Global Uncertainty Puts Resiliency in Focus

Especially in the global electronics industry, supply chain disruptors, including economic, political, geographic and more, abound.  Perhaps more than in other sectors, electronics OEMs and their suppliers find themselves dealing with a variety of countries, each with its own risk profile.   FM Global recently released its 2019 FM Global Resilience Index, which for the…

Machine Learning’s Time has Come

The use of machine learning in supply chain management has been the subject of much hype. Has its time finally arrived? A recent Wall Street Journal article profiled The Absolut Company, makers of Absolut Vodka, the world’s largest locally produced vodka, manufactured in the small town of Åhus, Sweden. The operation produces 11.5 million nine-liter…

Component Shortages Improving, But Not Over

The fortunes of the electronics supply chain can change on a dime. Following two years of severe component shortages, demand is weakening, and inventories are too high, a March study found. One global distributor describes the environment as “normalizing” but cautions there’s still a lot of instability in the 2019 forecast. Tobey Gonnerman, Fusion Worldwide…

“Earth Day” Mentality Here to Stay

As we celebrate the 49th Earth Day in history, it is exciting to see how global this day has become. Over one billion people across 192 countries participate, making it the largest world-wide day of civic action. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay As sustainability increasingly becomes a globally recognized issues, we’re now seeing consumers…

Put Quality in the Supply Chain

I would think that electronics OEMs or distributors would be leading the charge toward quality, and I’m sure many of them are. However, the first time I encountered a quality department that did extensive quality control it was in a New Hampshire distribution center (DC) that served the apparel industry. For this manufacturer, the goal…