Covid-19, components, shipments

Component Makers Don’t Expect a Q2 Recovery From Covid-19

Electronic component manufacturers (OCMs) and their OEM/EMS customers say they don’t have much visibility into their partners’ supply chains. During the coronavirus outbreak, that visibility may determine how quickly the electronics industry bounces back from a prolonged China shutdown. A survey the ECIA conducted on Feb. 7 found a majority of OCMs didn’t know how…

Outsourcing Semiconductor Operations? 4 Questions to Ask Your 3PL

The semiconductor is a vital component of our technology-driven world. It is used in a multitude of products throughout industries, from advanced electronics and communication devices such as smart phones and computers to increasing complex wearables, automobiles and throughout the home. The success and profitability of this multi-billion-dollar industry is heavily dependent upon a dynamic,…

Gartner: 85% of Logistics Leaders to Boost Outsourcing Budget

Eighty-five percent of logistics leaders expect that their outsourcing budget will increase by more than 5 percent in 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. Already for 2019, 85 percent reported a similar budget increase. “Outsourcing one or more logistics service types has become largely mainstream,” said Courtney Rogerson, senior principal analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain…

How Sensors Are Moving Materials Handling Toward Safe Automation

This is the first article in a two-part series The Industry 4.0 revolution is enabling new levels of automation, including a new generation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for use in the first wave of smart manufacturing and distribution facilities. This revolution also requires new ways of thinking across all aspects of materials handling, especially when…

How Intel’s Using the Smart Factory to Improve the Supply Chain

Significant change is coming to the manufacturing arena. As artificial intelligence, the industrial IoT and the smart factory begin to transform production, Intel Corp. is gauging the impact such technologies will have on manufacturing and the supply chain — and the humans that oversee these complex operations. The benefits of smart factories are many: autonomous…