EBN’s Top 10 Supply Chain Stories for 2015

From the task of getting metal been dug from mines around the world to electronic component manufacturers to the moment when those components hit store shelves as finished electronic goods, supply chain professionals have been planning and working to make certain things go well.  To that end, best practices around procurement, logistics, sustainability, compliance, and more are hot topics of conversation industry wide. 

Let's take a moment to look back at the biggest topics and trends on EBN's pages in 2015. The following stories ranked highest in readership last year—and continue to have relevance as we begin this New Year.

1.  10 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Trends Fueled by IoT

The IoT revolution is stretching to touch all sorts of new areas, and the net of that is that electronics manufacturing will never be the same.

2. 5 Supply Chain Hurdles Before Wearables Will Work 

Designers and their supply chain partners will need to take on some common consumer concerns before the average person love a wearable device as much as they cherish their smartphone.

3. The U.S. Nanotechnology Challenge 

Nanotechnology is going manstream and electronics manufacturers need to consider how these advances will affect new products, innovation, and the supply chain.

4. Green Giants: Top 9 OEMs Leading Environmental Change 

Take a look at this list of electronics OEMs that keep the spirit of Earth Day alive all year around.

5. 7 Sustainability Trends That Could Impact Your Supply Chain  

Sustainability has become a mainstream concern in the electronics industry. A new report outlines some of the biggest trends that manufacturers should be thinking about.

6. 9 Secrets to Being the Good Cop of Vendor Relationships 

I was brought up to respect my elders and be polite and I have tried to maintain a courteous approach throughout my life. Sometimes, though, when I observe the relationship between purchasers and their outsourced vendors, I wonder how we can move courtesy from a perceived luxury to a must have relationship tool.

7. Top 10 Reasons Compliance Programs Fail  

While intentions may be good, many companies still struggle with compliance. Here's a list of the top ten pitfalls.

8. Looking at the Who & How of Electronics Component Purchasing 

UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study takes a close look at how design, corporate and supply chain professionals are using online sources, from information aggregators and search engines to social media.  

9. New Lithium Battery Regs May Stymie Electronics Supply Chain 

New Department of Transportation rules around shipping lithium batteries is changing the ways electronics OEMs ship products.

10. Port Congestion Emerges as Major Supply Chain Stumbling Block 

Having ridden out the worst of West Coast port shutdowns, supply chain pros are now faced with continued challenges around getting timely delivery through West Coast ports.

Let us know in the comments section below what supply chain initiatives are going to take center stage in 2016 for your organization. 

2 comments on “EBN’s Top 10 Supply Chain Stories for 2015

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    June 8, 2016

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