Mobile Heath Tests Supply Chain Fitness

Staggering projected growth of mobile health and fitness applications and devices will put more focus on high-tech healthcare manufacturing and shift supply chain dynamics. Whether you call it mobile health, connected health, telehealth, remote monitoring, or self-motivated fitness and health tracking, the crossover between healthcare, well being, and mobile technology is happening in a big…

Pursue Innovation, Reject Novelty

There's a fine line between innovation that's useful and innovation that's a trendy novelty. A well-defined line could reduce operational risks and supply chain challenges. As one PwC report points out, innovation is moving from something created in a lab towards something that creates value for customers. Said another way, as written here, innovation is…

Lenovo’s on a Hot Streak

A rumored Lenovo-NEC smartphone joint venture would help Lenovo ramp up its phone business and expand existing supply chain relationships the companies have already established in the PC sector. The rumor mill's latest spin is that Lenovo Group Ltd. and NEC Corp. are in “detailed discussions” to team up on mobile, according to Reuters. The…

iPhone Forecast Raises Eyebrows

While tech geeks may be bummed that Apple didn't introduce a new hardware product at last week's developers' conference, some in the electronics supply chain are still scratching their heads wondering how the company's iPhone 5 forecast is holding up. News from the conference focused on the iTunes Radio service and the iOS7 unveil and…

Boeing Cuts Both Risk & Costs

Spreading out engineering operations to minimize risk is one thing, but having them compete with one another for projects is something more. According to this Reuters report, Boeing's new design centers (set up around the US) will compete with each other for projects, with a focus on how good they are at supplying skills at…

The Stigma of Chinese Brands

Even though most electronics and consumer goods production has moved to China, a third of Americans surveyed said they would not buy a brand if they knew it was Chinese-owned. There are two twists that make this survey point ironic, if not slightly amusing: A majority of Americans probably can't name a Chinese brand, and…