Will Supply Chains Ever Go Autonomous?

Some of 2020’s challenges were keenly felt throughout supply chains, and many could result in lasting changes to workflows and processes. Reducing uncertainties while boosting efficiency and shrinking turnaround times requires a set of modern supply chain and logistics tools. That means leveraging automation. Recent events helped drive home the need for a more resilient…

Preparing the Supply Chain for Severe Weather Events

Supply chain and logistics professionals must increasingly prepare for the impact of severe weather events on operations as many scientists agree that climate change will only worsen dangerous weather. Semiconductor companies are still recovering from snowstorms in Texas, and Germany is reeling from devastating floods. Here are five practical ways to minimize the impact of…

Speedbumps Abound on the Road to Digitization

“Digitization” is, like “resilience,” the new mantra for the supply chain. Digital applications range from automated paperwork to complex networks that provide end-to-end visibility of global supply and manufacturing operations. Digitized systems work across geographies and products to provide real-time data on inventory, delays, disruptions and resolutions to manufacturing sites and supply-chain partners. Interconnected supply…

April PMI: Demand Bumps Up Against Supply

Labor and supply constraints continue to limit U.S. manufacturing momentum even as demand remains robust. The nation’s leading factory index, the PMI, declined 4 percent in April, but depleted customer inventories and increasing factory backlogs bode well for the long-term health of the industry. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising…

Analog Devices, Maxim, distribution

Analog Devices-Maxim Deal Portends Distribution Shakeup

If past is prologue, Analog Devices Inc.’s $20 billion acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products Inc. will prompt a major shake-up in its electronics distribution channel. When ADI acquired Linear Technology in 2017, it consolidated its global volume distribution network under one distributor – Arrow Electronics Inc. – and discontinued with the industry’s second-largest player, Avnet…