Posts posted in July 2012
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DRAM Pricing: Down Now, up Tomorrow?
Supply Chain Intelligence  
7/31/2012   (5) comments
Conditions in the semiconductor memory market remain fluid, and this is impacting average selling prices at manufacturers.
Panasonic, Toshiba Profitable; Demand Remains Weak
News of the Day  
7/31/2012   (4) comments
One year ago, Japanese companies were reporting their first full quarter of business following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The Customer Sneezed: What Happens Next?
Bolaji Ojo  
7/31/2012   (8) comments
High-tech and electronic equipment vendors are hurting due to the cloudy economic situation. How is this affecting the supply chain?
Sorting Out Counterfeit Electronic Parts in Russia
Ivan Pokrovsky  
7/31/2012   (9) comments
Counterfeiting of electronic components is a big and growing problem in Russia due to fundamental flaws in the supply chain.
Be Different: Hire an Industrial Designer
7/30/2012   (27) comments
Pricing and performance differences are vanishing in electronics, leaving design look and feel as key differentiators for manufacturers.
CA Opens Consumer Product Draft for Comment
News of the Day  
7/30/2012   (4) comments
The regulation would require product manufacturers, importers, and retailers to identify 1,200 chemicals in their products
TI to Beef Up Cash With $1B Offering
Bolaji Ojo  
7/30/2012   (12) comments
Texas Instruments plans a $1 billion debt offering that will barely increase its leverage. It may use the money for acquisitions.
The Multiple Levers of Reverse Logistics
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/30/2012   (5) comments
Reverse logistics can help improve the electronics supply chain and combat counterfeiting, and the largest distributors are showing how.
The Mini Supply Chain: Overlooked, yet Potent
7/27/2012   (19) comments
Treat operations within departments at your company as a mini supply chain, and you'll be surprised at the efficiencies that result.
Is Outsourcing Losing Its Appeal?
Tam Harbert  
7/27/2012   (60) comments
Some high-tech manufacturers are moving production back in-house, but is this the beginning of a trend or just another passing fad?
Earnings: Dark Clouds Hang Over Europe's Bellwethers
Logical Link  
7/26/2012   (24) comments
We knew Europe's economic problems would hurt the region's biggest electronic companies in the second quarter, but for how much longer?
My Fitbit Experiment: Week Two
Semico Spin  
7/26/2012   (10) comments
After two weeks with the Fitbit, our researcher is feeling a bit jaded but has some insights into how the market will shape up.
Is Apple Becoming Too Human?
Bolaji Ojo  
7/26/2012   (56) comments
Apple betrays its humanity by missing analysts' forecast, but it was never invincible, and it will slip in some markets it now dominates.
High-Tech & Obamacare
7/26/2012   (14) comments
What's the likely impact of the Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling on high-tech firms and on the sale of a technology business?
New Supply Chain Models Hit the Cloud
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/25/2012   (14) comments
Cloud technology is offering companies options for benefitting from the latest supply-management applications and reasonable costs.
The Information Squeeze
Tam Harbert  
7/25/2012   (12) comments
Regulatory authorities globally are asking manufacturers to disclose detailed information on their supply chains. Are you in compliance?
Safeguarding the Supply Chain
Logical Link  
7/25/2012   (2) comments
Keeping the electronics supply chain secure has become a critical operational function at many OEMs and suppliers.
Before Shipping Your Electronic Wastes to India
Ken Manchen  
7/24/2012   (19) comments
India has issued strict rules on the collection and disposal of electronic waste, and vendors around the world must prepare for the changes.
The Power & Benefits of Customer Survey
7/24/2012   (6) comments
Surveying customers will help you know their needs, your strengths and weaknesses, and how to maintain your company's competitiveness.
The Evolving Cost of Labor
Wade McDaniel  
7/24/2012   (16) comments
Labor rates are critical in selecting production facilities, but other metrics can help paint a more comprehensive picture.
Nokia Gets Slapped Down, Again
Bolaji Ojo  
7/23/2012   (17) comments
Moody's and Fitch have reduced their debt ratings for Nokia again, citing concerns about its profit outlook.
High-Tech Can't Shake off Nagging Concerns
Greg Andrews  
7/23/2012   (4) comments
Survey finds electronics manufacturers see plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but concerns persist about strength of customer demand.
Nokia's Slump Deepens, But Maybe There's Hope
Logical Link  
7/23/2012   (9) comments
Nokia announced another loss amidst falling sales, but shipments of its Lumia smartphone increased, though they trail rivals.
Can Too Much Information Sharing Kill Innovation?
Pascal Fernandez  
7/23/2012   (4) comments
Information sharing between business partners can be useful, but the drive for innovation suffers when there is too much information.
The Limits of Lean
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/23/2012   (10) comments
Recent developments indicate the famed supply chain management principle known as "lean" may itself have some limitations.
Man, Machines & the Limits of Technology
Bolaji Ojo  
7/22/2012   (12) comments
If your supply chain support system hums and drones but offers fewer human interactions, you may have handed an edge to rivals.
A Roundup of the Latest Results
News of the Day  
7/20/2012   (7) comments
In general, chip sales are down; IP&E and manufacturing did better.
Distributors & the Mystery of Counterfeit Parts
Tam Harbert  
7/20/2012   (7) comments
A figure from a three-year-old US government study on electronics counterfeiting remains under dispute.
A First-Hand Brush With Lean, JIT, and Outsourcing
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/20/2012   (5) comments
A lot of things that work in theory don't work in practice.
To Win, Focus on Speed, Not Just Cost
iSuppli EMS, ODM Insights  
7/19/2012   (16) comments
Speed, not just lower costs, is the killer attribute OEM customers are seeking from outsourced manufacturing services providers.
Apple 'Sentenced' to Letter-Writing
News of the Day  
7/19/2012   (30) comments
A UK judge is requiring that Apple acknowledge, in writing, that Samsung did not infringe on the iPad patent.
Chip Forecast Positive Despite Weak Economy
News of the Day  
7/19/2012   (8) comments
IDC forecasts semiconductor sales will increase almost 5 percent in 2012 despite persistent economic weakness in the global economy.
When a Supplier Goes the Second Mile
7/19/2012   (5) comments
Winning in the electronics manufacturing industry often involves being prepared to do a lot more than the customer expects.
5 Takeaways From Intel's Q2 Results
Bolaji Ojo  
7/18/2012   (3) comments
Intel is seizing the current market weakness to cut the use of older equipment, and changes are occurring in distribution and elsewhere.
Printed-Electronics Standard Released
News of the Day  
7/18/2012   (4) comments
One of the reasons this very practical technology has lagged is a lack of standards.
Catastrophe Lurks: Are You Insured & Ready?
Tam Harbert  
7/18/2012   (5) comments
Insurance and high-tech companies can't decide on how to quantify supply chain risks, but the dangers remain persistently high.
My Fitbit Experiment: Week 1 Summary
Semico Spin  
7/18/2012   (7) comments
After one week of using the Fitbit equipment, our researcher is beginning to obsess a bit over its goals and requirements.
Intel Cuts Q3 Forecasts, Blames Tough Economy
News of the Day  
7/17/2012   (14) comments
Intel reduced its third quarter revenue projection and said the global economic environment remains challenging.
One-Blue's 5 Steps to Effective Patent Licensing
Bolaji Ojo  
7/17/2012   (4) comments
The IP licensing industry is broken in places, but amid the battery of lawsuits, one company has developed a solution for high-tech manufacturers.
Inventory Optimization: A Never-Ending Race
Logical Link  
7/17/2012   (4) comments
Having contingency inventory fulfillment plans has never been more critical in electronics manufacturing.
Counterfeiters: Merchants of Death
7/17/2012   (10) comments
Counterfeiters may consider their actions harmless, but what they do can jeopardize lives and destroy properties and businesses.
Opportunities Beckon as Risks Rise
Dennis Omanoff  
7/17/2012   (4) comments
With smart preparations and scenario planning, a manufacturer can transform challenging supply chain situations into sales opportunities.
Reducing a Design's Total Cost of Ownership
Peter Cornelius  
7/17/2012   (2) comments
Small and medium high-tech manufacturers with limited R&D budget can find support for their designs at specialized distributors.
Will Online Taxes Change Buying Habits?
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/17/2012   (4) comments
Currently, buyers pay sales tax on online purchases if the retailer also maintains a physical presence in the buyer's state.
Does RIM Have an App Developer Crisis?
Bolaji Ojo  
7/16/2012   (9) comments
RIM says app developers aren't fleeing, but have they relegated RIM to second place? To win them back, RIM needs winning products.
The Cloud & the Supply Chain: A Match Made in Heaven
At the Source  
7/16/2012   (7) comments
High-tech equipment vendors are using cloud-based computing power for supply chain efficiencies, with some clearly positive results so far.
Apple's EPEAT Fiasco
Michael Kirschner  
7/16/2012   (7) comments
Environmental regulations aren't perfect, but Apple's attempt to withdraw from EPEAT would have been more damaging.
Inside a Counterfeiting Investigation
Tam Harbert  
7/16/2012   (13) comments
We unearth details of a US government investigation and prosecution of two counterfeiters of electronic components.
Supplier Hit Parade, Part 2
7/16/2012   (10) comments
Here are key characteristics many purchasing managers consider when rating suppliers and evaluating prospects for a long-term relationship.
How Apple Can Use Its Power
News of the Day  
7/13/2012   (25) comments
Public pressure on Apple helped change the way Foxconn treats its workers. Maybe Apple can influence environmental standards.
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