U.K. Seeks Bigger High-Tech Role: Mission Impossible?

Is there room in the electronics industry for another mega regional player like China, South Korea and the United States? Government officials and leading high-tech industry executives in the United Kingdom believe so and are actively pushing a plan they believe will dramatically jack up the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP to more than…

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Find Your Perfect Outsourcing Mate

In today’s business climate, you need to be exceptional at your core competency or value proposition to your client and you need to outsource the rest. Finding the right partner, though, is critical to success. Choosing the right partner goes beyond capabilities. You have to consider the corporate culture as well. In addition to being…

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Warehousing Ops: Don’t Forget the Data

Warehousing is changing as the supply chain becomes more distributed and flexible. Specialized service providers prove helpful in the effort, but can add layers to the route that products take from manufacturer to consumer. Because these third-party logistics providers (3PLs) specialize in operations that are typically not core competencies of their customers, they frequently offer…

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Chinese LED Manufacturers Shift Business

 LEDinside, a research division of TrendForce indicated in their “Chinese lighting market report-2013” that the rise of the domestic LED market has brought great business opportunities. After the European debt crisis, the export-oriented Chinese LED lighting industry shifted their business to emerging markets. Exports to Russia, for example, has already accounted for 2.8% of China’s…

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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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