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Two weeks ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to allow driverless, autonomous cars on California roads by 2015. {complink 2294|Google} has logged hundreds of thousands of driverless miles using modified Prius hybrids. My mental gears started mashing as I began to think in terms of what this could mean for the supply chain and…

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From B2B to Control Tower

Our industry supply chain challenge is often described as the irreconcilable differences between a very erratic demand pattern and a very rigid supply side. Customers want product in days even though their forecasts aren't always accurate. They are also willing to accept orders that can be difficult to fulfill. On the other side, component manufacturers,…

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Green Tech Investments Continue to Rise

Investment in renewable energy technology is supposed to solve everything from high unemployment rates to global warming. In the US, candidates are battling over who is the “greenest” presidential contender, and unrest in the Middle East has fossil-fuel consumers constantly on edge. But the region that stepped up alternative-energy investments the most in 2011 was…

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Slower Growth in China Sparks M&A Trend

Like other segments in China, the country's semiconductor distribution industry is today growing more slowly than in previous years. The Chinese semiconductor distribution market has entered “the era of slow growth,” according to an IHS iSuppli report. The firm forecasts that the compound annual growth rate of China's distribution sales between 2012 and 2016 will…

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Defending Contract Management in 2013 Budgets

Budgets for 2013 are under tough scrutiny, and procurement teams are defending how each technology, including contract management systems, impacts the bottom line and overall business strategy. At first glance, someone outside of the sourcing department may think that contract management is only about automation and reducing administrative burden. However, here are three new ways…

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The Romney Tax Plan in Short Form

Among the myriad dubious claims associated with last week's first presidential debate was that Republican candidate Mitt Romney's “tax plan” is too mathematically complicated and too conceptually abstruse to explain to ordinary voters in the mere 90 minutes of TV time (about a half-hour longer than Bill Clinton's entire speech at the Democratic convention) allotted…

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How the Internet Burns & Saves Energy

Most of us hardly think of the energy consumption associated with browsing the Internet, and it's true that one individual's contribution to that consumption is small. However, the sum of the world's Internet usage has a huge impact on carbon emissions, and it's this “hidden sum” that prevents us from seeing the real picture. When…

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