Thailand: A Manufacturing Snapshot

Ten years ago, you would have seen textile and heavy industrial factories lining the seaboard around Bangkok. Today, the country's manufacturing scene has shifted upwards on the production scale. Competing with other Asian countries — namely, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam — for manufacturing contracts and direct foreign investment, Thailand's top three exported products are…

Safeguarding the Supply Chain

Whoever said getting parts from Point A to Point B was an easy task was probably born in the electronics industry's pre-Internet, pre-just-in-time days. While software, mobile applications, and high-speed global connectivity have certainly made it easier to process orders, track parts, manage exceptions and ensure on-time delivery, all of these things have also added…

Some Good News for Europe, but Not Much

Uncertainty still hangs over Europe, where politicians struggle to wring out near-term fixes for ongoing economic woes. However, consumers in some pockets of Europe recently shrugged off the malaise (at least for a little while) and pulled out their wallets. Recently released retail sales reports from around Europe showed a general unexpected uptick in May.…

Supply Chain in the Cloud

People talk about the cloud as if it had the power to change the world. That may be a lofty goal, but we have apparently reached a point where it could be changing the electronics supply chain, if not on a wide scale, then at least on a company-by-company basis. A collaboration between {complink 9284|Lenovo…