More Connected Means More Vulnerable

The Internet of Things (IoT) has gone from aspirational to actual in many ways, with 2017 promising solid growth in both chip sales and platform development. It promises always evolving applications in both consumer and business applications, from smart homes and smart cities to smart factories and smart transportation. However, the reality of IoT brings…

Make Packaging Pretty & Practical

Packaging is important to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) because it is the first vehicle for communicating something about the brand to the end customer. It’s important to the customer too, since it keeps whatever is inside in good and working condition ready to enjoy.  What the buyer may not understand (but OEMs should) is…

Blockchain & Supply Chain: Early But Promising

Supply chain professionals are talking a lot about blockchain, and how it can be applied to address the increasingly global and complex nature of the supply chain. However, we are still in early days, with only about three in ten companies actively implementing the technology, recent research suggests. “Blockchain in supply chain and trade finance…

E-Commerce Gets Beyond Brown Boxes

Traditional retailers have long known that as important as a product is, how it’s packaged is equally important, at least when a product is sitting on the shelf. Now, however, with e-commerce becoming a regular part of the retail landscape, e-tailers are starting to ask themselves about the role of packaging in on-line sales. What’s…

Omnichannel Puts Retailers on a New Path

Today’s retail customers know what they want—and they aren’t willing to compromise. Increasingly, electronics retailers and the OEMs that supply them, are needing to rethink their supply chains to deliver on these customer demands and meet or exceed their rising expectations. Omnichannel allows retailers to have a single customer view over all channels, both brick…

Analyzing Consumer Preferences & Buying Behaviors

Every link in the supply chain can benefit from understanding what consumers expect when buying electronics and how behaviors have changed over time. Understanding the Customer Journey Consumer engagement varies by industry. The trends, preferences, and expectations differ based on what is being purchased. Analyzing industry-specific shopping behaviors reveals valuable insight that benefits suppliers, manufacturers,…

Pressure & Expectations Rise at Work

Work is called work for a reason. However, the fast-paced and demanding world of work today is taking its toll on employees, new research has found. For supply chain workers, tasked with critical and strategic tasks of the organization, avoiding burnout is critical. Today’s workers are more at risk than ever before, with pressure and…