The Humble Pallet Gets Smart

It is impossible to calculate the number of pallets being used to move and store raw materials and products all over the world. On any given day, it is estimated that in the United States alone 1.8 billion to 1.9 billion pallets are in use, and over 500 million new ones are manufactured there every…

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Make Packaging Pretty & Practical

Packaging is important to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) because it is the first vehicle for communicating something about the brand to the end customer. It’s important to the customer too, since it keeps whatever is inside in good and working condition ready to enjoy.  What the buyer may not understand (but OEMs should) is…

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Top 50 Distributors: Another Year of Stagnant Growth

2016 was another tough year for the franchised electronic components distribution industry in North America. The industry faced several challenges, including shrinking margins, currency fluctuation, and supplier consolidation, which had a significant impact on sales growth. Faced with these challenges, revenues for the top 50 North American franchised distributors fell by three percent, after growing…

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IoT Makes the Supply Chain Responsive

Today’s supply chain needs to be responsive to consumers’ ever-changing needs. This is where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes into play. Today’s consumers are demanding in terms of when, where, and how products and services are made available to them. So, the supply chain needs to be responsive and have the ability to seamlessly…

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