The Evolving Cost of Labor

Should we still consider the cost of labor as one of the main decision points in outsourcing or moving manufacturing to a low-cost region? The answer is, of course, yes. However, with a shift in the global landscape, we should look closely at where that decision may take us. Historically, most roads have led to…

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Nokia Gets Slapped Down, Again

{complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} is going deeper and deeper into junk bond territory. Days after it announced another set of relatively disappointing quarterly results, two agencies piled on by dropping their ratings on the company's debt. Today Moody's Investors Service dropped Nokia’s bond offerings three levels below investment grade at a time when it could use…

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High-Tech Can’t Shake off Nagging Concerns

{complink 21|Accenture} recently completed a survey of North American executives from four manufacturing industries: automotive, consumer products, industrial products, and electronics and high-tech. The survey polled North American manufacturing executives about their corporate manufacturing strategies as they rebuilt operations to generate growth in the wake of the recent economic downturn. The survey found that electronics…

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Can Too Much Information Sharing Kill Innovation?

Recently, at a supply chain conference I was attending, the discussion came around to collaboration and transparency in the communication between supply chain actors. The question was what information should be shared, and what are the limits to transparency, if any? As expected, service providers, OEMs, distributors, and logistic companies had different approaches. In the…

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The Limits of Lean

Ten years ago, “lean” — the practice of eliminating waste and non-value-added activities in the business environment — was the darling of the electronics industry. Like the total quality management (TQM) revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, lean spawned reams of research, consultants, practitioners, awards, and benchmarks. And, like the practices of just-in-time (JIT) and…

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A Roundup of the Latest Results

While Intel’s results were among the most highly-publicized this week (see: 5 Takeaways From Intel’s Q2 Results), a number of other component makers and electronics manufacturers announced their quarterly results. Here’s a roundup: Semiconductors AMD {complink 103|Advanced Micro Devices Inc.}'s revenue reached $1.41 billion, an 11 percent sequential decrease and a 10 percent decrease year-over-year.…

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