Aerospace & Defense Ready to Embrace EMS

It’s no secret that electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers have been trying to increase their profit margins. Deeper penetration into the aerospace and defense (A&D) markets may provide such an opportunity, Frost & Sullivan reports. “To maximize revenues, EMS providers must respond effectively to changes in the A&D industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement &…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…

Semiconductor Vendors Turn to Vertical Integration

While global supply chains continue to expand and extend their reach, tighter margins and intense competition challenge OEMs to improve processes and streamline operations across the board. Taking a page from the solar industry, we are seeing a real movement in semiconductors to vertical integration, particularly among the service and component distribution channels. Vertical vs.…

Ingram Micro Mobility Speeds Up Device Recovery

Indianapolis, Ind. – In a move to support increasing demand for mobility device repair, refurbishment and recycling, Ingram Micro Mobility, a division of Ingram Micro Inc., is expanding device-recovery service operations at a key returns center in Plainfield, Indiana. The tech distributor and supply chain services company expects 15 percent growth at this facility alone in July. In North America,…

OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

The term “spare parts” may conjure up visions of junkyards, but in the high-tech industry they represent an opportunity worth billions of dollars for companies willing to manage after-market logistics. The storage and maintenance of spare parts is often a drain on company resources. Holding and maintaining inventory costs money that could be better invested…

Remanufacturing on the Rise

Some businesses call it refurbishing, others call it remanufacturing. It’s the process of restoring worn products to almost new, and it represents a significant market opportunity for the supply chain, according to the APICS Foundation. Remanufacturing is an area of growing interest for supply chain and operations management professionals, the foundation says. Previously segmented to specific areas…

When it Comes to Reverse Logistics, Flexibility Matters

Logistics is logistics is logistics– right?  Wrong.  The direction the product is moving in the supply chain – forward or backward – makes a difference. Forward logistics, or the forward supply chain, is all about getting the product to market.  In contrast, reverse logistics, or the aftermarket supply chain, is inclusive of events that move…

Consider Culture When Expanding Reverse Logistics

Discussions around the importance of culture in reverse logistics typically focus on the need to establish an organizational culture which not only supports reverse logistics, but also recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to reverse logistics.  While this discussion is important, there is another culture discussion – one which is critical to success and,…

Trust But Verify Reverse Logistics Providers

The perception of the reverse logistics industry has shifted over the last several years.  Reverse logistics has gone from being viewed as an afterthought to a necessary evil to being recognized as a wealth of opportunity.  This shift has occurred as a result of several factors including: shortened product lifecycles, increased regulations and standards, consumer…

Value Optimization and a Holistic Approach to Reverse Logistics

Growing your business value is about value optimization.  A foundational component of value optimization is creating and implementing solutions or systems.  In recent years companies have spent millions of dollars on investing in systems to track and report on their reverse logistics efforts and practices.  The reality is that many of these systems are inadequate…