tech trends

7 Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

Forecasting is still alive and well in spite of the U.S. presidential election’s outcome. Pundits claim the 2016 election was unprecedented. Businesses are hoping the same will be said about 2017’s technology market. Trends don’t necessarily guarantee market success, but as IHS Markit points out, they do impact business and consumer behavior. While 2016 was generally flat for…

Purchasing Survey: SMBs Bullish on 2017

U.S. small-and-midsized manufacturers expect to end 2016 with increased revenue, moderate capex investments and more employees, according to the PrimeAdvantage 2016 annual Purchasing and Manufacturing survey. Overall, data points to strong and sustainable growth for the broader U.S. and North American economies. Strength in mid-market manufacturing is yielding continued R&D investments for the high-tech sector,…

Leveraging Trade For Better Results, Part 1

(This is the first of two articles examining the challenges companies face regarding international trade and the results of the KPMG Thomson Reuters 2016 Global Trade Management survey) Trade has become a hot-button political issue in 2016 thanks to Brexit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Even before these extraordinary developments, international businesses have been struggling to…

IHS: Automotive Tech to Create $350B in Supplier Opportunities

Suppliers that secure a spot in an automotive design can usually look forward to decades of consistent component sales. Even though automakers demand a lot from their suppliers, car designs don’t change as quickly as – for example– consumer electronics specs. However, research firm IHS Markit believes that’s about to change. There are considerable new business…

Surging Technology Adoption Driving Electronics Growth

Rising adoption of electronics across all sections of the global economy is one of the primary drivers of growth in the electronics market and this pace is likely to accelerate in the near future, according to industry executives. This realization is forcing players in the entire supply chain to keep a tab on emerging technologies…

Manufacturers Can Use Data to Increase Efficiency

In spite of all the headway that manufacturers have made regarding efficiency, the industry still has some untapped resources. A majority of manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and machinery industries are aware of the potential technology has in increasing asset efficiency, a global study found, but only 15 percent have implemented dedicated strategies toward that end.…

Mouser Launches Robotics Site

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced their new Robotics Technology site. Mouser’s new technology site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in robotics technologies, and the newest components from Mouser Electronics for building robotics systems. The new Robotics Technology site, available on Mouser.com, contains valuable information for developers interested…

Study: Supply Chain Leaders Invest Heavily in Tech

Effectively reaching rapidly-developing emerging markets is often a challenge for businesses that require bricks as well as clicks. For example, unlike the travel industry – where an inventory of airline seats or hotel rooms is literally virtual – the electronics industry requires its inventory to stored and physically moved around the globe. Technology, of course, has…