Survey: Execs Not Happy With Digital Supply Chains

The interdependency of the electronics supply chain may be hampering companies’ efforts toward digital transformation, research finds. While 75 percent of executives in the manufacturing and retail supply chains say a digital strategy is very important for their business, only five percent are satisfied with progress so far. There are two levels of digital transformation occurring among…

Freight Companies Join the Digital Revolution

“Artificial intelligence” usually conjures up images of humanoid robots, but AI is one of several digital technologies that are being applied to the supply chain. With the digital revolution in full swing, companies across the electronics supply chain are harnessing data to improve efficiencies and cut costs. In the logistics segment, for example, freight companies…

Why Barcode Labeling Matters in Electronics, Part 2

The ubiquitous labels that accompany electronics shipments are more complicated than most people imagine. Barcodes on these labels are packed with standard information such as the manufacturer of the product and part number. However, many parties along the supply chain – raw materials suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, sub assemblers and end-customers—want unique information in barcodes…

Why Barcode Labeling Matters in Electronics, Part 1

The ubiquitous labels that accompany electronics shipments are more complicated than most people imagine. Barcodes on these labels are packed with standard information such as the manufacturer of the product and part number. However, many parties along the supply chain – raw materials suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, sub assemblers and end-customers—want unique information in barcodes…

Electronics Distributors Central to Innovation Ecosystem

The ever-changing dynamics within the electronics supply chain has companies reassessing their role in what has become an expanding ecosystem of product and service providers. Research firm Gartner has been analyzing the shifts within supply chain departments and along the global electronics supply chain itself to understand the dynamics of growth, the emergence of new opportunities…

What Distributors Really Think about Amazon Business

Amazon Business, the B2B unit of Amazon.com, attended this year’s EDS conference for component manufacturers, distributors, and manufacturers’ representatives for the first time, driving a few distributors to tackle the issue of channel disruptors. Clearly, e-tailers like Amazon Business and Alibaba are a concern to the distribution channel as they directly compete with them. Authorized…