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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enterprise Augmented Reality Leader Upskill Closes $17.2M with Strategic Investments from Four Industry Leaders
EBN Newswire  
3/6/2018   Post a comment
Customer Growth, Rapid User Adoption and Technology Advancements Fuel New Financing
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.
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.
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 .
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.
The Ebb & Flow of Retail Supply Chain: Is AI the Answer?
Puga Sankara  
2/23/2018   Post a comment
The holidays are over, but it's never too early to look at how technology can help close supply chain gaps caused by shifting demand.
AP Automation Strengthens Manufacturer-Supplier Relationships
Howie Hahn  
2/22/2018   Post a comment
The business relationship between manufacturers and suppliers in the semiconductor industry is a close one, but not always an easy one. Automation of accounts payable (AP) processes can help smooth the path forward for both sides.
Nano Dimension Targets South Africa in Reseller Partnership with EDA Technologies
EBN Newswire  
2/21/2018   (1) comment
The DragonFly Pro 2020 3D Printer is now available in Africa.
Westfalia Technologies to Co-Present Two Seminars & Highlight Automated Warehouse Solutions at MODEX 2018
EBN Newswire  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Logistics solutions leader will showcase its warehouse automation technology at booth #B947 and host two seminars during supply chain trade show
Taking the Dude Out of the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
2/21/2018   Post a comment
Supply chain logistics is on the dawn of a not-so-distant era, as robotics and artificial intelligence replace humans for the delivery and transport of goods across the supply chain.
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...
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   (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.
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.




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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.