Is Outsourcing Losing Its Appeal?

Vertical integration? Manufacturing in-house? The last few weeks I’ve been reading things that make me think I’m living in the 1980s. For more than 20 years now, the conventional wisdom has been that companies should focus on design and marketing and outsource the rest. This gave rise to a whole new electronics manufacturing industry. Indeed…

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My Fitbit Experiment: Week 2

I’m sitting here angrily munching on gingersnaps because the Fitbit dashboard makes me enter every single cookie separately. Or I could enter them by weight. How about I just round up to 10? Will that make you happy, Fitbit? Now I’m going to eat 10 gingersnap cookies to spite something. Probably myself. (See: My Fitbit…

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Is Apple Becoming Too Human?

This was not supposed to happen to {complink 379|Apple Inc.}. The world’s biggest company by market value and the most successful consumer electronics company had had invincibility conferred upon it and should never have missed analysts’ quarterly financial forecasts. Its share price should continue to defy gravity and must never come under the kind of…

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High-Tech & Obamacare

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision backing the Affordable Care Act will certainly affect technology businesses in many ways. Whether you support Obamacare or not, business owners and investors need to be armed with the facts about the impact of the ACA, specifically the tax affects. Specifically, ACA imposes a new 3.8 percent tax on…

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New Supply Chain Models Hit the Cloud

True collaboration is the goal of a supply chain partnership, but that ideal is hindered by a number of factors. One is the set-up of most data management systems, which shield and protect information within individual silos. Within the four walls of a corporation, for example, the status of a financial transaction is not visible…

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The Information Squeeze

Do any of the components in your product contain conflict minerals? Are they manufactured in sweatshops? Do their factories follow environmental best-practices? Are you sure about your answers? These may be tough questions for many companies to answer. In fact, it seems as if many companies don’t want to know the answers. But the days…

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Safeguarding the Supply Chain

Whoever said getting parts from Point A to Point B was an easy task was probably born in the electronics industry’s pre-Internet, pre-just-in-time days. While software, mobile applications, and high-speed global connectivity have certainly made it easier to process orders, track parts, manage exceptions and ensure on-time delivery, all of these things have also added…

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