Supply Chain Turmoil Looms

IHS just released a troubling report about the high level of semiconductor inventory piling up in the electronics supply chain. According to the report, days of inventory (DOI) held by chip companies at the end of the second quarter was an unusually high 83.4 days. That's above the level seen right before the economic meltdown…

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Apple: Beyond Steve Jobs

Goodbye, Steve Jobs. The cofounder, chairman, and former CEO of {complink 379|Apple Inc.} and one of the technology world's most innovative minds died Wednesday. He was 56. Jobs will be sorely missed by his family, colleagues, friends, and even foes. Jobs came, conquered, and left a lasting legacy. We mourn his passing but, just as…

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My Mom, the Supply Chain Whiz

I have a secret. Everything I know about managing a successful supply chain, I learned from my mother. No, my mom didn't have a PhD in supply chain management or an MBA in operations. Her credentials were even more impressive than that. My mom was a high school graduate, domestic goddess, and the chief operating…

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Big Blue Cranks Innovation Engine

When {complink 2470|IBM Corp.} celebrated its 100th anniversary this summer, I noticed a consistent theme throughout the media coverage of the milestone. There was, of course, a great deal of reverence for a company that could endure a century's worth of economic ups and downs. But there was also a sometimes less-than-subtle implication that IBM…

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India Enacts RoHS & WEEE Legislation: Who’s Next?

Producers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment take notice: India is the latest country to enact RoHS and WEEE legislation. Hazardous substance and electronic waste legislation is here to stay and is expanding worldwide. RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) legislation was previously enacted in the European Union, Japan, China, Korea, and California. WEEE (Waste…

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Estonia: Tech’s New Innovation Hub

Every once in a while in this space, we talk about places turning heads with their budding entrepreneurial communities and technological innovations. Lately, Estonia is popping up on the radar screen. Estonia, a Northern European country with the highest GDP per person among former Soviet republics, is earning a reputation as a startup country and…

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Keeping the Faith With Apple

There's no better time to point out that {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is infallible than the day everyone else is queuing up to applaud the company's rollout of another great product. Today, the world's most successful company by market value will unveil an update to its smartphone — that's the expectation, anyway. Orders for the iPhone…

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Enhanced Visibility Key to Supply Chain Efficiency

As Tier 2 OEMs in the high-tech industry continue to expand their manufacturing footprint across multiple geographies, managing operational execution along multiple points in their extended supply network becomes increasingly complex. In many cases, an OEM's manufacturing strategy uses a combination of multiple contract manufacturers (CM) and wholly owned subsidiaries. Each of these globally dispersed…

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