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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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EBN@C-Level: Sourceability Offers Alternative to Traditional Electronics Distribution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/9/2019   (2) comments
We sat down with founder and CEO of Sourceability Jens Gamperl to talk about how his company is developing a new distribution model that focuses on being a technology platform.
Batteries Move from Product to Service
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/7/2019   Post a comment
Global Technology Systems (GTS) is looking to shift that model from buying batteries to “as-a-service” support of the products, in hopes of giving OEMs a new way of interacting over time customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Friday Promises Good Things for Electronics OEMs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/23/2018   (1) comment
Electronics are a popular purchases on Black Friday--here's a look at some of the statistics behind the holiday.
25 Graduate Supply Chain Programs That Lead the Pack
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/15/2018   (1) comment
More and more graduate programs are on hand for those who want to continue their supply chain education or gain new skills at a graduate level. Here's a list of the best of the best.
EBN@C-Level: Crowdsource Phenom Partners for Supply Chain Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/13/2018   Post a comment
Crowdfunding electronics hardware often run aground in the move from idea to manufactured products. We sat down with one successful entrepreneur to find out the secret to success.
Supply Chain Extends as AI & ML Enable Predictive Maintenance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/9/2018   (1) comment
OEMs aren't quite ready to abandon their traditional break fix model for equipment, but end users are pushing hard for servitization so the shift is on the horizon.
Supply Chain Blockchain Builds Transparency & Trust
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/2/2018   (2) comments
Blockchain benefits to supply chain are clear: transparency, security, traceability and more. Here's a look at the current state of the technology.
Oracle Extends Blockchain Offerings with Track & Trace, Transparency
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/23/2018   Post a comment
Oracle introduces blockchain applications aimed at enhancing traceability and transparency throughout the value chain.
Supply Chain Innovation Continues, But Slowly
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/19/2018   (1) comment
Organizations are optimistic about the promise of supply chain technology but implementation and adoption are slow.
25 Best Undergrad Supply Chain University Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/18/2018   Post a comment
Gartner compiled a list of the best and brightest programs for undergraduate supply chain studies.
Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/12/2018   (5) comments
Emerging technologies such as digital authentication are creating tools that are up to the task of safeguarding against fraudsters hoping to cash in with counterfeit components.
Master Electronics Offers OEMs Tariff Relief
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/11/2018   Post a comment
Distributor Master Electronics is trying to address the tariff challenge facing OEMs a little differently: Master has made itself a self-described tariff free zone.
IoT of Octoberfest: Beer Company Toasts Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/5/2018   (1) comment
A small brewing company can teach electronics OEMs a lesson about blockchain.
4 Factors to Consider When Optimizing the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/28/2018   Post a comment
Organizations can must implement strategic, innovative and customer-centric models to compete in today’s global market. This infographic shows the path forward.
EBN@C-Level: Fitbit Leverages Supply Chain to Make Everyone Healthier
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with Kevin Purser, head of global supply chain sourcing & procurement at Fitbit to find out about the company’s supply chain strategy.
Climate & Supply Chain: Risk Versus Reward
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/21/2018   Post a comment
Climate change should top the list of concerns for global electronics OEMs.
EBN@C-Level: Industry Veteran Offers Snapshot of High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/12/2018   (3) comments
We sat down with Akhil Oltikar, co-founder and CEO of Omnics, which makes supply chain planning solutions, to talk about the ins and outs of the shifting supply chain landscape.
Vishay Intertechnology Diversifies as End-Markets Expand
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/10/2018   (1) comment
Known for specialized components, Vishay is enjoying the opportunity to sell to a broader audience in the face of demand that is outstripping supply.
HP Announced Metals 3D Printing Technology for Mass Production
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/10/2018   (5) comments
HP announced its Metal Jet Technology that promises production speeds for metal 3D printed parts that provide low cost and high quality.
GM Secures Supplier Ecosystem with Coding Standards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/7/2018   Post a comment
GM is setting software standards for its suppliers in hopes of maximizing safety.
California Prop 65 Update Potentially Impacts Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/5/2018   (6) comments
California's Prop 65 update should have electronics companies working or selling in the state to think about what they are putting in their products.
Employees Mostly Happy, Labor Day Survey Finds
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/31/2018   Post a comment
Is there such a thing as Labor Day resolutions? High-tech leaders should commit to retaining good hires and increasing their job satisfaction.
Chasing the Purple Unicorn: Attracting Supply Chain Superstars
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/24/2018   (1) comment
Supply chain and procurement roles have a lot to offer recent grads, but organizations need to market the opportunities and make good choices.
Supply Chain & Cybersecurity: Hackers Take Aim
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/22/2018   (1) comment
Global electronic manufacturers are at greater risk than ever before and may be at the top of the hit list for many cyber-criminals, espionage and hacktivist groups looking for an opportunity to disrupt key business activities, steal intellectual property (IP) and achieve monetary, strategic and political gain.
EBN@C-Level: SAP Ariba President Speaks to the Evolution of Strategic Procurement
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/17/2018   (3) comments
We sat down with Barry Padgett, president of SAP Ariba to find out a little more about his company and ask about the most exciting trends in the procurement software market.
Oracle Launches Cloud-Based Transportation & Trade Apps
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud aim to reduce costs, streamline trade regulatory compliance, and accelerate customer fulfillment.
Electronic Shortages Bad & Getting Worse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/10/2018   (2) comments
Everything from capacitors to hard disk drives is in short supply. There’s no end in sight.
GrandCanals Upgrades Fulfillment & Delivery Platform with Real-Time Capabilities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/8/2018   (1) comment
Version 4.0 of GrandCanals Fulfillment Intelligence Cloud adds real time carrier delivery performance monitoring and alerts and tracking for customer deliveries to allow organizations to improve the customer experience and build loyalty through better visibility and proactive communication.
EBN@C-Level: Fusion Worldwide on Component Shortages & Independent Distribution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/6/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with two executives from Fusion Worldwide, which sources, stocks and delivers electronic components and finished goods to a variety of customers to talk about the current shortages, as well as how the independent distribution market is evolving and changing.
Make U.S. High-Tech Manufacturing Tempting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
8/3/2018   (1) comment
Manufacturing Day is just around the corner. It's time to think about raising the profile of high-tech electronics manufacturing in the United States.
Cloud SCM Brings China SMEs Opportunity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
China, a key geography for high-tech and electronics, is slowly but surely adopting supply chain management technology. Now, emerging standards, government incentives, and customer demands are coming together to speed adoption.
19 High-Tech Crowdsource Campaigns with Summer Sizzle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/24/2018   (1) comment
We combed the Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding sites to find technology projects both fun and frivolous. Here's the best that the summer has to offer.
Indian Engineers Face Corporate Learning Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/20/2018   Post a comment
The IET conducted a survey targeting the large and mid-sized organizations in India to understand skilling priorities.
25 Most Resilient High-Tech Supply Chains
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/19/2018   Post a comment
Particularly in the high-tech space, with its inherent volatility and global reach, resiliency is a key component of success. Here are the companies that are leading the charge in resiliency efforts.
Automotive Advances Offer Big Win for Electronic Component Makers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/13/2018   Post a comment
As cars incorporate more sophisticated features, electronic component makers are the happy winners as demand for components rises.
EBN@C-Level: How Sager Meets Market Flux Head-On
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/9/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with two executives from Sager Electronics to get an inside look at how one leading company is approaching the market.
Sustainability Clauses: CSR in Contracts Yields Mixed But Promising Results
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/22/2018   Post a comment
New regulations and increasing pressure regarding sustainability make it crucial for businesses to demonstrate due diligence on environmental, social and ethical risks. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)1 requirements in contracts are a good place to start.
Supply Chain Wages Beat Business Averages
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/15/2018   (1) comment
If the numbers on a pay stub is a key driver for people when picking a profession (and by all accounts it is), supply chain management is ripe for attracting the best and brightest workers.
Component Shortages Exacerbate Counterfeit Worries
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/1/2018   (1) comment
Components of all sorts, from passives to semiconductors, have lately been in short supply, which has OEMs worried. Worse, as manufacturers scramble to meet deadlines and demands the problem of counterfeit components is becoming more problematic than before.
Cyberattacks, Global Conflict, Fire & Killer Storms Top Worldwide Resilience Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/18/2018   Post a comment
Weather events and fires are always top of mind. Now, however, cyber risks and global politics are taking center stage in terms of challenging organizational resilience, the 2018 FM Global Resilience Index found.
Ford Production Woes Teach Supply Chain Lessons
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/17/2018   (2) comments
Ford has hit the headlines lately as a factory fire shut down the manufacturing line of its best-selling truck. The unfortunate incident offers a good reminder about the tenuous nature of even the best supply chain.
Oracle AI Cloud App Promises Smart Manufacturing Capabilities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/14/2018   Post a comment
Oracle launches new manufacturing app for intelligent decision making to increase yields and enhance production efficiency.
Cost-Cutting Tip: Retain Great Supply Chain Employees
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/11/2018   (1) comment
Employee retention should be top of mind for smart supply chain managers, both for practical and financial reasons.
20 High-Tech Companies Leading the Charge to Good
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/10/2018   Post a comment
A variety of high-tech and electronics related organizations claimed a spot on the list of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies. These companies know that ethics and compliance efforts hit the bottom line.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Elizabeth Richter, Flex
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/8/2018   Post a comment
Elizabeth Richter, who is currently serving as chief of staff for the chief procurement and supply chain officer at contract manufacturer Flex, describes her current job as “supply chain heaven.” We decided to find out why.
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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.