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ollow the Roadmap to Executing 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   Post a comment
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...
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.
What's the Scoop: Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Factory
Philip Stoten  
2/14/2018   (5) 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.
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.
Weighing Build Versus Buy with Supply Chain Apps
Puga Sankara  
2/2/2018   (1) comment
Having the right IT in the supply chain is critical. As always, organizations continue to need to weigh out whether to make what they need or buy the right solution.
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.
Special Delivery: How Logistics Providers are Slashing Inefficiencies with Machine Learning & IoT
Raghu Ramanathan  
1/25/2018   Post a comment
When we look at transportation industries today, we see good use tools already ranging from artificial intelligence (AI), computer processing power, Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain. Collectively, they have the potential to change business drastically.
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.
project44 Announces Multimodal Integration into MercuryGate TMS
EBN Newswire  
1/23/2018   Post a comment
roject44 has launched an expanded integration into MercuryGate TMS.
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.
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.
Data Rocks at CES: 10 Things You Missed if You Didn't Attend
Philip Stoten  
1/15/2018   Post a comment
Supply chain pros have been talking about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 5G and other technologies for awhile. Now, at CES, they are hitting prime time.
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.
Manufacturing the Smart Way
Logical Link  
1/9/2018   Post a comment
Digital twins may help industrial manufacturers cross the Internet of Things divide, and allow manufacturers to innovate supply chain practices, monitor remote assets and improve overall decision-making, according to ABI.
Embedded Device Maker Adds Real-World Additive Manufacturing
Nicole DiGiose  
1/8/2018   Post a comment
Phytec, a global maker of microprocessor-based solutions for industrial embedded devices, has integrated 3D printing into its manufacturing processes.
Time for SMBs to Embrace the Digital Supply Chain
Gavin Davidson  
1/8/2018   (1) comment
Recent years have brought a new wave of business digitization and technological simplicity that puts a faster, more cost-efficient supply chain within easy reach of SMB manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers, and retailers.
South America Finds New Riches in Lithium Supply
Pablo Valerio  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
The world is gearing up for electric cars. The technology is maturing, the cars’ autonomy range is increasing, and batteries are getting smaller and cheaper. Lithium, the mineral needed for those batteries, is a sought-after commodity. The London Metal Exchange (LME) plans to launch futures contracts for lithium and other battery metals early in 2019.
Harness Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, & Blockchain for Trade Finance
Veena Gundavelli  
1/5/2018   Post a comment
Trade finance and the international supply chain have historically been complex systems, involving many people and processes. However, the technologies necessary to disrupt these systems — including big data, AI, and blockchain — are finally ready for prime-time.
Think Creatively About Passive Component Sourcing
Mary E. Shacklett  
1/4/2018   (1) comment
A looming shortage is attributable to how electronics companies are managing their inventories. Here's some steps you can take to avoid problems.
10 Most Curious Crowdfunded Campaigns
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
We scoured two leading crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter and Indiegogo) to find the most wildly different products that are recently funded or on offer now.
4 Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018
Vivek Soneja  
1/3/2018   Post a comment
In order to stay ahead of the competition, electronics OEMs need to leverage the technologies that let them know more about the supply chain sooner than ever before. Here are the trends to watch to win the race.
Competitive Leverage: Make Digital Demand Management a New Year Resolution for 2018
Matthew Lekstutis  
12/29/2017   Post a comment
In 2018, resolve to use digital demand management to optimize flow of goods by sensing and responding to demand throughout the supply network to the delight of customers.
Automating the Headaches Out of O2C
Adrienne Wilson  
12/26/2017   Post a comment
The O2C process is a key part of any business. Automating can make it better.
Recapping a Year of Supply Chain Trends
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/22/2017   (1) comment
A look at the big buzzwords in supply chain this year tells us something about what to expect in 2018.
3D Printing, Servitization & IoT: 3 Developments Transform Manufacturing in 2018
Antony Bourne  
12/22/2017   Post a comment
Manufacturers need to pay attention to the three developments that have the potential to disrupt the entire industry in 2018.
Distributors & Designers: Partnering in New Ways
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/20/2017   Post a comment
The convergence of new technologies and new business pressures is changing the way designers work—and the distribution sector is having to evolve along with them.
How e-Commerce Has Shifted Holiday Shopping
Mike Comstock  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
Leveraging the Internet and mobile technology in commerce has changed the consumer experience and, as a result, customer expectations are quite different than they were just a couple years ago.
Intel Takes On AI
Ariella Brown  
12/14/2017   Post a comment
Intel’s chief data scientist Bob RogersRlka about the company’s direction and the new possibilities opened up by machine learning, deep learning, and transfer learning.
Polaris Drives Digital Supply Chain Transformation with JDA
EBN Newswire  
12/13/2017   (1) comment
World’s largest powersports company fuels its strategic multi-phase growth plan with end-to-end JDA solution footprint.
6 Best Practices to Secure Supply Chain Data in 2018
Isaac Kohen  
12/13/2017   Post a comment
Four out of five cyberattacks originate from the supply chain. Supply chain managers and procurement officers need to be front line in creating a defense.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017& Layers of Software
Philip Stoten  
12/12/2017   Post a comment
To bring the concept of smart factories to reality, actionable data is the most critical ingredient. Implementing the right supply chain and manufacturing software and hooking it all together properly is the only way forward.
project44 Launches State-of-the-Art Rail Visibility Solution
EBN Newswire  
12/11/2017   Post a comment
The technology provider continues to lead the industry with the most comprehensive single- source of real-time multimodal visibility data.
Additive Manufacturing Both Ubiquitous & Nascent
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/8/2017   Post a comment
Manufacturers are using 3D printing, but there's still plenty of room for growth from printing prototypes to printing production parts. When that shift comes, the supply chain will have to change with the times.
Collaboration in Logistics: From Blockchain to the Physical Internet
Susan Fourtané  
12/6/2017   Post a comment
Take a virtual tour of the recent Logistics Meets Innovation 2017 Conference. The conference pointed to topics ranging from the idea of the physical internet for logistics, the importance of data, and analytics for collaboration, and what potential value blockchain technology can bring to the transportation and logistics industry.
Mobile Robots Replace Conveyor Belts for OEMs
Ed Mullen  
12/6/2017   Post a comment
Electronics manufacturer Kamstrup has doubled production without increasing labor costs or costly downtime from installing automated guided vehicles.
Power the Supply Chain Workforce with Mobile & AI
Amanda Nichols  
12/5/2017   Post a comment
Mobile and AI tech is critical to addressing the talent shortage and other logistics challenges.
Hybrid Modules Create Next Chip Packaging Revolution
Jim O'Reilly  
12/4/2017   (1) comment
The industry is looking to new schemes to increase performance and use less power and hybrid modules may be just what the doctor ordered.
Competitive Leverage: Look to the Future of Technology for Opportunities, Not Challenges
Matthew Lekstutis  
12/4/2017   (1) comment
in an era of digital transformation, disruptive technologies should be seen as opportunities.
6 Artificial Intelligence Technologies Enhancing Supply Chain Management
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/1/2017   Post a comment
Technology innovation allows organization to streamline the supply chain, but choosing where to invest is critical.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & SMT in the Augmented Age
Philip Stoten  
11/30/2017   Post a comment
Virtual reality toolsare finding their way on to the surface mount technology (SMT) line with companies using them to show what is happening inside machines and support diagnosis and maintenance from afar.
3 Takeaways from Tesla's Supply Chain Mistakes
B. Cameron Gain  
11/29/2017   Post a comment
Tesla's recent supply chain bungles also serve as a great case study for OEMs or suppliers about avoidable mistakes.
3 Ways Digital Documents Help Supply Chain Pros
David Kerr  
11/29/2017   Post a comment
Supply chain professionals need digital document solutions to help save time and money, ensure brand consistency and accuracy, and improve vendor experience.
Nurturing the Next-Gen STEM Workforce: Cricket Media & IEEE Collaborate on TryEngineering
Nicole DiGiose  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Cricket Media, and IEEE teamed up to create TryEngineering Together, an eMentorship platform based on developing technological skills in grammar school students.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017, Electronic Manufacturing & the Digital Twin
Philip Stoten  
11/28/2017   Post a comment
Digital twin....manufacturers need to know what it is and how it will impact the supply chain.
Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017 & Coexisting with Cobots
Philip Stoten  
11/23/2017   (1) comment
Robotics and automation are clearly a major part of our future, but humans will have to learn to work together with machines.
Use Warehouse Execution System to Manage Electronic Recalls
Dave Williams  
11/23/2017   Post a comment
It’s important for OEMs to know how to quickly implement a reverse supply chain to address problems that may arise.
Model-Based Definition: The Next Frontier for Digital Manufacturing
Robert Bodor  
11/22/2017   Post a comment
Digital manufacturing has shortened product development cycles and made manufacturing processes more efficient, thus altering the economics of the supply chain.
Apple, Qualcomm Split Creates Questions
Ariella Brown  
11/21/2017   (1) comment
Whatever Apple is planning for next year’s iPhone iteration, it is working on a design that does not depend on chips from Qualcomm.
The Future of Supply Chain Management: Benefits of Digital Supply Chain to the C-Level
Roddy Martin  
11/21/2017   Post a comment
Becoming a digital supply chain leader requires commitment from the corner office. Here's how to get the initiative on the top of the priorities list for your organization.
10 Ways Robots Will Change Manufacturing in the Next 5 Years
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/17/2017   (4) comments
Over the next five years, the high-tech industry will leverage this new generation of robotics in new and unexpected way to get business done. We sat down with leading research firm IDC to find out their best guess about what will happen in the next five years.
Block Party: How Manufacturers Can Harness the Power of Blockchain to Enhance Supply Chain Management
Luc Janssen  
11/15/2017   Post a comment
The supply chain is abuzz with talk about blockchain bringing a wealth of capabilities to the supply chain. The promise is there but it will take time.
project44 Launches Enhanced Truckload Visibility Solution
EBN Newswire  
11/14/2017   (1) comment
New technology fits into a larger suite of multimodal products designed to enable smarter information flow across a customer’s entire supply chain.
ModusLink Releases Integrated Data Warehouse Platform
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/14/2017   Post a comment
ModusLink's new digital warehouse platform brings together information from a variety of business apps to help them successfully deliver products worldwide.
Business Continuity Builds Supply Chain Resilience
Nicole DiGiose  
11/13/2017   (1) comment
A clear plan for business continuity paves a clear path to supply chain resilience a new study finds.
Elemica Delivers Predictive Visibility to Global Industrial Supply Chains
EBN Newswire  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics Drive Supply Chain Excellence and Continuous Improvement
Innovation Now: How Technology Drives Supply Chain Evolution
Shanton Wilcox  
11/9/2017   Post a comment
The supply chain is constantly pressured to deliver more. With supply chain technology advancements, shippers have increased expectations of what logistics providers can accomplish.
HP 3D Printer, Materials to Modernize Industrial 3D Manufacturing Equation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/9/2017   (1) comment
HP claims new high-volume 3D printing system and new materials create economies of scale for 3D manufacturing. New “break-even point” of 110,000 parts enables industry’s lowest cost-per-part, HP said.
3D Printing Goes Beyond Parts Prototyping Parts in Aerospace
Logical Link  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
The aerospace industry is positioning itself to take greater advantage of 3D-printed parts, which will impact product design and supply chain management practices.
AR Makes Seasonal Workers Warehouse Smart
Brian Ballard  
11/8/2017   Post a comment
Augmented reality (AR) delivered via smart glasses provides access to visual information, real-time updates, documents, human expertise, enterprise systems and step-by-step guidance, smoothing the integration between people, data and machines in the smart, connected warehouse. As a result, warehouses can more quickly help material handlers turn the challenges of the seasonal surge into the opportunity to maximize results.
How LoRa Technology Makes Supply Chains & Asset Management Smarter
Mike Wong  
11/7/2017   Post a comment
LoRa devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa technology) and the LoRaWAN open protocol is an ideal wireless link solution for smart supply chain and logistics IoT applications.
Future-Proof On-Demand Supply Chain with 3D Printing
Matt Sand  
11/3/2017   Post a comment
On-demand manufacturing is the new market norm. 3D printing is critical for next-generation supply chains.
OEMs Identify 3D Printing as Key Technology
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/3/2017   Post a comment
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, may well be the most impactful technology to hit manufacturing and the supply chain in a long time.
Exploring the Brave New World of AI, Robotics & Autonomous Cars
Jim O'Reilly  
11/2/2017   Post a comment
What is the Brave New World of sophisticated technology going to look like? Only time will tell, but we can make an educated guess.
IoT Enables Smarter Waste Management
Ariella Brown  
11/1/2017   Post a comment
IoT is enabling smarter solutions, and rapid-application development (RAD) platforms make it faster and easier to implement effective waste management.
Selling the C-level on Automated Order Processing
Steve Smith  
11/1/2017   Post a comment
Automated order processing leads to customer satisfaction, which drives greater revenues. The first step, though, is getting buy-in from the leaders of the organization.
EBN@C-Level: Procurement Goes Mobile & Customer-Centric
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/31/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with Shaz Khan, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Vroozi, a provider of a business to business mobile procurement platform to find out more about how customer centricity and mobile technology can be leveraged for strategic sourcing.
The Paperless Supply Chain Comes of Age
David Kerr  
10/31/2017   Post a comment
Digital transformation is more than a buzzword. It’s changing the way the supply chain works, making it more affordable, effective, and efficient.
When Disasters Happen: Earthquakes, Hurricanes & Fires, Oh My!
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/30/2017   Post a comment
Disasters happen, so the electronics supply chain needs to be ready. By careful preparation of people, process, and technologies, electronics OEMs can minimize the impact of natural disasters.
Car Industry Puts Sensor Market on Fast Forward
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/27/2017   (1) comment
Changes in the car industry are going to drastically change the demands on the electronics supply chain. There's a boom ahead for the sensor market.
LevaData Launches Leva, the World's First AI Advisor for Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
EBN Newswire  
10/26/2017   (2) comments
AI Solution for Supply Chain and Procurement Professionals Enables Optimized Decisions
Demystifying RPA: Micro Changes Deliver Macro ROI
Earl van As  
10/26/2017   Post a comment
Flagged as the 4th industrial revolution, robotic process automation can deliver big results with a small investment.
Apple iPhone X Kicks Off Another Supply Chain Scramble
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/25/2017   Post a comment
The iPhone X, a product that was supposed to make a splash to celebrate a decade since the smart phone was introduced, may founder due to supply chain issues.
Digitizing the Supply Chain: The Promise of IoT & Sensors
Tom O’Boyle  
10/23/2017   (2) comments
More companies benefit from a digital supply chain as cloud technology and the Internet of Things evolve.
5 Most Common Warehouse Monsters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/20/2017   (2) comments
To experienced supply chain executives, these five warehouse monsters are more frightening than Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and a horde of ghosts and goblins combined.
Purchasing in Excel: The Longest Shortcut You'll Ever Take
Tom Kieley  
10/19/2017   Post a comment
Some purchasing challenges span industries, and there is no greater example of this than the desire to ‘just’ continue purchasing in Excel. Unfortunately, what seems like shortcut in the moment will quickly be revealed as costly, confusing, and risky – to both your company and your suppliers.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Women in Technology
Philip Stoten  
10/19/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the positive developments for women in technology and talked about what can be done to improve things further.
5 Ways Blockchain Revolution Supports Supply Chain Evolution
Dan Juliano  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
Many of global supply chain challenges can be solved with blockchain, which provides the foundation for a radically new approach to supply chain management
Automated Meeting Rooms: Leave Ghosts & Zombies Behind
Susan Fourtané  
10/18/2017   Post a comment
A new smart sensor integration automate workplace scheduling, eliminating ”ghost” and ”zombie” meetings, making meeting rooms (and the supply chain professionals who use them) smarter.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & AI Puts the Smart into Smart Factory
Philip Stoten  
10/17/2017   Post a comment
Is AI what the fourth industrial revolution, or IIoT, needs to reach its full potential and deliver manufacturing solutions that learn, schedule production and get us closer to smart factory nirvana?
84% of Industrial Companies Face Gap Between IoT & ERP
Nicole DiGiose  
10/16/2017   Post a comment
Despite the promise of IoT, industrial companies aren't using the resulting to good advantage, especially with enterprise resource planning system, a new survey found.
Get Ready: Demand Planning & the World of Contingencies
Glenn Graney  
10/16/2017   Post a comment
Today's changing supply chain needs more than old-fashioned and outdated planning tools.
Publisher's Perspective: It Takes a Village to Build a City
Victor Gao  
10/13/2017   Post a comment
Cities, industry must work together to foster innovation.
10 Reasons New Product Launches Fails
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/13/2017   Post a comment
Getting a great product idea from design to reality is more art than science, but there are things you can do to make it more likely to happen.
Voice Evolves the Efficiency of the Warehouse
Puga Sankara  
10/13/2017   Post a comment
We've been talking about voice solutions in the warehouse for a long time, but now the technology is catching up.
3 Ways Amazon Going Brick-&-Mortar Changes After-Sales Service
Gary Brooks  
10/12/2017   Post a comment
Amazon’s moves could have far-reaching consequences for any company with storefronts – especially manufacturers with dealer locations.
Just Like Being There: SMTAi 2017 & Smart Supply Chain
Philip Stoten  
10/12/2017   Post a comment
We sat down with some industry experts to explore some of the supply chain developments coming from the application of smart factory principles and AI.
In Defense of Sales: They Are Not the Supply Chain Enemy
Richard G. Weissman  
10/11/2017   Post a comment
Sales is not the enemy, but good supply chain professionals know how to build and maintain sales relationships.
Do More With Less: OEMs Can Learn from the Roots of Kanban
Pam Bednar  
10/11/2017   (2) comments
Kanban evolved out of necessity - and has become a necessity for today’s manufacturers.
Contract Manufacturers Use Cloud MES to Bring Industry 4.0 to Reality
Nicole DiGiose  
10/9/2017   Post a comment
Cloud based manufacturing execution systems are useful to contract manufacturers, but OEM customers reap plenty of benefits as well.
Leverage AI & Cognitive Computing in Global Procurement
Rajesh Kalidindi  
10/9/2017   (1) comment
Today, sourcing teams, as well as procurement and purchasing managers, can easily tap into the power of artificial intelligence made possible by the marriage of advanced analytics and machine learning.  
AIG and TradeIX Complete Blockchain-Enabled Trade Finance Transaction with Standard Chartered
EBN Newswire  
10/6/2017   Post a comment
American International Group, Inc. (NYSE:AIG) and TradeIX Limited announced today the successful completion of the first blockchain-enabled trade finance transaction for a global logistics company with financing provided by Standard Chartered plc.
Apple's Massive iPhone Launches Teach Demand Forecasting Lessons
Nick Foy  
10/5/2017   Post a comment
Apple, despite its affinity for releasing limited amounts of its highly demanded new devices to further stoke demand, offers an interesting example of the complexities associated with forecasting.




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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.
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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.