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Posts posted in December 2018
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   (1) 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.
Get to the Top-Tier of IoT Security
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2018   Post a comment
More connected devices translate into a massive threat service that hackers can leverage to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other threats.




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EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
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.