Supply Chain Goals Misaligned with Execution

An optimal supply chain relies on alignment – between supply and demand, or goals and execution – for success. But a recent report has found a significant misalignment between the business objectives of a strategic supply chain and the resources dedicated toward achieving that goal. Of 250 senior manufacturing executives polled by GT Nexus, which…

Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

Manufacturing Contracts 4th Month in a Row

Manufacturing in the U.S. contracted for the fourth consecutive month in January, signaling what’s likely to be a slow climb back to growth for the early part of 2016. The nation’s leading manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 48.2 percent in January, increasing only 0.2 percent from its level of 48.0 in…

Study: Pace of Reshoring Decelerates

The trend known as reshoring remains controversial, depending on how success is measured. Many companies have been persuaded by incentives to not move offshore, and several large electronics manufacturers, including Apple Inc., have opened factories within the U.S. But when compared with the number of companies moving to other regions, reshoring comes up short. In 2015,…

Manufacturing Takes Double Dip in December

Although the overall economy grew for the 79th consecutive month in December, the U.S. manufacturing industry contracted for the second consecutive month. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading manufacturing index, the PMI, declined by 0.4 percent from the November level to 48.2 percent. Any number below 50 indicates the industry is contracting. The data surprised…

Study: Offshore Suppliers Test Reshoring’s Benefits

Although the trend toward offshoring is believed to be driven by one factor—labor costs—there are dozens of other factors that impact the effectiveness of an offshore manufacturing strategy. One, of course, is the location of the end-customer. Another is the location of suppliers. Recent research suggests that efforts toward reshoring – i.e., bringing manufacturing back…

Could IoT Uplift 2016?

The industry’s next white knight has taken many forms, though none has proven as resilient as PC-refresh cycles. Great expectations now rest with the Internet of Things (IoT), which the electronics industry hopes will build into a crescendo of “Things” that will provide demand for components, networking infrastructure, and so forth. This scenario, of course,…