Manufacturing Activity Eases Slightly in July

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth cooled a bit in July as factories continued to struggle with labor and supply constraints. But some pressures appear to be easing: prices paid by manufacturers declined 6.4 percent between June and July, according to the Institute for Supply Management, and factory employment increased. Overall, the nation’s PMI decreased…

How an AI-Applied Supply Chain Enables Efficiency

Today’s supply chains are laden with inefficiencies, as most companies rely on antiquated practices to oversee and manage how goods get from place to place. The supply chain is delicate — even one disruption among suppliers, buyers, and logistics providers can have a trickle-down effect that causes waste, time loss, and increased carbon emissions. With…

Factory Activity Rises Despite Supply & Labor Constraints

The U.S. manufacturing sector continued its expansion in May, but shortages of components, raw materials and labor are constraining factories’ ability to meet skyrocketing demand. “Supplier performance — deliveries, quality, it’s all suffering,” a tech executive told the Institute for Supply Management. “Demand is high, and we are struggling to find employees to help us…

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Covid-19 Gave Procurement a Seat in the Boardroom. Capitalize on it

Business stakeholders often overlook sourcing and procurement departments, viewing them as tactical purchasing and contract administrators or even as barriers to the buying process. The pandemic gave procurement an opportunity to prove its value, as businesses relied on cost savings and critical supplies such as PPE-related goods and services to stay afloat and keep employees…

Manufacturing Optimism Grows for Remainder of 2021

Purchasing and supply executives expect manufacturing growth will continue for the rest of 2021 with several metrics – capacity, capital expenditures and revenue – exceeding forecasts of late 2020. There is hope that the corner has been turned on the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Institute for Supply Management, and both the U.S. manufacturing and…

Supply Chain Visibility is Critical to Post-Pandemic Growth

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it disrupted global supply chains which forced organizations around the world to scramble to react. While there are many lessons learned from the pandemic, especially as we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it was clear early on that some organizations were better equipped…

The Pandemic Playbook: What Covid-19 Taught Us, Part 1

While 2020 is behind us, the continuing global pandemic has taught a host of supply chain lessons, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of electronics suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers. In the turn of a calendar year, this traditional industry has gone from embracing the way it’s always been done to looking at new ways of…

Delivering a B2C Customer Experience in a B2B World

Customer experience matters more than ever because today’s consumers expect greater responsiveness in their daily lives. A much-quoted study by experience management services firm Walker Information predicted that by the end of 2020, customer experience will have overtaken price and product as the key brand differentiator. This reality also is reflected in expectations in the…

Managing the Semiconductor Shortage of 2021, Part 1

The burgeoning semiconductor shortage of 2021 hit chipmakers “like a ton of bricks,” according to one distributor.  Of course, that’s not the phrase semiconductor suppliers would use. But the supply chain is in the midst of a perfect storm. A convergence of events is creating what’s expected to be a shortage of CPUs, MPUs, memory,…