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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Rust Belt Reflections

MADISON, Wis. — Heading west on the Illinois Tollway last week, I passed a familiar landmark, the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. It occurred to me how much this sprawling complex had touched my life, although I'd never had — or even considered — a job there. The closest I got to employment at Belvidere was…

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Supply Chain Volatility: The New Norm

Despite my years in the electronics industry, I continue to be fascinated with the global supply chain and remain amazed at its overall efficiency. However, I also recognize the constant presence of supply chain volatility — a volatility that has now become the new norm impacting every supply chain decision we make. Contributing to this…

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The New Economics of Offshoring

We're entering a very gray area as the electronics supply chain evolves, and that's a good thing. For years, the conversation was bipolar: Either offshoring is good, or offshoring is bad. But today, it's not quite so simple, and John Knight has a front-row seat to watch and exploit the changing dynamics. Knight is a…

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