Ariella Brown  
11/13/2017   Post a comment
A new Greenpeace report take top electronics OEMs to task energy use, resource consumption, and chemical use. It turns out that most aren't getting high marks in environmentalism.
Business Continuity Builds Supply Chain Resilience
Nicole DiGiose  
11/13/2017   (6) comments
A clear plan for business continuity paves a clear path to supply chain resilience a new study finds.
5 Hallmarks of Good Giving for Business Benefit
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/10/2017   (2) comments
Organizations are realizing that corporate social responsibility efforts can yield hard and soft benefits for the organization.
Innovation Now: How Technology Drives Supply Chain Evolution
Shanton Wilcox  
11/9/2017   (1) comment
The supply chain is constantly pressured to deliver more. With supply chain technology advancements, shippers have increased expectations of what logistics providers can accomplish.
HP 3D Printer, Materials to Modernize Industrial 3D Manufacturing Equation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/9/2017   (1) comment
HP claims new high-volume 3D printing system and new materials create economies of scale for 3D manufacturing. New “break-even point” of 110,000 parts enables industry’s lowest cost-per-part, HP said.
3D Printing Goes Beyond Parts Prototyping Parts in Aerospace
Logical Link  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The aerospace industry is positioning itself to take greater advantage of 3D-printed parts, which will impact product design and supply chain management practices.
AR Makes Seasonal Workers Warehouse Smart
Brian Ballard  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Augmented reality (AR) delivered via smart glasses provides access to visual information, real-time updates, documents, human expertise, enterprise systems and step-by-step guidance, smoothing the integration between people, data and machines in the smart, connected warehouse. As a result, warehouses can more quickly help material handlers turn the challenges of the seasonal surge into the opportunity to maximize results.
EBN@C-Level: Talking Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain with Siemens
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
Gia-Thi Nguyen, global process management/project manager at Siemens talks about siemens' Digital Factory supply chain journey and what others might learn from it.
How LoRa Technology Makes Supply Chains & Asset Management Smarter
Mike Wong  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
LoRa devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa technology) and the LoRaWAN open protocol is an ideal wireless link solution for smart supply chain and logistics IoT applications.
Capacitor Pricing Fixing Conspiracy: The Next Chapter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/6/2017   (2) comments
Another indictment, this time of Nippon Chemicon, adds to the list of capacitor makers implicated in a long-term price-fixing conspiracy.
Cloud, Connectivity Lay Foundation for Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
11/6/2017   (1) comment
Improved communication and more data from the shop floor is accelerating digital transformation in manufacturing, but a skills shortage remains an obstacle.
Future-Proof On-Demand Supply Chain with 3D Printing
Matt Sand  
11/3/2017   (1) comment
On-demand manufacturing is the new market norm. 3D printing is critical for next-generation supply chains.
OEMs Identify 3D Printing as Key Technology
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/3/2017   (2) comments
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, may well be the most impactful technology to hit manufacturing and the supply chain in a long time.
Exploring the Brave New World of AI, Robotics & Autonomous Cars
Jim O'Reilly  
11/2/2017   Post a comment
What is the Brave New World of sophisticated technology going to look like? Only time will tell, but we can make an educated guess.
Rise of Consumer Driven Supply Chain Pushes Demand for Drop Ship
Peter Edlund  
11/2/2017   Post a comment
What were once competitive advantages for retailers, endless inventory, overnight shipping, and free return shipping have become standard in manufacturing as well.
IoT Enables Smarter Waste Management
Ariella Brown  
11/1/2017   Post a comment
IoT is enabling smarter solutions, and rapid-application development (RAD) platforms make it faster and easier to implement effective waste management.
Selling the C-level on Automated Order Processing
Steve Smith  
11/1/2017   Post a comment
Automated order processing leads to customer satisfaction, which drives greater revenues. The first step, though, is getting buy-in from the leaders of the organization.




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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
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.