Tame the Supply Chain Complexity Beastie

It’s easy to say, “Reduce your product portfolio and you will reduce your supply chain complexity.” In reality, that is simply not true. Real world dynamics don’t truly support conceptual ideas of “less is more.” Companies are driven to increase profits, and new products help drive demand, which brings more sales. That scenario is not…

More Connected Cars + Increased Cyber Threats = Closer Supply Chain Relationships 

The race to bring more cars into the connected world is heightening concerns about security risks and vulnerability in the wake of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.   Although everyone knows collaboration is necessary, they are gaps between how the automotive supply chain is balancing go-to-market plans with adequate protection against digital threats. On a broad market…

A New Use for High-Speed Fiber Optics: Connecting Smart Factories

Machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have risen to the forefront of many strategic technology conversations. Companies are revamping product designs and component capabilities to allow for seamless, real-time communication flows between devices. Executives talk about how constant transmission and automated analysis of machine-generated information will transform the way we live, work,…

Customer Demand for Faster Service Reshapes Last-Mile Delivery

For many years, business-to-business logistics shaped the ways that products moved around the world. Now, consumer demands may make a bigger difference than ever before.  Shipment pricing, transportation mode, and delivery reliability influenced which brand-name logistics provider got the deal. Then, e-commerce showed up. During those early days, it borrowed some of the delivery practices…

Qualcomm’s Supply Chain Dilemma

Now that the news about the mega-Qualcomm-NXP deal has been fairly well digested, the hard work of integrating business practices will soon be underway. Qualcomm’s proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP puts together companies not only with different product and market segment expertise, but with significantly different design and supply chain strategies. Absorbing these differences…

Flexible Electronics Turn a Corner

Interest in flexible electronics is growing. Still a young market with its potential yet to be defined, the global flexible electronics market is poised to see compounded annual growth rate of close to 67% between  2016 and 2020, according to Technavio analysts’ latest report. Image courtesy: University of Minnesota While its worldwide appeal is increasing,…