UPS Partners With Manufacturing Group

Freight services and logistics provider UPS has formed a partnership with The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). UPS will now be recognized as an official “Global Logistics Provider to IMTS and AMT.” AMT members and exhibitors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will benefit by harnessing the power of UPS’s infrastructure to enhance manufacturing…

Where Does EMS Head Next?

The logic behind the concept made enormous sense when OEMs first began focusing on core competencies decades ago. Manufacturing became the main function of specialized contractors such as Flextronics, Solectron, Sanmina, Jabil, Celestica and others while OEMs like IBM Corp., instead of investing in manufacturing plants, concentrated on developing technology, leaving the assembly to the…

The More Things Change in Distribution

There was a period in the electronics distribution industry during which an acquisition in Europe would barely get a second glance. That’s because foreign acquisitions by U.S.-based distributors were happening at roughly one per week. In some cases, it was almost a daily occurrence. Although it appeared at the time that industry leaders Arrow Electronics…

Supply Chain Targets Reverse Logistics

As the electronics industry increases its commitment to the environment, businesses are looking for cradle-to-grave management of electronics products. The after-market handling of products – repair, return, disposal and recycling – has largely been left to a highly fragmented set of companies that may or may not be familiar with the electronics supply chain. In…

How to Retire Used Electronics Profitably

Preparing for end of life isn’t easy, whether for humans or electronic equipment. The process is exceedingly controversial in the electronics industry and can also be costly too for manufacturers that get snagged by conflicting collection and disposal regulations. Surprisingly, though, IT equipment asset retirement can also be done quite profitably if well planned. Industry…