Infographic: Managing a Global Workforce

An effective supply chain is as much about people as it is about technology. How smoothly your operations run depend on how deeply engaged your workforce is (and that of your partners' and suppliers'). A Towers Perrin workforce study found that employees who feel highly engaged positively impact product quality, but not many employees feel…

Infographic: How to Improve Supply Chain Management

The relentless push to grease the wheels of the supply has seized on wireless networking. Savvy supply chain companies are leveraging wireless technologies to track goods both inside and outside their facilities. This infographic, a bit focused on this particular solution, nevertheless gives you a sense for how this evolution can impact your business. (Source:…

Infographic: Skills Gap Felt Globally

If you're in electronics, you're in luck. A global skills gap is driving demand for your expertise. The demand is not as great in developed regions such as North America, Japan, and Europe, but if you're willing to export your skills to a BRIC country (Brazil, Russian, India, China), you could find yourself very well…

Infographic: Japan Earthquake, 2 Years On

This week marks the second anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake, which caused considerable damage even before it triggered a tsunami that wreaked even more havoc in eastern Japan. It was the most powerful quake to rock Japan and killed roughly 16,000 people. Its impact on the electronics supply chain, from materials used for high-speed printed…

Infographic: Conflict Minerals Trail

Fourteen months from now, the first conflict minerals reports are due to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC, in August 2012, ruled that US manufacturers and contract manufacturers must disclose any use of conflict minerals that originated in the Congo, where human rights abuses are linked to battles over those minerals. Here's a…