Reduce Lead Times & Slash Inventories

Inventory is expensive. By looking carefully for unneccessary delays in the supply, manufactures have an opportunity to cut lead times and improve business outcomes substaintially. Pulse Electronics, an electronic components provider, recently announced it had reduced its product lead time by 50 percent, to four to five weeks. The expected results of reduced lead times…

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SGI Names Jabil Key Supply Chain Partner

Jabil Circuit Inc. has been selected by Silicon Graphics International Corp. as its main contract manufacturer and provider of other supply chain services as the enterprise computing and storage equipment vendor continued its recovery and cost-reduction programs. SGI said the agreement would give it greater supply chain flexibility by allowing it to respond swiftly to…

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Key Trends in the High-Tech Aftermarket

Forward-thinking technology companies have been eyeing the aftermarket–the range of products and services required to maintain or reclaim a product after sale–for several years now.  A recent study reinforces the demand for after-market services and the opportunities service providers have in this growing sector. The aftermarket has long been just an afterthought to the sales and…

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STMicroelectronics & Great Wall Motor Establish Joint Lab

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of automotive electronics, together with Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GWM), China’s leading SUV and pickup manufacturer and privately owned enterprise, today announced a strategic partnership and the establishment of a joint development laboratory at GWM’s…

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Coming Home to a New World

Have you ever gone back to the hometown you knew well after a long time away? I've been away from the electronics supply chain for a decade or so and the new landscape is amazing. Nearly a quarter of a century ago, I began my career as an associate editor of Electronics Buyers News, what…

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Mobile Heath Tests Supply Chain Fitness

Staggering projected growth of mobile health and fitness applications and devices will put more focus on high-tech healthcare manufacturing and shift supply chain dynamics. Whether you call it mobile health, connected health, telehealth, remote monitoring, or self-motivated fitness and health tracking, the crossover between healthcare, well being, and mobile technology is happening in a big…

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