3 Tips for Making Supply Chain Management More Sustainable

Sustainability is often little more than a buzzword in modern supply chain management. Multinational corporations set sustainability standards and try to follow them, but the issue of maintaining them across a supply chain can be difficult. True sustainability is a concept built upon three pillars: environments, economics, and people. When supply chain management fails, negative…

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Electronics Leads June Expansion Amid Supply Chain Woes

The computer and electronics industry fueled U.S. manufacturing expansion in June but continues to struggle with shortages, price hikes and logistics bottlenecks, procurement managers told the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Components are by far the biggest challenge, one buyer said, with lead times going from 16 weeks to 52-plus weeks. “Processors are a critical…

MLCC Supply Threatened by Malaysia Lockdown

The indefinite extension of Malaysia’s pandemic-related movement control order (MCO) 3.0 has posed severe challenges for the global MLCC market, according to TrendForce. The high-end MLCC segment, in particular, is expected to suffer the most severe shortage, and products that feature high-end MLCC, such as smartphones, notebooks, networking products, server, and 5G base station components,…

Executives Increase Supply Chain Risk Concerns

Executives remain optimistic about the global economy at the close of Q2, but not every region is benefiting equally from Covid-19 vaccination rates and re-opened businesses. IPC has raised its outlook for the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia and Taiwan but notes Japan, India, Indonesia and Turkey continue to struggle. A recent McKinsey survey likewise…

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5 Ways to Improve Logistics Operations Using Technology

After more than a year of widespread disruptions, supply chain and logistics operations are starting to regain pre-pandemic productivity. About 72 percent of executives surveyed by EY say Covid-19 had an overall negative impact, so the year ahead will be one of rebuilding and growth. It’s the perfect opportunity to improve logistics for any company.…

Unfortunately, Fabs Won’t Fix Forecasting

With Intel Corp. predicting a scarcity of semiconductors that will last years, chip makers are set to build 29 new fabs by the end of 2022, according to industry group SEMI. These plans will have little impact on the current shortage, which has spread well beyond the automotive industry. Although fab plans represent a boon…

Navigating 6 Supply Chain ERP Challenges

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools help supply chain professionals overcome numerous obstacles. However, deciding to use an ERP for improvements brings challenges, too. 1. Choosing an ERP to match your order volume Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in recent orders. Getting more business seems like a good thing, and it’s generally a positive occurrence. However,…

sourcing, procurement, strategic

Why Siemens Bought a Supply Chain Company

Where does a supply chain firm fit into Siemens AG’s portfolio? Supplyframe, which Siemens acquired in May, will be integrated into Siemens’ Digital Industries unit and become part of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. In its 18 years in business, Supplyframe has evolved from a components aggregator to a “design-to-source” intelligence (DSI) firm. Its DSI platform…

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Reshoring 2020: A Wild Ride, but U.S. is Poised for Change

Two leading research firms measure “reshoring” differently, so their analysis rarely agrees. Conclusions for 2020 were no exception, but U.S. manufacturers say they’re committed to reducing their dependence on foreign supplies. The Reshoring Initiative’s index, which tracks jobs and foreign direct investment (FDI), reported a combined total of 160,649 new announcements for 2020. Reshoring exceeded…