Supply Chain Risk Management Step by Step

Managing risk in the supply chain can be a daunting task. Supply chain managers increasingly realize that protecting their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions. But often they don't take action, because they are paralyzed by not really knowing how to start. Zurich's 2014 Supply Chain Resilience Survey puts some figures on the problem:…

Know What High-Tech Online Shoppers Want

Accelerating growth in demand for high-tech products these days puts unprecedented pressure on manufacturers to understand their online consumers' preferences and purchasing behaviors. We now know that customers demand greater flexibility and convenience from pre-purchase to delivery and post-purchase, and they want a better mobile experience. These are a few of the findings of the…

China Presents Opportunities & Challenges

There's no denying it: China is important in the electronics industry. At a global level, it exports more products than any other country and is second largest when measured by imports. A variety of challenges, including cross-boarder documentation, licensing requirements, and regulatory compliance, makes doing business in China challenging at best. At the same time,…

American Manufacturing: An Expanding Frontier

In the electronics industry, a “Made in America” label is something that is much talked about — and sporadically achieved. That trend may be shifting. Making products close to the customer has plenty of benefit, and support for domestic manufacturing — especially for small and midsized manufacturers — is increasingly available. This topic was central…

Ready the Supply Chain for the IoT Storm

When we talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), most people think about the flood or wearables and connected devices that will be put into the hands of the consumers. This same trend, though, has the potential to transform, in good ways, supply chain management. Research firm Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will be…