The Future of Clean Manufacturing in the US

What does it take for a nation to become the home of supply chain and manufacturing practices that include minimal waste and prevention practices? Improving supply chain and manufacturing methods, and educating consumers to demand greener electronics, and also less packaging is a good start for any supply chain wishing to contribute responsibly to a…

Put the Power in Your Hands

Power is the biggest challenge — and opportunity — in electronics design today. Not only has the proliferation of battery-powered devices altered the landscape, but the increasing end-user emphasis on green technology and sustainable energy practices has infused design teams with new priorities. Avnet Electronics Marketing held its third annual Power Forum on September 19,…

When the Innovation Train Derails

New-product innovation is as relentless and unforgiving as it can be rewarding. Apple's learning that big time these days. That its stock has fallen significantly in recent months isn't the point (unless you've taken a bath on your Apple investment). The point is its innovation train has derailed. Once hip, now uncool? Co-founder Steve Wozniak…

Nokia Forges On With Low-Cost Asha 310

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has recently announced the newest low-end member in the Nokia Asha family: Nokia Asha 310. In yet a new effort from the Finnish manufacturer, the Nokia Asha Touch smartphone will be available to purchase starting in quarter one of 2013 in Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil for $102.…

Motorola Solutions Boosts Supply Chain Efficiency

When a company is confronted with a significant shift in its business, the moment can provide a perfect opportunity to develop a different supply chain strategy that drives greater efficiency, transparency, and collaboration with their partners. Motorola Solutions Inc. is one company that provides such an example, which is outlined in a recently published case…

Apple iPad: iThink iWon’t Upgrade

What do you think of this statement? The need for the next iPhone is diminishing as there is only a marginal benefit in upgrading one's current device. My friend Cliff Frescura, former CEO of PCNAlert, wrote this declarative statement in an email I received this morning. As an Apple everything owner, I began to think…