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New Cybersecurity Reg Puts Suppliers on the Defensive
Tam Harbert  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
A new cybersecurity regulation that goes into effect at the beginning of next year impacts all suppliers who supplies products on defense contracts.
Tesla Draws on Far-Flung Sources to Supply Gigafactory
Tam Harbert  
9/28/2015   Post a comment
Tesla's new gigafactory in Nevada may be located in the U.S. but the organization's supply chain reaches across the globe.
Legislation Around the World Addresses Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
8/27/2015   (1) comment
Around the world, various nations are working to create legislation and best practices around eradicating human trafficking from the supply chain.
3 Overlooked Locales for a Distribution Center
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8/20/2015   Post a comment
Location, location, location... Picking the right place to put an electronics distribution warehouse can be a chore. A recent study, though, identifies some little known but promising locales.
Small Cloud Providers Serve Supply Chain Management Market
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7/9/2015   Post a comment
Supply chain managers have a wealth of choices when it comes to SCM and procurement software.
4 Places that Drones May Invade the Supply Chain
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4/27/2015   Post a comment
Drones are already being used commercially and some not-quite-so-obvious applications for the supply chain are emerging for this hot technology.
Takata Nightmare Teaches Supply Chain Lessons
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3/23/2015   Post a comment
Takata's faulty airbags have captured headlines, but by digging a little deeper, this cautionary tale also holds some good reminders for electronics supply chain pros.
Autonomous Vehicles Hold More Near-Term Promise for the Supply Chain Than the Road
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1/29/2015   Post a comment
While automomous vehicles have serious drawbacks that may keep them off the roads except in fanciful television shows, this technology may offer some real benefit to the electronics warehouse.
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
Management Neglects Supply Chain Talent
Tam Harbert  
12/1/2014   (8) comments
Companies need to up their game when it comes to nurturing and encouraging supply chain talent. A new study offers helpful tips.
Mean, Lean, Supply Chain Machine
Tam Harbert  
9/3/2014   (5) comments
Lenovo, via acquisition and organic growth, has become one of the biggest players in the supply chain game.
The Internet of Things: Revolution or Anarchy?
Tam Harbert  
8/22/2014   (3) comments
While there are wildly differing predictions about how many "things" will be connected to the Internet, all of them say it will be an enormous number.
Intelís Foundry Goal: Next-Gen Systems?
Tam Harbert  
5/13/2014   (10) comments
Intel's foundry profile is on the rise, but the question remains about where the chip maker really intends to go.
Just One Word on the Future of Electronics CMs: Plastics
Tam Harbert  
3/26/2014   (4) comments
Today's US electronics manufacturing service providers are looking for greener pastures, which may leave computer and consumer electronics companys in a difficult position.
LSI/Avago Merger: A Union of Impeccable Lineage
Tam Harbert  
2/18/2014   (6) comments
Avago and LSI have bloodlines reaching back to Fairchild Semiconductor, HP, and Bell Labs. Now they are combining resources.
Xilinx/Flextronics Suit Shines Light on the Gray Market
Tam Harbert  
1/28/2014   (60) comments
Xilinx has brought Flextronics to court -- and the lawsuit provides an opportunity for the industry to take a good long look at the gray market.
Shutdown Grazes Tech Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
11/21/2013   (4) comments
The federal government shutdown didn't bring business to a halt, but business did get grazed, and, as always, there will be an impact in the electronics supply chain.
The Hidden Risks of ODM Overdependence
Tam Harbert  
10/29/2013   (2) comments
ODMs are taking center stage with many OEMs, but on the shadow side, this approach has some pitfalls.
Never-Ending Conflict (Minerals)?
Tam Harbert  
10/17/2013   (11) comments
Conflict minerals may be taking a broader scope, to include more places and substances than ever before.
OEMs Between a Rack & a Hard Place
Tam Harbert  
9/5/2013   (10) comments
As cloud providers roll their own servers, traditional OEMs find themselves between a rack and a hard place.
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.
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.
Supply Chain Management Gets Some Respect
Tam Harbert  
7/31/2013   (20) comments
Today, more universities and colleges are offering programs for supply chain management and salaries are on the rise. How can the industry help get students interested in entering the supply chain profession?
Manufacturing Trends Revolutionize Procurement
Tam Harbert  
6/26/2013   (17) comments
In the wake of the new industrial revolution, supply chain professionals will need to think about their jobs in whole new ways.
Solid State Memory Gains on HDDs
Tam Harbert  
6/13/2013   (13) comments
Price is no longer a dealbreaker in using solid state memory in devices like PCs and servers that traditionally favored hard disk drives.
TSI Finds New Life in an Old Fab
Tam Harbert  
6/6/2013   (11) comments
CEO Sagar Pushpala finds a niche in a growing market to produce chips in an old NEC plant.
Did Japan Tsunamis, Thailand Floods Lessons Sink in?
Tam Harbert  
5/13/2013   (5) comments
It's the supply chain's watch phrase: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Qualcomm Rides the Mobile Wave
Tam Harbert  
5/3/2013   (8) comments
Qualcomm has launched a big push to spread its cellular technology, and thus increase its royalty income, not to mention chip sales, beyond mobile phones.
What Chip Vulnerabilities May Be Lurking in Commercial IT Systems?
Tam Harbert  
4/16/2013   (8) comments
When hackers got into a mil-grade FPGA, alarm bells went off. The vendor says what they found was a key security feature, but concern remains.
Jerry Fishmanís Lasting Legacy at Analog Devices
Tam Harbert  
4/3/2013   (2) comments
Analog Devices CEO Jerry Fishman died suddenly at the age of 67, but his legacy for ADI and the industry will linger.
Software Supply Chain's Soft Underbelly
Tam Harbert  
3/25/2013   (15) comments
To protect against hacks, corporations need to institute a formal IT supply chain risk-management program.
IT Needs More Careful Sourcing
Tam Harbert  
3/22/2013   (14) comments
The Chinese are breaking the rules. So is the US. That doesn't mean you don't need to be vigilant about your supply chain security.
Will Huge Patent Award Roil the Supply Chain?
Tam Harbert  
3/11/2013   (3) comments
A billion-dollar patent-infringement award for a major university sends ripples throughout the supply chain.
As PC Market Shrinks, ODMs Seek Greener Pastures: Server Farms
Tam Harbert  
1/7/2013   (2) comments
While design has become more important for consumer products like tablets, smartphones, and laptops, the trend has gone the other way for servers.
Chip Processor War Moves to Servers Market
Tam Harbert  
12/20/2012   (16) comments
After beating Intel in the mobile microprocessor market, ARM is aiming for the server sector with some support from OEMs.
Is Intel Next to Get a Woman CEO?
Tam Harbert  
11/26/2012   (28) comments
HP and IBM have led the way. Is Intel next in appointing a female as CEO and helping to shatter the glass ceiling in the corner office?
Stability at Last in DRAM Market?
Tam Harbert  
11/12/2012   (8) comments
The DRAM market is evolving rapidly, and changes in the end markets mean surviving suppliers face a better, more profitable future
Deafening Silence on Technology in US Elections
Tam Harbert  
11/5/2012   (1) comment
US presidential candidates Obama and Romney talk about creating new jobs, but neither says much about the tech industry.
Is America Losing the Battle for Tech Talent?
Tam Harbert  
10/29/2012   (37) comments
Misguided immigration policies and political deadlock in Washington are driving away technology talents from the US.
Will Vertical Integration in Mobile Shut Processor Vendors Out?
Tam Harbert  
10/18/2012   (7) comments
Amazon's purported interest in TI's mobile chip business is bigger than smartphones, says one analyst: It's about owning the supply chain.
Tech Firms Dominate Hot Startup List
Tam Harbert  
10/12/2012   (4) comments
Wireless networking and chip firms are among the group of tech companies dominating a Wall Street Journal list of hot startups.
Partisan Quibbling Kills Green Card Bill
Tam Harbert  
10/5/2012   (7) comments
Congressional gridlock terminated a bipartisan agreement to give US-educated foreigners the chance to stay in the country.
Kudos to Apple for an Incredibly Efficient Supply Chain
Tam Harbert  
10/3/2012   (11) comments
Apple shipped 5 million iPhone 5s in the first weekend, demonstrating the efficiency of its supply chain. Give the company some credit.
DOJ Wants to Make an Example of AU Optronics
Tam Harbert  
9/20/2012   (7) comments
In an LCD price-fixing case, the Justice Department is determined to send a message of zero tolerance to the electronics industry.
Clueless in China
Tam Harbert  
9/17/2012   (6) comments
By acting as if they don't care about labor violations, some OEMs in China are fueling their critics.
Patagonia Raises the Bar in Sourcing Transparency
Tam Harbert  
9/11/2012   (6) comments
The clothing manufacturer Patagonia sets major examples for how companies can make their supply chain transparent and responsible.
Resolving the Conflict Over 'Conflict Minerals'
Tam Harbert  
9/7/2012   (23) comments
SEC takes the final step in helping companies deal with the problem of conflict minerals, but hurdles remain for electronic manufacturers
US Government Fails Counterfeit Detection 101
Tam Harbert  
8/29/2012   (14) comments
Branches of the US government failed to alert the Defense Department to the presence of fake parts in the military supply chain.
Robots Take the Next Step in Automation
Tam Harbert  
8/24/2012   (35) comments
Robots could be poised to revolutionize both electronics manufacturing and distribution.
Big-Data, Big Problem
Tam Harbert  
8/21/2012   (18) comments
High-tech equipment vendors generate a vast amount of data daily, but analyzing and using the information remains a major challenge.
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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.