A Look at the Spooktacular Halloween Supply Chain

The holiday consumer buying season is starting earlier every year. Once a Thanksgiving and Black Friday phenomena, now pundits are tracking sales of holiday buying as early Halloween.  And, although not technically a high-tech holiday, more and more Halloween decorations and costumes include electronic content.  “If Halloween sales meet analyst's forecasts, we can expect a great start…

A Guide to 5 Common Malware Monsters

Halloween horror movies are scary, but the world is full of even more frightening threats, especially when it comes to cybersecurity.  Supply chain pros, who handle plenty of sensitive customer data and corporate intellectual property (IP), are a natural target for hackers—so it's important to understand what monsters might be lurking on the Internet, in…

9 Ways to Lower the Heat in an Angry Customer Interaction

Everybody serves various customers. In the supply chain function, for example, procurement pros end up talking to internal customers in various departments, as well as suppliers and potential suppliers across the electronics industry. During these interactions, strong customer service and support are imperative to success.  At times, these interactions can definitely be mentally exhausting, especially…

Top 15 Supply Chain Universities

In the light of a potential shortage of supply chain professionals, many universities are gearing up with new offerings in supply chain management, while many others continue programs that are well-known and have great reputations. “The supply chain industry is undergoing one of the most massive talent shifts we have ever seen,” the Wall Street…

4 Ways to Secure the Internet of Things

As electronics OEMs add an Internet to connection to a variety of products from refrigerators and thermostats to wearable devices, consumers are more connected than ever before…and more at risk for security breaches. Keeping best practices in mind becomes critical.  The potential, as well as the potential problems, will continue to grow. Automobiles, homes, and…

Procurement’s Continued Evolution: Strategic Opportunities for OEMs

Procurement continues to extend in importance and reach across the organization. While procurement's evolution is a shared phenomenon across many industries, the electronics industry stands in a prime position to experience significant supply chain and enterprise changes. Exploring the findings of the recent survey by Oxford Economics, new opportunities for electronics OEMs are uncovered when…