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Manufacturing
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Supply Chains, Manufacturing & Tech: The Year of Adapt or Die
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
12/11/2018   Post a comment
Next month brings a slew of conferences that will lay out the biggest manufacturing, supply chain and technology trends. These events point to some understanding about where the industry will go this year.
Navigating Headwinds in the Global Supply Chain
Graham Scott  
12/10/2018   Post a comment
Electronics buyers, suppliers. and the customers they serve are facing turbulent times. We need to change along with them or face potential business disruptions.
Not in My Back Office: A Study in Expense Report Fraud
Josephine McCann  
12/7/2018   Post a comment
Organizations can save money by locking down expense report fraud--and some industries have more to worry about than average.
10 Big Supply Chain Shifts for 2019
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/6/2018   (1) comment
As the supply chain moves from being a cost savings to being a strategic differentiator, organizations will shift the way it does supply chain work. Here's a look at IDCs top 10 trends for the supply chain in the coming year.
Factory Activity Rebounds After October Lull
Barbara Jorgensen  
12/5/2018   Post a comment
The news remains good: for more than two years, U.S. manufacturing has been in expansion mode.
Procurement & Digitalization: Smart CPOs Blaze a Trail
Marcell Vollmer  
12/4/2018   (1) comment
Ready or not, digitalization is upon us and the procurement department and its leadership has a huge role to play.
Supply Chain Hungry for Legal Tool Innovation
Puga Sankara  
11/30/2018   Post a comment
Much in the legal and financial world remains constant, but technology tools can provide ways of doing things in innovative ways.
4 Strategies to Help Consumer OEMs Win the Microbrand Revolution
Madhav Durbha  
11/29/2018   Post a comment
Consumer electroncics OEMs can help ensure success by borrowing strategies successfully leveraged by direct-to-consumer retailers.
Insiders Pose Supply Chain's Biggest Threat
Nitzan Daube  
11/28/2018   Post a comment
The recent report of Chinese hackers infiltrating tech giants Apple and Amazon brought to light the vulnerabilities on the production line and in the global supply chain.
4 Simple Steps that Eliminate Retail & e-Commerce Delivery Anxiety
John Nadvornik  
11/26/2018   Post a comment
Removing delivery anxiety, your single largest obstacle to converting orders, can result in an up to 20% increase in sales, happier customers, fewer calls to customer support, and an optimized delivery network.
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.
Reducing Emissions & Costs in the Electronics Supply Chain
Stephen Petit  
11/21/2018   (2) comments
Here are three steps electronics manufacturers and their transportation providers are using a range of strategies and data-driven tools to improve the way they manage emissions across the supply chain.
6 Content Marketing Trends for the Supply Chain in 2019
Frank Cavallaro  
11/20/2018   (1) comment
Here are six content marketing trends for 2019 for the supply chain and logistics industries.
Expect Accountability from Supply Chain Operators & Partners
Puga Sankara  
11/16/2018   (1) comment
A recent wedding trip made me think about some one of the biggest complexities of moving products around the supply chain.
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.
Unwrap the Perfect Supply Chain Gift
Gary M. Barraco  
11/12/2018   Post a comment
Disruptive technologies, increasing trade regulations, and the breakneck speed of customer demand are pushing companies to rethink their processes and technology for the holidays and beyond.
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.
U.S. Product Demand & Manufacturing Expansion Hit Downward Spiral
Barbara Jorgensen  
11/7/2018   Post a comment
Trade tensions, transportation shortages, and decreased demand dogged U.S. manufacturers as domestic factory dipped for the sixth straight month . in a row, according to the PMI Index.
A Dynamic Duo: Building an Integrated Sales & Operations Planning Process
Amit Sikka  
11/5/2018   (2) comments
By taking an integrated sales and operations planning approach, companies can improve their financials, optimize the total product cost and minimize supply risks.
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.
8 Questions to Quickly Assess Your Company's Costing System's Effectiveness
Raef Lawson  
11/1/2018   (1) comment
Most companies employ costing systems that fail to provide the information needed for effective decision making. Use this quick assessment tool to assess the adequacy of your company’s costing system.
How Reverse Logistics Helps Organizations Gear Up Servitization
Charles Rathmann  
10/31/2018   (1) comment
As more and more North American manufacturers realize revenue from servitization and end-of-life management, streamlining the aftermarket service value chain is quickly becoming a focus area to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Product-oriented organizations can no longer afford to neglect reverse logistics in this process—their next software investment will need to ensure profitable returns, an enhanced customer experience and regulatory compliance.
Software Supply Chain Risk Management: Enabling Resilience in National Critical Infrastructure
Joe Jarzombek  
10/29/2018   (1) comment
Organizations expanding the use of network-connectable devices need comprehensive software security initiatives to address weaknesses resulting from technological vulnerabilities and a lack of “cyber hygiene” (lack of caution) among those who develop and use software applications and software-reliant IoT devices.
Ownership Is Everything: The Data Integrous System of Record
Puga Sankara  
10/26/2018   Post a comment
Data integrity is key to success. Here's a look at how to think about the topic.
Brace for a Wave of Change in 2019: Procurement & Supply Chain Challenges
Vishal Patel  
10/25/2018   (1) comment
As we dive into this maelstrom of change in an effort to prepare for the year ahead, it is helpful to pick out some major trends that electronics manufacturers should incorporate into their strategic planning.
When to Use an In-House Calculation Engine for Supply Chain Planning
Yu Liang  
10/22/2018   (5) comments
Take a look at best practices and some considerations of when to invest in an in-house engine before you make a choice.
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.
Automate Accounts Receivable to Pay Faster & Make Customers Happy
Steve Smith  
10/17/2018   (2) comments
The electronics industry is all about getting paid, but the accounts payable process is complex. Automation avoids a lot of the headaches.
Why Inbound Marketing Is a Better Supply Chain Strategy Than Outbound
Frank Cavallaro  
10/16/2018   Post a comment
An inbound marketing strategy is better than outbound marketing for supply chain companies.
Unlock IIoT Value Through Service Assurance in Manufacturing Plants
Eileen Haggerty  
10/15/2018   Post a comment
With manufacturing so heavily reliant on IT service delivery, and the coordination of the entire process from production through sales and service to billing, it’s crucial that the availability of these services is assured through IIoT.
Digital Authentication Fights Counterfeiting
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/12/2018   (4) 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.
Setting Up for Success: 4 Vital Metrics for Digital Transformation
Earl van As  
10/10/2018   (2) comments
Digitization requires businesses to pre-empt disruption and build transformation into their business model using good metrics in order to stay ahead.
OEMs Should Care: Looking at Aftermarket Engagement
Vivek Joshi  
10/9/2018   Post a comment
OEMs can boost revenues in big ways by generating continuing business after a customer makes a purchase.
Shortages & Price Hikes Leave Supply Chain in Disarray
Barbara Jorgensen  
10/8/2018   Post a comment
Despite expansion in the electronics industry, the headwinds of tariffs, component shortages and price hikes, are leaving the supply chain in disarray.
DMG Blockchain to Develop Blockchain Solutions for Global Supply Chain Management
EBN Newswire  
10/5/2018   (1) comment
Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains Will Enforce Compliance, Provenance, and Quality Control for Regulated Products Including Pharmaceuticals
ACSM Awarded Grant to Help Improve Public Health Supply Chains in Africa
EBN Newswire  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
ASCM to receive Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to increase access to medical supplies in underserved communities
IoT of Octoberfest: Beer Company Toasts Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/5/2018   Post a comment
A small brewing company can teach electronics OEMs a lesson about blockchain.
The Benefits of Environment-Controlled Logistics for Product Integrity
Paul Washicko  
10/4/2018   Post a comment
All transportation modes present environmental risks to shipments and the electronics industry is particular prone to this type of damage. Here's how technology can help.
ECIA Reorganization Better Serves Unique Needs of Three Constituents
EBN Newswire  
10/3/2018   Post a comment
The Electronic Component Industry Association (ECIA) announces a structural reorganization reflecting input from a series of interviews and an extensive member survey.
How OEMs Can Regain Control of Their Cash Conversion Cycle
Dennis Menefee  
10/3/2018   Post a comment
In a market defined by ever-extending payment terms, OEMs need to concentrate on where their cash conversion cycle can be crunched the most to save working capital.
Augmented Reality Enables Next-Level Supply Chain Visualization
Mark Morley  
10/2/2018   (1) comment
Today IoT, AI, drones, 3D printing, blockchain, and augmented reality (AR) are all jostling for the attention of CIO budgets. Let’s see how augmented reality could impact tomorrow’s supply chains.
6 Ways Automation Solutions Streamline Electronics Supply Chains
Steve Smith  
10/1/2018   Post a comment
Automation solutions essentially streamline supply chain operations, making them more efficient, faster, and less costly.
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.
Catch the Boon of the WMS Domino Effect
Eric Allais  
9/27/2018   Post a comment
A WMS can have a positive ripple effect over an entire organization, from human resources to the C-suite. It’s time to make the domino effect work for your organization.
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.
The Perils of Poor Accounting Information
Raef Lawson  
9/25/2018   (1) comment
Tremendous changes have taken place in the business environment during the past fifty years. Meanwhile, the managerial costing practices followed by many organizations today are little different than they were fifty years ago.
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.
Understand Supply Chain History or Be Doomed to Repeated Shortages
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/19/2018   (1) comment
The electronics supply chain has learned a lot since 2001, but somehow it ended up with another supply imbalance.
Barcoding, Inc. Acquires Danforth Systems, LLC to Increase Southwest U.S. Presence & Expand RFID Capabilities
EBN Newswire  
9/18/2018   (3) comments
The purchasing of the Houston-based mobile solutions provider enhances the leading systems integrator’s service offerings and customer support
Tacton Opens in Japan to Meet Demand Amid Industry 4.0 Revolution
EBN Newswire  
9/18/2018   (1) comment
Tacton announced the establishment of a new office in Tokyo this month.
What Does Automation Mean for Supply Chain Marketing & Sales?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/18/2018   (6) comments
Automation can benefit sales and marketing for supply chain and logistics industries, driving efficiencies and increasing leads.
Keeping it All Running with IIoT: Visibility, Control, & Agility for Manufacturing
Srivats Ramaswami  
9/13/2018   (1) comment
The convergence of IIoT with advanced analytics, big data capabilities, and emerging technologies has opened a world of innovation, automation, and optimization opportunities for manufacturers worldwide.
ERA Introduces Jeff Shafer of J.D. Shafer Consulting Inc. as its Latest Expert Access Consultant
EBN Newswire  
9/12/2018   (2) comments
The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) announced that it has added a new industry consultant, Jeff Shafer, to its Expert Access member program.
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.
Blockchain & the Big Supply Chain Infrastructure Puzzle
Pratik Soni  
9/11/2018   (3) comments
Blockchain presents a radical, new way to tie everything in the global electronics supply chain together.
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.
OnRobot Launches Quick Changer, the Industry's Lightest, Most Compact Robotics Tool Changer
EBN Newswire  
9/7/2018   Post a comment
With Quick Changer, any operator can change the end-of-arm tooling on collaborative robots in a few seconds. Introduced next week at IMTS in Chicago, the new 200 g (7 oz.) tool changer is fully compliant with the ISO 9409-1 robot flange standard.
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.
Electronics Leads U.S. Manufacturing's Hot Streak
Barbara Jorgensen  
9/6/2018   Post a comment
The PMI is on the rise indicating a surge among U.S. manufacturers in the United States.
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.
How One Supply Chain Company Ensures Employee Loyalty
Chad Eudy  
9/3/2018   (4) comments
The job market is competitive, so you must connect with your employees early and often or they will be gone. Here's some ways to make that happen.
Global Semiconductor Sales Increase 14.9 Percent Year-to-Year in August
Latest Research  
9/2/2018   Post a comment
Global industry posts highest-ever monthly sales; year-to-year growth seen across all major semiconductor product categories and regional markets
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.
5 Market Disruptions Transforming Manufacturing
Gary Brooks  
8/30/2018   (1) comment
Manufacturers are seeing a shift towards servitization, or selling outcomes as opposed to strictly selling products, a reality that is stretching the traditional supply chain to reach the end customer experience.
Why Crowd Funded Hardware Projects Fail
Thomas Smiley  
8/29/2018   Post a comment
There are at least five common mistakes that block a great crowdsourced hardware product fail to move from idea to real.
Exploding the Myth of the Simple Digital Twin
Luc Janssen  
8/28/2018   (1) comment
We've been talking about digital twins for awhile now. However, the newest applications and capabilities are changing the definition completely.
TSMC WannaCry Infection Forces Shutdowns, Financial Losses
Christopher Morales  
8/27/2018   Post a comment
The recent TSMC virus disaster highlights the keen challenges of the modern manufacturing supply chain.
China Reminds Us What Makes America Great
Puga Sankara  
8/24/2018   (1) comment
China is pretty impressive, but it made me think about what makes America great...something that the manufacturing industry should not forget.
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.
Securing the Machine-Connected Supply Chain
Mark Morley  
8/23/2018   (2) comments
Production robots are becoming more complex, intelligent and self-aware by the day. Now is the time that connected security is becoming more critical than ever before.
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.
Mitigate Direct Materials Risk in an Uncertain Market
Vishal Patel  
8/21/2018   Post a comment
The breadth of direct materials risks is broad. Here's a look at what OEMs need to be thinking about.
The Race Is On: Trade Wars, AI Leadership & 5G
Philip Spagnoli Stoten  
8/20/2018   (2) comments
AI is the newest battlefront for the race to domination. Unfortunately, tariffs and trade wars have to be factored into the equation.
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.
Risky Business
EBN Poll  
8/16/2018   (1) comment
Is risk on your radar?
Summer School for Buyers: Mobile OLED Displays
YJ Kim  
8/16/2018   (2) comments
OLED displays are becoming increasingly commonplace, representing a market with huge upside potential.
3 Digital Transformation Trends Driving Long-Term Organic Growth
Vivek Joshi  
8/15/2018   (1) comment
Moving past productivity-focused initiatives, industrial manufacturing leaders are now looking to improve three key areas of their sales, service and aftermarket operations through digital transformation: efficiency, customer satisfaction, and profitability.
Event Will Address the State of Manufacturing in MN and What's New in IoT Market
EBN Newswire  
8/14/2018   (1) comment
The ECIA 2018 Regional Series arrives in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, October 2.
Team Effort Makes Digital Transformation Real
Steve Smith  
8/14/2018   Post a comment
Advanced companies are going to embrace the technology innovations that enable them to digitize their entire operations. But to get there, everyone has to get on board.
Tap into the Promise of Brazil's e-Commerce Opportunity
Nadir Moreno  
8/13/2018   Post a comment
Brazil offers a huge opportunity for electronics OEMs, offering skyrocketing e-commerce sales.
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.
Summer School for Buyers: Technical Evolution of OLED DDIC
YJ Kim  
8/9/2018   (1) comment
OLED displays are becoming commonplace, particularly in smart phones. In order to understand where the technology is going, it's helpful to understand its history.
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.
How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Supply Chain Management
Ken Gibson  
8/8/2018   (2) comments
With blockchain technology, hundreds if not thousands of computers can the supply chain management dream of timeliness and flexibility to reality.
Blogging Adds Value to a Supply Chain Company
Frank Cavallaro  
8/7/2018   (1) comment
A company blog hosted on a website offers supply chain companies a long-lasting social media resource to attract customers on the B2B buying journey.
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.
Graduates Look to Tech Disruptors for Opportunity
Puga Sankara  
8/3/2018   Post a comment
New companies and new graduates can be a winning combination. Here's how to make the pairing work.
Develop a Proactive Plan for Tight Supply Situations
Mike Neunfinger  
8/2/2018   (1) comment
The global supply chain finds itself under perpetually shifting needs. When product supply is tight, decision makers must be prepared to quickly make assessments and re-route resources.
Summer School for Buyers: OLED DDIC
YJ Kim  
8/2/2018   (1) comment
This week, in week two of our four-week summer school for buyers, we’ll have a primer on the drivers used with OLED displays.
4 Best Practices to Drive Double-Digit OEM Growth
Vivek Joshi  
8/1/2018   (1) comment
Here are the four best practices to overall help service sales, marketing, and manufacturing leaders drive double digit growth in 2018.
6 Benefits of Emerging Technologies in the Modern Supply Chain
Jon Chorley  
7/31/2018   (1) comment
Companies may not have a full understanding of just how these technologies could benefit their businesses – especially when it comes to their supply chain.
Component Counterfeits Down, But Is It a Trend?
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/31/2018   Post a comment
Component counterfeiting is down thanks to efforts by independent distributors in the channel. Whether this is a trend or a blip remains to be seen.
Electronics Reshoring Makes a U-Turn in 2017
Barbara Jorgensen  
7/30/2018   (1) comment
In the wake of a U.S. presidential election that paid a lot of attention to manufacturing, job losses and China as well as shifting tariff laws, reshoring of manufacturing to the United States is on the decline.
Technology & Finance Leaders Tackle Mass Capitalism
Satinder Singh  
7/27/2018   Post a comment
Some interesting thoughts came out of a recent Mass Capitalism Forum. Here we've captured the thoughts of the keynote speakers.
Tracing Supply Chain System Evolution
Puga Sankara  
7/27/2018   Post a comment
It’s important to remember that not all distributions run the same version of software or even the same programs.
International Power Supply-on-Chip (PwrSoC) Workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Oct. 17-19, 2018: Registration Now Open
EBN Newswire  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
Uniquely spotlights technology and manufacturing advancement of miniaturization and integration of power conversion and power management solutions.
Venture Research Creates Next Generation RFID & IoT Forklift Reader for the Most Demanding Warehouse & Logistics Applications
EBN Newswire  
7/25/2018   Post a comment
The intelligent Forklift RFID Reader can autonomously manage a pick, drop, stack and move operation using an array of RFID and IoT sensors.




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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.