Some Good News for Europe, but Not Much

Uncertainty still hangs over Europe, where politicians struggle to wring out near-term fixes for ongoing economic woes. However, consumers in some pockets of Europe recently shrugged off the malaise (at least for a little while) and pulled out their wallets. Recently released retail sales reports from around Europe showed a general unexpected uptick in May.…

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10 Tips for Effectively Using Whitepapers

Whitepapers are among the most overused and abused promotional tactics short of news releases. The consistently made mistake is they are merely revised sales literature and don't deliver a clean, clear, informative story. Self-publishing is an inexpensive and effective tool for tech marketers but just don't call product promotional stuff a “whitepaper.” However, whitepapers can…

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Price vs. Volume Poll: The Results Are In

The results of a recent EBN poll regarding the relationship between component price and volume are in — with strong support (75 percent) for the idea that a relationship exists. As reported in my blog a few weeks ago, this is the complete opposite of what I observe using freebenchmarking.com data. Faced with this dichotomy,…

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Supply Chain & the Information Bottleneck

With increasing regulations and more consumer attention on the materials used in electronics parts and the environmental impacts of manufacturing, OEMs are trying to figure out how to make their supply chains more transparent. But gathering and organizing detailed information at every stage of the supply chain is a tough nut to crack. Not only…

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Building Consistency Into Your Supply Chain

Consistency, speed, and dependability should be “givens” in the modern supply chain. High-level ERP and MRP platforms have been enhanced by software than can analyze, plan, and execute just about anything. Market pressure and experience have weeded out many of the underperformers in supply chain services (particularly during the last recession). Yet competition in the…

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Supply Chain Basics: Know Yourself & the Enemy

If I were to ask the most critical question with regard to what assures a company's success in its business sector, I would expect a variety of responses, including product quality, efficient operations, an aggressive and effective sales and marketing effort, key inside industry contacts, a good reputation, and, of course, innovative ideas for the…

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Leveraging ERP for a Lean Supply Chain

Recently, a large manufacturer in Asia deployed SAP to improve its business processes and implement lean practices in its supply chain. Participants on the deployment team observed four simple ways the deployment contributed to lean manufacturing. “Lean,” in the supply chain context, requires a holistic view of procurement, manufacturing, distribution, and sales-order processing. This, in…

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Interpreting the ‘Mini-iPad’ Buzz

The last time {complink 379|Apple Inc.} was rumored to be releasing a mini-iPad, we got the “new iPad” (aka iPad 3). (See: Behind Apple’s Alleged Move to Small Screens.) Net result: same size, better display. A new spate of mini-iPad reports is surfacing, fueling speculation behind Apple's strategy. Is it competing with Microsoft's Surface, Google's…

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