MWC: Mobile Technology Madness

BARCELONA, Spain — An estimated 70,000 people — mobile executives, analysts, app developers, tech geeks, and industry watchers — have descended again on Mobile World Congress here to Barcelona for a few days to talk shop and wheel-and-deal. They're also trying to figure out — in this very noisy environment — what it all means.…

Rethinking Supply Chain Resiliency

Supply-chain resiliency is something companies in the high-tech sector and other industries have been talking about for years. Even with all the talk, it still remains a relatively vague concept mentioned in the same dreamy way people discuss supply-chain flexibility and agility. As elusive and ever-changing as resilience may be (mostly because changing world circumstances…

Water Risks Impacting Supply Chains

Supply-chain professionals deal with all kinds of risks every day, from managing routine shipping delays to second-sourcing products when a natural disaster hits a key supplier. But there are a number of other global issues that should compel supply chain experts and corporate senior management teams to rethink their risks and their potential impact. One…

Changes in the OEM World

Maybe it's still early enough in the new year to think about starting fresh. Or maybe companies are seriously considering which operational areas work best and which don't. Or maybe they are launching in or expanding in other product segments to shake off the economic malaise from the last few years. Whatever the reason, it…

Cutting Costs & Getting It Right

With much of the Western world still dealing with soft economic conditions, it's not surprising that controlling costs will remain a top priority for many companies this year. Not surprisingly either, it's likely that many of those cost-control directives will fall to the supply chain and procurement teams. Commonly, the finance department believes improved sourcing…