Increasing Supply Chain Complexities Threaten Profits

Boston, MA—The world is changing rapidly, and Industry 4.0 is driving new business models. Competitors are becoming more numerous, more formidable, and more global, which puts profitability at risk as whole supply chains shift in industries. Steve Bowen’s new book “Total Value Optimization” describes the pressure today’s corporate leaders are under to deliver differentiated, lasting…

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Innovation Now: How Technology Drives Supply Chain Evolution

Time-sensitive deliveries, lean inventories, and shorter product lifecycles consistently place greater demands on the supply chain. With supply chain technology advancements, shippers have increased expectations of what logistics providers can accomplish, and the proper alignment of those expectations is the key to guaranteeing success between both parties.  Shippers and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are becoming…

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Broadcom-Qualcomm: Another Blunder in the Making

The $130 billion offer by Broadcom Ltd. for Qualcomm Inc. announced this week will rank as the industry’s biggest deal but that designation alone should give cause for concern. Huge deals like this are notorious for not meeting expectations and a hard look at the facts indicate Broadcom’s shareholders may in time come to rue…

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IPC Releases Revisions for Two Electronic Assembly Standards

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released the G revisions of the two most widely used standards in the electronic industry, IPC-J-STD-001, Requirements of Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. These two documents are on a three-year renewal cycle, keeping pace with the ever changing technology within the electronics industry. The dedicated committee volunteers…

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Osram, Continental Announce JV for Automotive Lighting

Technology companies Osram and Continental today announced their intention to establish a joint venture. The idea is to combine innovative lighting technology with electronics and software to develop, manufacture and market intelligent lighting solutions for the automotive industry. The global joint venture will operate under the name Osram Continental GmbH and have its registered office…

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Mitsubishi Electric to Buy Powerex Power Device Distribution Business

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. announced today it will acquire the power device distribution business of Powerex, Inc., a joint venture of Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and General Electric Company. Powerex, headquartered in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, manufactures and supplies power semiconductor devices. The new business unit will operate as a division of Mitsubishi Electric US to service the North and…

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AR Makes Seasonal Workers Warehouse Smart

It’s the paradox of digital era: logistics industry leaders have invested billions in equipping their warehouses with automation, sensors, robotics, data-driven processes and IoT. Then every holiday season, they bring in hundreds of thousands of temporary workers with uneven skills and experience to handle the year’s most critical workload. Fortunately, there’s a new technology that…

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