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Posts posted in February 2018
Amazon's Next Frontier: Manufacturing & the Industrial Internet
Frank Cavallaro  
2/28/2018   Post a comment
Amazon is in a prime position to enter the Industrial Internet. That may be a big change for manufacturers and supply chain pros...it's definitely one to keep an eye on.
Digitization Becomes Supply Chain Necessity
David Kerr  
2/27/2018   Post a comment
Every manager can agree that a major goal is to cut time and increase the bottom line. Digitization is a quick way to do this.
Solve Real-World Supply Chain Challenges with Blockchain
Ron Wince  
2/27/2018   Post a comment
Blockchain provides hope to overcome the gaps created in the handoffs of product across the supply chain.
Shrink Your Shipping Costs with a WMS Manifest System
Eric Allais  
2/26/2018   Post a comment
As more freight carriers make a shift to charging distributors and warehouse operators based on the dimensional size of individual packages, the cost of shipping is becoming another area where a WMS with an integrated manifesting system is able to deliver valuable cost savings.
4 Reasons Why Procurement Teams Are Choosing SaaS
Eric Christopher  
2/26/2018   (2) comments
The inherent benefits of cloud-based platforms address many of the pain points of supply chain pros looking for a technology fix.
Taking on the Top Trends: Supply Chain 2018
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/23/2018   (1) comment
A new infographic documents the emerging trends in supply chain. The coming year will be rife with technology and risk.
The Ebb & Flow of Retail Supply Chain: Is AI the Answer?
Puga Sankara  
2/23/2018   (1) comment
The holidays are over, but it's never too early to look at how technology can help close supply chain gaps caused by shifting demand.
AP Automation Strengthens Manufacturer-Supplier Relationships
Howie Hahn  
2/22/2018   Post a comment
The business relationship between manufacturers and suppliers in the semiconductor industry is a close one, but not always an easy one. Automation of accounts payable (AP) processes can help smooth the path forward for both sides.
Fighting the Data Breach Epidemic
Pradeep Chakraborty  
2/22/2018   Post a comment
There needs to be a solution that takes care of both security and compliance for organizations.
Taking the Dude Out of the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Supply chain logistics is on the dawn of a not-so-distant era, as robotics and artificial intelligence replace humans for the delivery and transport of goods across the supply chain.
Follow the Roadmap to Digital Transformation
Susan Fourtané  
2/20/2018   Post a comment
A focus on four key areas, including direction, experience, culture, and technology, can put the supply chain on the path to digital transformation, a new report said.
Politics & Manufacturing: A Guide to Unraveling the Issues
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/20/2018   (2) comments
New legislation in Europe, an election in the United States, or a policy by China all impact the day to day business of the electronics industry. Let us count the ways...
Rx Needed: Current Costing Practices Yield Little Accurate Info
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/19/2018   Post a comment
Barriers exist between the finance and supply chain functions but to get useful costing information it is critical to break down those walls.
AI Transforms Supply Chain Activities
Rajesh Kalidindi  
2/19/2018   (2) comments
Workers aren't too worried about machines replacing them, by some accounts. At the same time, humans are going to have to learn to work cooperatively with artificial intelligence.
Setting a Path to Process Automation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/16/2018   Post a comment
The road to process automation can be uphill and winding, but the benefits to getting there can be huge.
Living in the Shadow of Amazon: Learn the Lessons
Puga Sankara  
2/16/2018   (1) comment
Amazon is the elephant in the room where any supply chain conversation is happening. It's possible to take some good distribution center from those strategies.
5 Industrial Trends Transforming the Industrial Space
Simon Bhadra  
2/15/2018   (3) comments
E-commerce trends are changing the supply chain landscape, making transformation the word of the day.
What's the Scoop: Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Factory
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
2/14/2018   (6) comments
AI will be finding its way into smart factory solutions this year.We decided to ask the experts to find out how much progress we can expect once we unleash the power of this game changing technology.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain: Right to Repair Bill Ramifications
Pablo Valerio  
2/13/2018   (1) comment
Legislatures on both sides of the Atlantic are working towards regulations that will force manufacturers to make it easier to repair electronic devices. Some go as far as requiring that batteries are user replaceable. These new regulations, when enacted, will have a significant impact on manufacturing and the supply chain.
Breaking Through the Knowledge Barrier
Jerry Marino  
2/12/2018   (2) comments
Open knowledge bottlenecks and silos that strangle your organization.
Industry Pundits Look at Digital Disruption
Puga Sankara  
2/9/2018   (1) comment
A panel of industry luminaries tackled a range of questions about how digitalization is disrupting everything, and now organizations came out ahead.
Supply Chain Bets on Blockchain Benefits
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/9/2018   Post a comment
Many supply chain pros believe that blockchain has a potential deliver a business advantage.
US Tops the List for Disruptive Events to Supply Chain This Year
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/8/2018   Post a comment
In 2017, for the first time, the United States was the most impacted region in the world in terms of natural disasters and weather related events.
A Breakout Year for Product Uptime: Service as Product
Gary Brooks  
2/8/2018   Post a comment
0ne critical business function that is ripe for transformation is after-sales service - the service original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) deliver after the initial sales of their products.
Publisher's Perspective: We Become What We Behold
Victor Gao  
2/7/2018   Post a comment
In this first column of 2018, the publisher of AspenCore reflects on our journey the last three years and glimpses AspenCore's future
HP Announces 3D Printer for Full-Color Prototypes
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/6/2018   (2) comments
HP aims to put affordable 3D printing into the hands of small and mid-sized manufacturers who want to design and prototype.
Head in the Cloud: Forging a Path for the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/5/2018   (1) comment
Ubiquitous cloud platforms make an end to end supply chain increasingly possible, and the result is a better customer experience.
Millennials Identified as Potential Supply Chain Pros
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/2/2018   Post a comment
Millennial workers can be a huge boon to organizations looking to bolster supply chain talent.
Weighing Build Versus Buy with Supply Chain Apps
Puga Sankara  
2/2/2018   (2) comments
Having the right IT in the supply chain is critical. As always, organizations continue to need to weigh out whether to make what they need or buy the right solution.
Experts Leave: Don't Lose Supply Chain Knowledge Too
Jerry Marino  
2/1/2018   (3) comments
As key employees depart, they take expertise and proprietary knowledge with them. This is especially true of supply chain professionals, where there is today a large talent gap.




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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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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.