The Ins and Outs of Customer Labeling Requirements

If the common systems for product labeling in the electronics industry were working flawlessly, there would be no demand for change. But even just a cursory review of what manufacturers must accomplish in labeling generates a profile of an approach that is unsustainable. Consider, for example, what manufacturers need to do simply to comply with…

Buyers Upbeat on Business Outlook for 2014

Although the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector cooled down a bit in September, the industry topped off its third consecutive quarter of expansion that month. One of the nation’s leading indexes, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, decreased in September by 2.4 percentage points to 56.6 percent. Nevertheless, said Bradley J. Holcomb,…

Hong Kong’s Changing Role in the Supply Chain

Long before China became the go-to destination for foreign manufacturing, there was Hong Kong. During the 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong was a low-cost center for manufacturing and the electronics industry’s window into the vast market that was China. Although Hong Kong’s role has changed significantly since China opened its doors to foreign trade, it…

M2M Redefines the Supply Chain and Transportation

Operational visibility – knowing where a shipment is and monitoring the environmental conditions in near real-time of cargo in-transit – is becoming an important tool for the supply chain and the transportation industries, according to a new survey of shippers and logistics providers conducted by eyefortransport (eft) in conjunction with AT&T. One way to gather…

REE Prices Spike Following China Embargo

Rare earth elements (REEs) differ significantly from conflict minerals in all but one aspect: their availability—or lack thereof—has the potential to disrupt the electronics supply chain. REEs are exactly as they sound: compounds that appear in nature that are scarce or difficult to mine. Conflict minerals – also natural elements – are concentrated in regions…

Study: Supply Chain Leaders Invest Heavily in Tech

Effectively reaching rapidly-developing emerging markets is often a challenge for businesses that require bricks as well as clicks. For example, unlike the travel industry – where an inventory of airline seats or hotel rooms is literally virtual – the electronics industry requires its inventory to stored and physically moved around the globe. Technology, of course, has…

Independent Audit of Conflict Minerals Law Compliance Rare

Semiconductor vendors, most major consumer electronic OEMs and other high-tech companies largely ignored the voluntary independent audit requirement for compliance with the Dodd-Franks Conflict Minerals legislation in 2013 and this will most likely remain unchanged for 2014, according to a report compiled by Schulte Roth & Zabel, a law firm that provides advisory services to…

How Enterprise Labeling Can Optimize the Supply Chain

The electronics industry today is characterized by an ever-sprawling set of global supply chains, causing an increase in disparate labeling systems spread across the enterprise with an ever increasing volume of duplicated label and redundant master data. This begs the question: how effective is labeling in the electronics industry today? Can labeling be more optimized…

How Will Western Business History Rate Offshoring?

Forget about lost manufacturing jobs and the social implications. In time, Western high-tech companies and other manufacturers may come to rue their decision to offshore manufacturing to Asian low cost locations. As rivals pop up like daisies in China, some observers in Europe and North America are moving to the conclusion that offshoring was at…