Posts posted in August 2013
Emerging Trends Cause Distribution & Supply Chain Strategy Re-Think
Logical Link  
8/30/2013   (17) comments
Emerging trends related to intelligent robotics, product design changes, and open-source electronics could shift how current supply chains work.
Shop Local, a Real-World Business Tale
Frank Cavallaro  
8/30/2013   (17) comments
Looming budget cuts can result in stockpiling. Before you finalize your budget, find out what you really need.
The Transition to the Self-Assembly Line
Susan Fourtané  
8/29/2013   (55) comments
Self-assembly technology is touching many manufacturing sectors, but it promises great things especially for the electronics supply chain.
The Future of Demand Response Technologies
Brian Fuller  
8/29/2013   (16) comments
A look at power generation and smart-grid management, and a future that commonly includes “automatic” demand response, in which the consumer has signed on to let the utility manage the household’s energy use during peak times.
Who’s Driving the Design Chain?
Suzanne Deffree  
8/28/2013   (23) comments
Just as the term “distribution” is evolving, so is the design chain. Happily, that move is for the better.
3D Printing Gets Beyond Star Trek
Jim O'Reilly  
8/28/2013   (19) comments
3D printing is having a major impact on how we build. However, there is a bunch of hype obscuring the exciting reality.
Foundry Model Challenges Intel
Tam Harbert  
8/28/2013   (23) comments
Always known as a chip manufacturer, Intel is making moves into offering excess capacity to others. That may prove a challenging transition.
Metcalfe’s Law & the Future of Driving
Junko Yoshida  
8/28/2013   (5) comments
The automotive industry is about to step into a brave new world where the network effect rules.
3D Microbatteries: A Future Option for Ultralow-Power Applications?
Bill Schweber  
8/28/2013   (6) comments
Even those tiny micropower circuits need a source of power, and that source is a distinct, discrete component, of course -- and often physically larger than the circuit it supplies.
Small Satellite Computer Developed for 'Flying Laptop'
Rich Pell  
8/28/2013   (10) comments
A satellite computer designed to serve as the basis of a small, reusable satellite platform has been developed by students at the University of Stuttgart.
Microprocessor Supply Orders Hit a Record Year
Marc Herman  
8/27/2013   (24) comments
It looks like $61 billion is the emerging number for the quarter's microprocessor sales -- and all that has to be supplied.
Live Chat 8/28: Discovering New Dimensions in Printing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/26/2013   (17) comments
On Wednesday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET, we'll be gathering in the EBN Live Chat area to delve into what 3D and 4D printing may mean for the supply chain.
Get Beyond Competition With Trading Partners
Scott Koegler  
8/26/2013   (8) comments
Today's economic realities can put OEMs and retailers in a competitive struggle. Good communication and transparency can make all the difference.
Smart Metrics Increase Profits
Frank Cavallaro  
8/23/2013   (14) comments
Want to increase your profits? Get granular when looking at your financials.
Supply-Chain Disruptions Hurt Performance & Take a Hefty Toll
Logical Link  
8/22/2013   (12) comments
Supply-chain disruptions cause a company’s performance indicators to fall, but a recent MIT study shows how companies can mitigate risk.
Living at the Top of the Supply Chain Hierarchy
Ken Bradley  
8/22/2013   (11) comments
Focusing on the top of the supply chain hierarchy of needs can streamline supplier partnerships.
Court Upholds Conflict Minerals Rule
Peter Buxbaum  
8/21/2013   (14) comments
A recent court ruling shows that companies stalling on conflict minerals compliance have to get moving.
Apple's Supply Break With Samsung Boosts Semi Foundries
Marc Herman  
8/21/2013   (35) comments
Apple's dropping Samsung as its sole foundry partner made big news, but the implications may go further than we suspect.
GlobalFoundries Rumored to Get a Bite of Apple Chip Business
Tam Harbert  
8/20/2013   (26) comments
The stars seem to be aligning for the second largest foundry in the world to get the attention of Apple manufacturing.
4D Printing & the Future of Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
8/19/2013   (73) comments
4D printing will bring manufacturing to the next level. Let's talk about how the electronics sector might benefit.
Electronics Sales: Ford Had It Right
Frank Cavallaro  
8/16/2013   (11) comments
Here's how to make it easy for your customers to choose your company and your electronics products.
PAE Litigation Bludgeons Electronics Supply Chain
At the Source  
8/15/2013   (9) comments
Patent assertion entities are the bane of the electronics industry. It's time for the supply chain to use its influence to demand an end to the unfair business environment they create.
IECQ Launches Anticounterfeit Certification Program
Peter Buxbaum  
8/14/2013   (17) comments
The idea behind the anticounterfeiting certification program is that manufacturers and distributors can promote their products and services as adhering to a recognized program to combat counterfeiting.
The First 3 Steps to a Mobile Supply Chain
Laurie Sullivan  
8/13/2013   (13) comments
The ability to make changes to your supply chain from a mobile device will prove invaluable. Here are three important considerations to help secure the mobile app between your company's enterprise platform and your supplier's.
Live Chat 8/15: Avoid the Counterfeit Trap
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/12/2013   (8) comments
Counterfeit components are a growing problem in the supply chain, but there are things you can do to make sure you aren't a victim. We've invited Anne Ting, EVP of marketing, and Steve Martin, EVP of sales, both from Components Direct, to field your questions.
Check Your Passives First
Michael Allen  
8/12/2013   (18) comments
Mislabeled passive components are surprisingly common. Avoid field failures by catching them before they're placed on your printed circuit boards.
Hire the Pick of the Supply Chain Litter
Frank Cavallaro  
8/9/2013   (11) comments
Too many jobs and not enough qualified people, that's the current supply chain reality. To retain top talent, organizations need to get smarter.
Manufacturers Optimistic About US Economy
Logical Link  
8/8/2013   (13) comments
Manufacturers are upbeat about the US economy, which could have a positive ripple effect further down the electronics supply chain.
US Electronics Growth Slow, Steady
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/8/2013   (8) comments
Sometimes slow growth is hard to spot, but the future of the electronics industry seems to be on a positive trajectory.
Bringing Omnichannel Experience to Electronics Customers
Change in the Chain  
8/7/2013   (7) comments
Shoppers are searching for an omnichannel experience. Electronics OEMs need to consider that in their reverse logistics planning.
Tables Turning in Shipper/Carrier Relationship
Gerry Fay  
8/6/2013   (5) comments
It is more critical than ever that today's shipping customers make a concerted effort to be good customers.
RoHS2 Deadline Upon Us
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/5/2013   (11) comments
The timeline for compliance with RoHS2 is upon us.
3 Steps to a Simpler Budget Cycle
Frank Cavallaro  
8/2/2013   (7) comments
Applying these three simple rules will make your budget cycle easier and more meaningful.
Is Apple Losing Its Smartphone & Tablet Shine?
Suzanne Deffree  
8/1/2013   (53) comments
If you've been keeping up with recent smartphone and tablet market research, you might be wondering if Apple's charm over consumers has been broken.

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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.