Raytheon Acquires Analytics Business

 Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired a privately held company, Visual Analytics Incorporated, further extending Raytheon’s capabilities to meet the data analytics, data visualization and information sharing needs of its customers. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As one of the largest processors of data for the intelligence community, Raytheon has extensive experience handling…

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Prices May Soar on EDI Transactions

The history of electronic ordering is complex, and incremental changes in the way orders are processed have exploited technologies as they have become available. The happy result is the overall lowering of costs per transaction. Leading transaction hub GXS, which handles millions of EDI transactions, has made it known that it intends to change its…

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New China Train System Aims at IT Supply Chains

Three months ago, the Chinese government shut down its lumbering, scandal-plagued Railway Ministry. Now, the massive cargo system's replacement, China Rail Corp., is promising big changes. Of course, a train system is in the works. The agency is also promising a comprehensive logistics operation built to serve China's new manufacturing economy — particularly the semiconductor…

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EMS Notebook PC Shipments at 3-Year Low

 Contract manufacturers of notebook computers suffered a worse-than-expected first quarter after shipments to clients like Apple Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. tumbled to the lowest level in three years, according to a PC Dynamics Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Global shipments of notebook computers from original design manufacturers (ODM) during January…

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Pursue Innovation, Reject Novelty

There's a fine line between innovation that's useful and innovation that's a trendy novelty. A well-defined line could reduce operational risks and supply chain challenges. As one PwC report points out, innovation is moving from something created in a lab towards something that creates value for customers. Said another way, as written here, innovation is…

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The Road to Smart Supply Chain Marketing

Like any business, a supply chain company needs to form its business story and build intelligent campaigns. A few key preparations link directly to a successful outcome. Management attention Management needs to invest a chunk of time initially to get the company's story nailed and incorporated into the communications effort. The thread needs to be…

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Century Fasteners to Distribute Cherry Aerospace

 Century Fasteners Corp. (www.CenturyFasteners.com) has become an authorized distributor for Cherry Aerospace (www.CherryAerospace.com). In addition to making world-class Cherry products more broadly available to distributors and OEMs, the new partnership expands Century’s existing services to the manufacturing community by enabling the company to provide deeper bill of material coverage to complement its product offering. “This…

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ECIA Names Victor Meijers as MarCom VP

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is pleased to announce the selection of Victor Meijers as the organization’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Mr. Meijers is a seasoned executive with over twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and strategic planning within the OEM and Distribution industries. “We are very excited to have…

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NeoPhotonics Opens New Factory in China

 NeoPhotonics Corp., a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based optoelectronic modules and subsystems for bandwidth intensive high speed communications networks, today announced first shipments of optical transceiver modules out of its new, high capacity factory in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China.  “This milestone represents our commitment to our customers for production…

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