Arrow Tool Links Purchasing and Engineering

Ever since the Internet became a factor in the electronics supply chain, companies have been trying to figure out the best use for the web. Distributors in particular had a stake in the process because the Internet was supposedly poised to eliminate the need for a supply chain “middleman.” The channel instead has harnessed the…

Why RFID is a Purchasing Dream Tool

Having just attended the RFID Live 2013 conference in San Francisco, I was reminded of the myriad applications for RFID in tracking assets, monitoring systems and transmitting key data to and from sensing and recording devices. As I considered the potential uses of RFID technology for purchasing and operations people, I mentally formulated an end-to-end…

Slideshow: 3 Recommendations to Control Knowledge Spillover in the Supply Chain

IMD’s survey of 34 executives in the high-tech sector reveals that they recognize knowledge spillovers is a critical issue in today’s supply chains. They also see suppliers and customers as important sources of information for innovation. However, managers need to be aware of the risks of negative leaks, which can have detrimental consequences for the…

Perks and Pitfalls of Knowledge Diffusion in the Supply Chain

Do you collaborate with and learn from your suppliers, or are you serving them the knowledge to compete with you head-on on a silver platter? This question is increasingly relevant in today’s global competitive environment. Firms are routinely leveraging global sourcing to gain cost advantages, but competition nowadays occurs between supply chains rather than businesses.…

UPS Partners With Manufacturing Group

Freight services and logistics provider UPS has formed a partnership with The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). UPS will now be recognized as an official “Global Logistics Provider to IMTS and AMT.” AMT members and exhibitors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will benefit by harnessing the power of UPS’s infrastructure to enhance manufacturing…

A better Path to Purchasing Cost Reduction

  Lytica Inc. offers our customers an M&A Synergy Savings report. For us, this is an interesting report because it allows us to observe in detail the purchasing effectiveness of two companies that have operated independently. For our customers on an acquisition path, this is a very important and informative report. Synergy savings are the…

Gartner IDs 10 Key Tech Trends for 2014

With every new technology comes the opportunity for supply chain partners to tap into new customers or markets. Market research firm Gartner has identified the top 10 technology trends it deems strategic for most organizations during 2014. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the…

SMTC Bags SpiderCloud Business

SMTC Corp. said it has signed an agreement to provide contract manufacturing services to communications equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless in North America, helping to boost sales at the EMS provider. The sales potential and volume shipment of the transaction was not disclosed and privately-owned SpiderCloud does not disclose its revenue numbers. Aside from the additional…