Manufacturing Trends Revolutionize Procurement

Experts say that the industry is in the midst of a new industrial revolution. If they're right, then supply chain professionals should brace themselves for substantial changes in their jobs. A raft of new technologies is leading to a renaissance in manufacturing. The advent of cloud computing, ubiquitous connectivity, mobile devices, big-data, and 3D printing,…

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Manage Your Suppliers, Protect Your Brand

The lesson of Apple's god-awful fiasco with its supplier Foxconn teaches that supplier management is part of brand management. Revelations of abject working conditions at Foxconn's plants in China, reports of employee suicides, followed by Apple's rejection of Foxconn shipments for poor quality took their toll on Apple's image among consumers and investors alike. How…

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Who Gets the Last Word: Design or Purchasing?

The connector market is often described as evolutionary — ­­rather than revolutionary — in its technology advancements, but that doesn’t mean the sector is immune to the electronics industry’s wild swings. The challenges and problems connector manufacturers and design engineers must deal with include the same hurdles the rest of the market faces. Problems as…

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GaN Microelectronics Device Market Growing

While military applications continue to drive the GaN device market, commercial applications have emerged that will help fuel rapid market growth. The recently released Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) Forecast and Outlook, “GaN Microelectronics Market Update: 2012-2017”, concludes that the overall GaN microelectronics device market closed 2012 with revenues of slightly…

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