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Component Shortages Define First Half of 2018...& Beyond
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/20/2018   Post a comment
Component shortages, which plagued the industry last year, are likely continue and even get worse.
9 Rising Supply Chain Stars Set the Bar for the Electronics Industry
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/19/2018   Post a comment
The winners of its 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program includes promising young professionals working in the high-tech and electronics sectors at well-known component makers, distributors, and contract manufacturers.
Virtual Reality Creates New Reality for Field Service in the Supply Chain
Manuel Grenacher  
4/19/2018   Post a comment
The most innovative virtual reality technologies are set to make waves in supply chain field service in 2018 and beyond.
Omnichain: The Cloud Approach to Supply Chain Operations for SMBs
Gavin Davidson  
4/18/2018   (1) comment
If a faster, more cost-effective business is on your agenda, it’s time to think in terms of the omnichain.
Tesla's Supply Chain Miracle Dissected
B. Cameron Gain  
4/17/2018   Post a comment
Tesla nearly made its goals for Q1 production...and a lot of the credit goes to smart supply chain changes.
Auto Makers Find a Million Reasons to Measure Defective Parts Per Billion in 2018
Michael Schuldenfrei  
4/17/2018   Post a comment
Whether in consumer electronics, autonomous cars, or IOT systems, every detail of the manufacturing process is becoming “mission-critical.” One small defect at any point in a supply chain can have colossal ramifications.
IoT & the Future of the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/13/2018   (1) comment
The positive impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology on supply chain related processes is likely to be immense.
What's the Scoop: Blockchain & the Supply Chain
Philip Stoten  
4/12/2018   Post a comment
There's a lot of hype around block chain. We decided to talk to some industry leaders to sort out what's real and what's wishful thinking when it comes to the promise of blockchain in the supply chain.
AI/Machine Learning Streamlines Trade Finance
Veena Gundavelli  
4/11/2018   (2) comments
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) promise to revolutionize business. They are good at exactly the processes where humans are poor – complicated, well-defined tasks that demand constant attention to detail.
Terrifying Tariffs: U.S. Manufacturers Brace for Disruption
Barbara Jorgensen  
4/10/2018   Post a comment
In the wake of changes in U.S. tariffs, manufacturers are worried that the impact will be tough to take.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Actionable Data
Philip Stoten  
4/10/2018   Post a comment
Data, data everywhere. It’s like water, if it’s not fit for consumption it’s no good to anyone. A focus on collecting data doesn’t serve us well, unless of course you’re selling data storage solution. What the industry needs to move from information to intelligence, is actionable data that improves and accelerates decision making. Better decision, made faster.
Automation Frees CSRs for Customer Care
Steve Smith  
4/9/2018   Post a comment
Manual business document processes keep customer service representatives (CSRs) from focusing on their primary concern: the customer. Automating those processes can greatly improve the customer experience and the bottom line.
You Can't Improve What You Can't See: Controlling Your Delivery Network & Experience
Mike Comstock  
4/5/2018   (6) comments
Companies have turned fulfillment into a source of competitive differentiation equal in importance to brand, selection, and price.
Manufacturers Digitize to Compete with the Amazon Effect
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/5/2018   Post a comment
As consumer expect more from retailers, the pressure to perform is pushed upstream to the manufacturer. Digitalization is going to be a key part of staying ahead, a new survey found.
As the Skilled Labor Force Disappears, How Can Manufacturing Grow?
Bhavnesh Patel  
4/4/2018   (1) comment
Skilled laborers are leaving the workforce in droves. More than two million jobs will be unfulfilled. It’s time to start optimizing how we find and hire our limited supply of skilled laborers.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Cyber Physical Systems
Philip Stoten  
4/3/2018   Post a comment
This discussion and debate around cyber physical systems consider how groups of machines, and therefore groups of vendors and their software systems, can work together to deliver enhanced value in the smart factory.
Answering 4 Common Questions About Autonomous Mobile Robots
Ed Mullen  
4/2/2018   (1) comment
Although we are starting to see real use of robots, , questions still remain about how they are being used and whether their human counterparts are safe working alongside them.
Amazon & Uber Digitize Logistics
Molly Connell  
3/30/2018   (2) comments
Well-known companies originally not focused on logistics\ are devoting more and more attention to shipping and the power of digitization.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Eco Design
Philip Stoten  
3/29/2018   (2) comments
Getting the design of the supply chain right at the start is key to success as is communications and collaboration up and down that supply chain.
Retaining Women in Tech Takes More Than Training
Ariella Brown  
3/28/2018   (1) comment
To assure the supply of qualified people coming in to the high-tech electronics supply chain, we have to stop thinking in terms in terms of stereotypes and clear the way for women to get on board.
Cyberattacks on American Factories Are Real
Frank Cavallaro  
3/27/2018   Post a comment
The threat of cyberattack is real. In fact, American factories have quietly been growing more and more susceptible to threats over time.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Mexico Manufacturing
Philip Stoten  
3/27/2018   Post a comment
Competitive labor costs and proximity to the world’s largest consumer market make Mexico an excellent location to manufacture electronics and other goods.
Challenges with China
EBN Poll  
3/26/2018   Post a comment
3 Startups Hoping to Blockchain the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
3/26/2018   (2) comments
Ahead of the almost inevitable wave of startups yet to be created for supply chain-related requirements, we found three companies that sparked our interest.
Tips For Manufactures in Mexico to Boost Industrial Purchases
Michael Cuesta  
3/26/2018   (1) comment
Smart manufactures realize that e-commerce is creating plenty of opportunity in Mexico, one of the world’s largest exporting countries.
Build a Data-Driven Warehouse
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/23/2018   Post a comment
For logistics providers and manufacturers, the right sort of data can increase efficiency without cutting profitability.
42 Grams Movie Teaches Team Building
Puga Sankara  
3/23/2018   (2) comments
I saw a great movie lately, and it pointed to a great reminder about management basics.
Customer Centricity & the Supply Chain: One Manufacturer's Perspective
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2018   Post a comment
By moving from a supply driven to a demand driven model, Schneider Electric has leveraged its supply chain in innovative ways.
Trade Tools Deliver Freight Visibility & Transparency
Barbara Jorgensen  
3/21/2018   Post a comment
Freight providers should be providing tools to help customers maximize their choices.
Contract Visibility Essential for Effective Procurement
Jin Ro  
3/21/2018   Post a comment
Visibility into contracts reveals savings and improves risk management assessment. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to leverage technology to make the most of the opportunities.
Promise of Technology Changes Factory of the Future
Davina McDonnell  
3/20/2018   (2) comments
For manufacturing specifically, IoT and the adoption of Industry 4.0 has revolutionized the industry allowing manufacturers to be more efficient, smarter, and more connected to their supply chain and customers alike.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Collaborate, Connect
Philip Stoten  
3/20/2018   (1) comment
We gathered a few industry luminaries discuss the Industry 4.0 projects they have been working on together, to find out the process, and the deliverables in terms of customer value of these strong connections and collaborative efforts.
6 Steps that Help OEMs Cope with Shorter Product Life Cycles
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
Shorter time to market and a continuous stream of new products are putting extreme pressure on electronics supply chains. By enhancing collaboration, supply chain managers can manage better.
The Imperative for Global Supply Chain Systems Design
Grant Sernick  
3/19/2018   Post a comment
While it is clear that supply chain managers need to move their products faster, cheaper, and with greater predictability, it is equally clear that managers are not thinking broadly enough in their process and systems design to enable real improvement.
10 Factories that Set the Standard for Manufacturing
Karli Jaenike  
3/16/2018   Post a comment
These 10 fabulous factories trace the evolution of manufacturing plants where humans and machines work side by side to create something unprecedented.
Global Shipping Trends Optimize Supply Chain Logistics
Tommaso Tamburnotti  
3/15/2018   Post a comment
Logistics customers are expecting some of the same perks they get as consumers to be available when buying for business. Here's a look at the biggest shifts in global shipping.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & the Future of E-Textiles
Philip Stoten  
3/15/2018   Post a comment
E-textiles are coming into their own so we talk to industry experts about the potential of this nascent market.
Diverse Electronics Adds GW Instek Test & Measurement Instruments to Product Lineup
EBN Newswire  
3/14/2018   (1) comment
Diverse Electronics is pleased to announce its partnership with GW Instek, a leading manufacturer of high-precision electronic test and measurement instruments.
Making a Global Impact: Institute for Supply Management & Thomas Honor 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars
EBN Newswire  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
Winners Stand Out for Cross-Border Innovations and Digital Problem-Solving
Securing Data Privacy & the Law Forcing Compliance
Logical Link  
3/14/2018   Post a comment
Companies struggle to understand what "privacy by design" will look like as Europe's latest data privacy regulations come into effect May 2018.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & the STEM Workforce of the Future
Philip Stoten  
3/13/2018   Post a comment
A big talent gap in both high tech and supply chain demand that we, as an industry, figure out ways to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)0-related job.
5 Ways Enterprise Labeling Changes the Supply Chain
Josh Roffman  
3/13/2018   Post a comment
It's critical to identify, understand and measure how labeling has a strategic impact on your supply chain and your company's business growth.
12 Tech-Savvy Cars That Get an Environmental Thumbs Up
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/12/2018   (1) comment
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its 21st annual GreenerCars vehicle ratings that pointed to a dozen of the most environmentally friendly automotive offerings.
Mapping the Manufacturing Capitals of the World
Vishal Chhatralia  
3/9/2018   Post a comment
The landscape of global manufacturing leadership is constantly shifting. Here's a snapshot of the last decade.
Innovating to Create Mobile Managers in the Warehouse
Puga Sankara  
3/9/2018   Post a comment
The warehouse should embrace a digital mobile reality, but what is the right path forward?
A Rainy-Day Guide to Predictive Analytics
Mike Raftery  
3/8/2018   Post a comment
Let's take predicting the weather as an allegory for the evolution of analytics from descriptive to prescriptive analytics.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & Digital Building Blocks
Philip Stoten  
3/8/2018   Post a comment
A handful of industry execs talk about the technology building blocks being leveraged by high-tech OEMs to achieve smart factory or industry 4.0 solutions.
6 Inspiring Women Empowering Digital Transformation
Erich Hoch  
3/7/2018   (3) comments
Six female industry veterans at Jabil offer their perspectives about the digital revolution and what it means for the high-technology manufacturing industry.
Darren Roos Appointed as CEO of IFS
EBN Newswire  
3/6/2018   Post a comment
IFS Board of Directors hires proven enterprise software leader to succeed Alastair Sorbie as Chief Executive Officer.
10 Bright Predictions for the New World Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/6/2018   Post a comment
We sat down with IDC's Simon Ellis to talk about the biggest supply chain trends, and especially how they might affect electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract manufacturers, and other industry players.
Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & a Connected Factory Standard
Philip Stoten  
3/6/2018   (1) comment
At the Apex Expo 2018, it was clear that the industry has a lot of energy around creating a smart factory standard. We sat down with some of the industry professionals leading the charge to find out more.
Data Security, Trust & Privacy Get MWC Nod
Logical Link  
3/5/2018   (2) comments
Security, trust, and privacy concerns winning more MWC attention as IoT possibilities explode with the coming reality of 5G networks and company face GDPR compliance.
Digital Supply Chain: You Need to Change. But How?
Simon Knowles  
3/5/2018   (2) comments
Digital technologies can be both disruptive and transformational. By building a clear strategy, organizations can capture the benefits in the chaos.
The Smart Factory: How Smart Manufacturing Is Changing the Electronics Industry
Rose Martin  
3/2/2018   (2) comments
Although smart factories may seem like science fiction, the technology is available to make it happen for electronics OEMs.
3PL Panacea: The Flexible Mobile Supply Chain Platform
Puga Sankara  
3/2/2018   Post a comment
For 3PLs, flexibility is key to winning and keeping business. A mobile supply chain platform is key to creating and maintaining that flexibility.
Make Environmental Compliance Part of Product Development
Chuck Cimalore  
3/1/2018   (1) comment
Product Lifecycle Management technology empowers companies to be in control of their compliance data and create cost effective and efficient compliance management processes. By making environmental compliance an integral part of the standard product development process, you will have the power to bring compliant products to market faster without sacrificing profit margin.
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.
IntelliTrack Announces Integration with Shopify Multi-channel Commerce Platform
EBN Newswire  
2/27/2018   Post a comment
Integration provides customers using the platform with real-time, accurate inventory tracking .
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   (1) comment
The inherent benefits of cloud-based platforms address many of the pain points of supply chain pros looking for a technology fix.
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.
AVX is Presenting & Exhibiting at APEC 2018
EBN Newswire  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
In addition to presenting a case study on small stack capacitors in SMPS, AVX will promote its vast portfolio of high-reliability, harsh-environment, medium- & high-power component solutions, including: advanced ceramic, tantalum, & power film capacitors & supercapacitors
Supply Chain Management Survey Indicates Greater Pressure on Companies to Demonstrate Sustainability
Latest Research  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Companies are struggling to take efficient action across their supply chains, while facing increased demands from stakeholders.
Barr Group's 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Reveals an "Internet of Insecure Things"
Latest Research  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
More than 1 in 5 IoT Device Developers Fail to Spec Security as a Product Design Requirement
Basware Appoints Eric Wilson to Lead Operations in North America
EBN Newswire  
2/20/2018   Post a comment
Eric Wilson has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of Basware North America.
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 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   Post a comment
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   Post a 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   Post a comment
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 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   Post a comment
A panel of industry luminaries tackled a range of questions about how digitalization is disrupting everything, and now organizations came out ahead.
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.
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.
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.
Mergers Present O2C Challenges for Semiconductor Companies
Dan Reeve  
1/31/2018   (4) comments
When semiconductor companies merge, automated O2C systems can make the process easier.
Tech Distributors Grow & Change, Security & Cloud Top Concerns
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/30/2018   (2) comments
Technology distributors are pursuing new markets and the result is a rosy financial outlook for the industry, according to a new report.
5 Applications for Collaborative, Automated Mobile Robots
Ed Mullen  
1/29/2018   Post a comment
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) automate tasks in a simple, efficient, and cost-effective way.
New Volt480 On-Demand App Accelerates Manufacturing Repair Processes, Aiming to Reduce Downtime by 50%
EBN Newswire  
1/24/2018   (1) comment
Managers quickly find industrial technicians at the click of a button; utilizes machine learning to help solve technical problems.
The Importance of Brand Consistency in the Supply Chain
David Kerr  
1/24/2018   (2) comments
Strong brands create more memorable companies and leave better impressions on customers, and that has a direct impact on your bottom line.
10 Cities, 12 Days: Add Savings to Supply Chain Travel
Glenn Adriance  
1/24/2018   (2) comments
Traveling to 10 cities in 12 days can be stressful, but you only need one good corporate travel booking tool to pull it off successfully.
ERA Conference Will Feature Session on the All-Inclusive Workforce
EBN Newswire  
1/23/2018   (1) comment
The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) Conference Committee has announced that the all-inclusive workforce will be the topic of a general session program at its upcoming 49th Management and Marketing Conference.
Canada to Become Main U.S. Supplier of Cobalt & Nickel
Pablo Valerio  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
Soon American manufacturers could get needed minerals from their Canadian neighbors, dramatically simplifying the supply chain.
3 Ways Manual Sourcing Costs Businesses More Than Just Time
Andrew Durlak  
1/23/2018   (1) comment
Many organizations fear change and hang on to outdated systems. Manual sourcing, however, carries a bigger price tag than you might expect.
EBN@C-Level: Stress Test Procurement, Logistics, & Operations for Business Betterment
Nicole DiGiose  
1/22/2018   Post a comment
EBN spoke with consultant Steven J. Bowen, to find out how new tax code changes may impact the supply chain.
5 Manufacturing Trends Poised to Take Off in 2018
Sean Riley  
1/22/2018   Post a comment
In the coming year, electronics manufacturers will move from digital transformation as a buzzword to making it an actionable corporate culture.
Making the Most of Supply Chain Tech: Manufacturers Leverage Process Mining
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/19/2018   Post a comment
A new approach called data process mining allows companies to turn IT data into actionable advice to increase supply chain efficiency.
Threat of Robot Warehouse Invasion Overblown
Puga Sankara  
1/19/2018   (1) comment
Everyone is talking about robots taking over the warehouse, but when you talk to people in the real world it's not such a simple equation.
Looking Ahead: Supply Chain Experts Weigh in on 2018 Trends
Hans Veenendaal  
1/17/2018   Post a comment
Just as many people set personal resolutions, the start of the new year is a great opportunity for brands to revisit their business strategy and objectives for their supply chains.
Blockchain: The Missing Link for Transparent Supply Chain Management
Swapnil Shende  
1/15/2018   (1) comment
Blockchain for the supply chain network has the potential to benefit many industries in terms of flexibility, validation and security of transactions.
5 Trends Impacting Logistics in 2018
Sam Mikles  
1/12/2018   Post a comment
The forces that made 2017 a wild ride for supply chain professionals will continue with increased speed in 2018.
The Power of Amazon Prime: Changing People's Habits Changes the Game
Puga Sankara  
1/12/2018   Post a comment
Amazon's service levels shift buyer expectations and that expectation has shifted the buying habits of many consumers.




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EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
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!
Archived Dialogues
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.