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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UPS Freight Announces 2012 Rate Adjustment

RICHMOND, Va. — UPS Freight, the nation's fourth largest less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, today announced a general rate increase averaging 5.9 percent covering noncontractual shipments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The rate adjustment takes effect on July 16, 2012, and applies to minimum charge, LTL rates, and accessorial charges. Customers will be able to…

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Russia Seeks Electronics Export Strategy

Eastern and Central Europe have been a focus for electronic companies seeking new market opportunities. (See: Central Europe: Where Opportunities Equal Challenges.) Russia in particular bears watching. Its electronics component market grew 25 percent in 2011 to $2.4 billion, and a study recently released by the Association of Suppliers of Electronic Components (ASPEC), a Russian…

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Premier Farnell Buys Embest

LONDON — Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) announces the completion of its acquisition of Shenzhen Embest Technology Co Ltd (Embest), a leading provider of embedded system development boards and tools, as well as design engineering services with gross assets of approximately £0.5 million (at current exchange rates). Embest, which is based in China, will provide solutions…

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Avnet Makes Tender Offer for Internix

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. announced today that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has launched a tender offer bid for all outstanding shares of Internix, Inc. (Internix), a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 2657), substantially expanding its presence in the Japanese market. Established in 1970 by founder the late Yoshiharu Fujisawa, Internix…

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Arrow ECS Launches ArrowSphere

PARIS — Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], today unveiled ArrowSphere, a cloud services aggregation and brokerage platform for the European solution provider community, system integrators, independent software vendors and service providers. Through ArrowSphere, Arrow ECS is adding new growth opportunities for enterprise and midmarket business solutions for…

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Anti-Counterfeit Law Hits Turbulence in Europe

The European parliament may have effectively killed or at best rendered impotent a major anti-counterfeiting and digital piracy treaty after legislators overwhelmingly voted down the agreement on Wednesday. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was initially signed last October by eight countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States. The…

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High-Tech’s Total Cost Quandary

As the complexity of customer needs continues to evolve rapidly, everyone must create solutions matching those needs. Understanding total costs involved in delivering these solutions is necessary to evaluate cost-service tradeoffs and ensure that customer requirements are addressed in a profitable manner. The analysis and quantification of all activities and associated costs incurred in order…

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