Water Risks Impacting Supply Chains

Supply-chain professionals deal with all kinds of risks every day, from managing routine shipping delays to second-sourcing products when a natural disaster hits a key supplier. But there are a number of other global issues that should compel supply chain experts and corporate senior management teams to rethink their risks and their potential impact. One…

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Technology Transfer Fuels Counterfeiting

Does reverse engineering a competitor's product bother you ethically? The pervasive practice of opening the other guy's enclosure to see what's inside is not considered outright espionage, but it is rarely done openly. If it is unacceptable to peek into another company's R&D labs, then why do many businesses have their competitors' products on the…

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China Isn’t Being Displaced

I find myself confused between what I read in the press and my personal experience. One example is the exodus of manufacturing from China to North America. While this widely espoused turn of events may play well to nationalism and hope for local job creation, I don't see it. My clients are being well served…

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Even a Tech Firm Can Use a Brand Personality

Some well known tech brands have well established personalities. Often those personalities may not be exactly what their managements would prefer. Google, Microsoft, AT&T, and Comcast come to mind. But tech brands can help themselves by establishing or nurturing a personality that connects with their customers in a positive way just as many consumer brands…

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Turmoil in Consumer Electronics Market

The announcement that {complink 4267|Royal Philips Electronics N.V.} is leaving the consumer electronics business and will sell its Lifestyle Entertainment Business — which includes its audio, video, multimedia, and accessories — to Japanese consumer electronics company Funai Electric Co. for $201.8 million is a reminder that change is constant, and there are no guarantees that…

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Changes in the OEM World

Maybe it's still early enough in the new year to think about starting fresh. Or maybe companies are seriously considering which operational areas work best and which don't. Or maybe they are launching in or expanding in other product segments to shake off the economic malaise from the last few years. Whatever the reason, it…

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Balancing the Business & Technical Challenges of SSL

As solid-state lighting (SSL) continues to penetrate the overall general lighting market, it's generating significant new market opportunities for both traditional lighting companies, as well as technology companies that may be new to lighting. Continued, rapid technology advancements are facilitating greater performance for more value, which in turn creates a more compelling ROI payback model.…

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