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…

Developing Economies Want More IoT

If there is any limitation to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s that devices need an internet connection to function. Many parts of the world don’t have the level of connectivity that the U.S. and other developed nations enjoy. It’s possible, research suggests, that the appeal of the IoT will accelerate the rate of internet…

How Distribution Can Capitalize on the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, and the market opportunities are mind-boggling: 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The value of the IoT devices and services market will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The benefits to users are infinite. Is this the “killer app” the high-tech market has been waiting for? The…

Massive $20B Components Waste Haunts Supply Chain

The electronics industry urgently needs an energetic components exchange program to help address an inventory imbalance that is distorting the supply chain and resulting in the wastage of parts valued in excess of $20 billion annually, says a top industry executive. While some companies are implementing programs for helping customers individually address the problem it…

Top 20 Electronics Supply Chain Myths

Electronics manufacturers are used to harsh cyclical downturns often caused by their reliance on unverified assumptions about industry fundamentals. Even the biggest chipmakers, OEMs and other leading supply chain players have fallen victims to these myths, many of which sound quite believable and continue to be propagated by some top industry executives. Bursting any of…

DHL Tests Augmented Reality For Use in Logistics

Electronics distribution warehouses are among the most automated in the world. Because electronics component part numbers can be 12 or more characters long, the likelihood of human error – in data entry, storage and picking — is significant. Scanning technologies have vastly improved those processes; and robotics have eliminated much of the handling associated with…

Building Lasting Supply Chain Alliances

No enterprise involved in the electronics supply chain operates in a vacuum, not even companies that have a monopoly on their economic sector. It’s easy, though, for a business to keep a relationship going on past its benefits for the wrong reasons. It’s a trap a former British foreign secretary and prime minister identified generations…