Electronics Buyers’ Environmental Role Expands

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is reporting that a growing group of purchasers, including procurement managers in the electronics industry, are increasing their involvement in efforts to collect and share data on environmental risk among their suppliers. Not only has the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) recently teamed with CDP to increase the number of…

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Let’s Call Apple’s Supply Chain What it Really Is

What makes one supply chain superior to another? That’s a question that I’ve been mulling over since Apple Inc. announced that the launch of the Apple Watch has been delayed. Once again, Apple is missing a product release because of an alleged faulty component. And once again, Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list.…

Wearable Sensors to Grow 45.2% Through 2020

The burgeoning wearable electronics market would likely not exist if it weren’t for wearable sensors. The global wearable sensors market was valued at $70 million in 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45.2% from 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report. Wearable sensors are one of the most important components…

Component Distributors Unfazed by Amazon.com

The electronics companies most likely to be affected by Amazon.com/business  — catalog distributors — are not particularly worried about the e-commerce giant’s foray into the b2b components market.  Catalog distributors – and electronics distributors in general –have a number of attributes that provide them a competitive advantage in the high-tech industry. “There are distinct complexities…

SCM/Procurement Software Market Grows 11%

Supply chain management (SCM) and procurement software applications grew 10.8 percent in 2014, reaching $9.9 billion in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Outpacing most software markets, Gartner attributes solid growth in this software segment to the competitive advantage that the supply chain delivers to businesses in terms of driving business growth goals, including improved customer satisfaction,…

2015 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling, Part 2

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a mission-critical component in the supply chain as businesses continue to expand globally. This article, the second of a 2-part…

Is Your Supply Chain Organization in a Talent Crisis?

Supply chain executives at U.S.-based global companies believe their organizations lack the needed skills to evolve their supply chains using new technologies and operating models in contrast to top leadership who overwhelming believe their supply chain organizations have the skills required, according to a new Deloitte study. This big disconnect between supply chain executives and…