Optimized for Growth: High-Tech Execs Adapt to Meet Global Supply Demands

The high-tech industry is poised for global growth. The middle class is expanding, bringing with it an increasing appetite for high-tech products. Demands are coming from new markets across the globe. Product lifecycles are shorter than ever before. There are new pressures and challenges – and new opportunities. There is growing recognition that “business-as-usual” supply…

Capturing Sweet Success in S&OP

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is not a new idea, but many organizations report that their efforts have been less than effective. As the saying goes, though, when you get lemons, it's a good time to make lemonade. That is, rather than a point of failure, S&OP improvement offers an opportunity for great improvement. In…

Smart Trailers Monitor Themselves & More

We're hearing a lot today about the “smart home.” As part of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, smart homes let you monitor temperatures, door locks, lighting, and a lot more. Like a number of my customers, you might be wondering if the smart home idea could practically transfer to a…

Supply Chains: The Bedrock of U.S. Manufacturing

When it performs excellently, a supply chain can allow one electronics manufacturer to pull ahead of the pack in terms of responsiveness, flexibility, and capabilities. It can make the difference between end products getting into customers hands first or behind the competition. Going forward, supply chain strategies will become more important than ever before for…

The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing

Technology and other factors have transformed the underlying dynamics of procurement to the extent that distributor relationships are changing radically. According to a UPS and analyst firm TNS survey of over 1,500 procurement professionals, changing customer expectations, direct-from-manufacturer selling, e-commerce, and the emergence of millennials among buyers are having profound effects on the distribution model. “It…

4 Ways to Secure the Internet of Things

As OEMs crank out new products that connect to the Internet, consumers and businesses are jumping on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon in droves. Along with fun and convenient capabilities, these new offerings are creating a higher level of concern about security than ever before. “As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain…