Avoiding Data Breaches in IT Asset Disposal

When the industry thinks of data breaches it raises the specter of a savvy hacker lurking very far, and yet very close, intermingling with a larger organization of internet criminals, breaking into our technology and gathering most private information: credit card and bank account details, social security numbers, and personal health and income data. The…

North America Leads in Smart Home & IoT Security Efforts

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be a global enabler of connected – well– things. But some geographic regions may have an edge is adopting the technology that will “smarten” everything from appliances to cities to the grid. North America, according to recent research, will lead the world in smart home development at least through…

U.S. Manufacturing Facing a Worker Shortage

Opponents of offshore manufacturing and immigration reform point to U.S. job losses as the main effect of these actions. Yet two studies released this week conclude the U.S. manufacturing industry is facing a drastic shortage of talent. The U.S. will require nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, and 2 million of those jobs are…

Customers Are Online. If You Aren’t, You Are at a Disadvantage

Buyers online. They are conducting research and gathering information so that they can make a purchase. Will your company show up when the buyer conducts an online search? If your company doesn’t rank on the first page of the search engine results it is unlikely that your company will be found by the buyer. (Page…

Smartphone Displays: Still Room to Improve

Even someone that loves their smartphone will admit displays still have room for improvement. Apical Ltd., provider of advanced imaging technology to manufacturers of smartphones and other devices, unveiled the results of its annual smartphone survey.  The study illuminated some surprising data about how consumers engage with their smartphone as well as demonstrating continued smartphone display…

10 Trends That Will Drive Manufacturing in 2015

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. has been steadily growing all year, and capital investment usually accompanies growth. Over the next few years, manufacturers will be leaning more heavily on IT to help them face the challenges of emerging markets; compliance; and increasing efficiency, IDC Manufacturing Insights reports. Connectivity will play a major role in helping…

An Enterprise-Centric Approach to Labeling

As the last article in this 5-part series, to review, it is clear that the existing challenges for labeling in the electronics industry are begging for a solution.  The list of what can go wrong, is significant:  mislabeling and related data errors, customer and regulatory fines, loss of business, label-related safety compliance, inability to scale…

Essentials of the Green Supply Chain

Growing public concern for the environment is driving companies to pay more attention to their ‘green’ footprint – not just in the products they manufacture, but also in the supply chain that carries them. What first started as an image improvement effort has evolved into a business imperative and, in the most advanced companies, a…

Top Procurement Teams Deliver Twice the Cost Reductions

Chicago, Ill. —While strategies to control costs vary across industries, achieving cost reductions is always a concern for procurement and supply chain executives. A new study from A.T. Kearney indicates that leading company procurement organizations are at the forefront of these reductions, delivering twice the cost reduction compared to other companies through excellence in managing…