US Manufacturing Revival: Smoke & Mirrors or Something Real?

By the numbers, the US manufacturing sector has been growing for several consecutive quarters. However, global economic and geopolitical concerns remain below the surface. The manufacturing sector's economic activity expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, according to the latest “Report On Business” from…

Investing in European Electronics

To regain ground it has lost in the electronics and semiconductor sectors in recent years, the European Union has launched a €5 billion (US$6.8 billion) public-private partnership to boost the electronics design and manufacturing capabilities of its member states. The recently launched Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership (ECSEL) will bring together funding from…

Executives Ponder Shifting Supply Chain & Logistics Practices

Increased risks, rising transportation costs, and complex supply chain practices worry most supply chain professionals. To lessen the anxiety, many executives are reassessing their company's existing practices and looking for ways to get more value from them. Browsing through eyefortransport's (EFT) “Top Ten Supply Chain Presentations” from its recent European and US Chief Supply Chain…

Metal Pricing Impacts Theft Risk

If you thought smartphones, tablets, and laptops were the only items targeted by criminal gangs robbing delivery trucks and cargo containers, think again. Metals are also top-choice products to steal, and they are becoming even more appealing as metal commodity prices increase. As Velocity, a sister publication, noted last month, the electronics supply chain already…