Infographic: Conflict Minerals Trail

Fourteen months from now, the first conflict minerals reports are due to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC, in August 2012, ruled that US manufacturers and contract manufacturers must disclose any use of conflict minerals that originated in the Congo, where human rights abuses are linked to battles over those minerals. Here's a…

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Mouser Receives Top Award from Harwin

MANSFIELD, TEXAS–Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it has been honored with the 2012 Global Product and Market Outreach Award from Harwin, a highly respected global designer and manufacturer of specialty interconnects. The award from Harwin is in recognition of Mouser’s…

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Houston, We Have a Supply Chain Problem

Most people have heard the acronym “VUCA” as used to describe changing and sometimes dangerous situations. The military used this acronym to describe extreme conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan. VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. When I think of VUCA, I want to change it to “VACUUM” as it applies to my supply…

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Supply Chain Accounting 101

Most supply chain professionals would benefit from some training in accounting. I am surprised by the number of times I encounter people holding positions of responsibility who just don't understand the numbers well enough. I must admit that accountants don't make it particularly easy. Take cashflow calculations as an example. There are two ways of…

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Trade Secrets for Sale

To catch a criminal, you have to think like a criminal. That's what Sherlock Holmes and other super sleuths espouse as a sure-fire method for outthinking perps and anticipating their next move. It works against counterfeiters, thieves, hackers, pirates, and other criminal types. Intellectual property theft accounts for billions of dollars of lost revenue and…

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