Dueling Swords in EMS market

The financial stats alone make it abundantly clear electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers are among the most endangered species in the electronics industry. They are also among the industry's most adaptive enterprises, constantly tacking on new services and forever restructuring and readjusting operations to fit equally fast-changing revenue models. EMS providers started out as junior…

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Do We Matter Anymore?

A jarring recent post in The Atlantic raises that very question. Charles Davi, a New York-based capital- and derivatives-markets lawyer, crunches sets of numbers and comes to this conclusion: “People are becoming less valuable to companies.” Part of his analysis examines the wage-growth differential in various income brackets (the rich are getting richer scenario) but…

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Rethinking Supply Chain Resiliency

Supply-chain resiliency is something companies in the high-tech sector and other industries have been talking about for years. Even with all the talk, it still remains a relatively vague concept mentioned in the same dreamy way people discuss supply-chain flexibility and agility. As elusive and ever-changing as resilience may be (mostly because changing world circumstances…

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Offshoring’s Innovation Blind Spot?

You and your company consider a variety of factors in deciding whether to offshore: market location, skilled worker pool, regional risk, etc. Apparently, innovation opportunity is not high on that list. That was an early takeaway from our most recent Velocity webinar, which we held Tuesday, Feb. 19, and which is now archived. We asked…

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America’s Declared (& Undeclared) Cyberwar

President Barack Obama issued an executive order in mid-February to make it easier for “eligible critical infrastructure” companies and the US government to share information about network attacks. As the international cyberwar heats up, the executive order represents one of several ways the US government is attempting to protect national interests from network attacks and…

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Major Sourcing Shifts Coming in Next 5 Years

Much like its products, the global high-tech marketplace constantly changes and evolves, making flexibility an essential element for success. Findings from UPS's latest annual Change in the Chain survey, conducted by IDC Manufacturing Insights, demonstrate the need for greater supply chain adaptability, especially when it comes to high-tech executives' shifting sourcing plans. As referenced in…

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