What’s the Scoop: More on Tariffs & Trade Wars

Every day, the news about tariffs fills the headlines. India retaliates against the perceived slight. China continues on its way, while American manufacturers beg the powers that be to reconsider tariffs on our North American neighbors in Canada and Mexico. When speaking to investors, Forbes dubbed the recent happenings as “Tariff Mania” and offered a…

Tariffs Continue to Stunt U.S. Manufacturing Growth

U.S. factory activity was softening in May even before the Trump administration floated the idea of tariffs on Mexican goods. Concerns over a trade war with China pushed the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly manufacturing index, the PMI, to 52.1, down 0.7% from 52.8 the prior month. Tariff worries had abated in recent months, according…

Supply Chain Planning Systems Create Total Value

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series examining how a supply chain planning system model can improve customer service and drive total value creation. Supply chain complexity has increased exponentially over the past several decades because of globalization, consumer demand for increased product customization, and the development of multi-functional business processes to…

Component Shortages Continue to Abound

Record breaking component shortages continue on a variety of fronts, which have distributors and OEMs asking if they’ll ever end, according to a recent report from independent distributor Fusion Worldwide. At the same time, there’s some good pricing news for solid state devices (SSD) and DRAM. Connectors and relays continue to be in worsening short…

Cyber Insurance Comes to High-Tech Manufacturing

Coalition, a cyber insurance company for small and midsize businesses, announced a full-spectrum coverage to protect manufacturers from property damage, bodily harm, and pollution caused by security disaster, cyber incident, technology failure, or data breach. “There is currently a significant gap in cyber insurance coverage for manufacturing firms who experience property damage, bodily harm, and…

Getting Smart about Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world in a myriad of ways: from the workplace to the factory to the home.  Especially for electronics OEMs and their supply chains, AI is critical to driving efficiency, accuracy, time to market, and more. The total market size for AI in manufacturing is set to exceed $16 billion…