Hurricane Sandy, Eat This!

As I sit here in Brooklyn, New York, awaiting the horrific onslaught of Hurricane Sandy as it roars up the Gulf Stream, takes aim at Atlantic City, and veers northward toward the Envy of Western Civilization, I feel a thrill. I know Sandy is already destined to go down in history as the Greatest, Most…

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When China Bites…

Let me start by completing the sentence in the headline. When China bites, sales decline, profits sag, and the future of a foreign enterprise in the country becomes fuzzy, its investment runs into significant jeopardy, and all the assumptions about the nation's potentials go haywire. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota are finding out how unpredictable China…

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Electronics & the Unending Economic Crisis

There's a direct line between the global economic doldrums and the lackluster results announced by many of the biggest technology companies. The inevitable conclusion reached from reviewing the third-quarter results and fourth-quarter outlooks from companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Intel, IBM, Texas Instruments, and STMicroelectronics is that the entire industry is being impacted by…

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Dispelling E-Commerce Myths

Possibly one of the most misunderstood dynamics in the electronics supply chain is the impact of Internet-based buying and/or e-commerce. A little more than a decade ago, brand owners became capable of selling their wares directly to customers without shipping, storing, or managing them elsewhere. What we now know is that the Amazon.com-model has worked…

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Procurement Functions a PC Cannot Perform

Based on previous comments about procurement strategies, I can appreciate the value of this subject as a focus point for this month. As one respondent noted, procurement operations are key cost-control contributors in any company requiring inventory in order to be able to offer goods and services. It pays to identify individual strategies that can…

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