How AR & AI Can Transform Logistics

Industry 4.0 technology and its rapid adoption during the pandemic has assisted many businesses in navigating labor and productivity challenges by streamlining factory and process workflows. Augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and IoT continue to make their way into supply chain operations and logistics, driving new levels of efficiencies with increased cost avoidance.…

Will Supply Chains Ever Go Autonomous?

Some of 2020’s challenges were keenly felt throughout supply chains, and many could result in lasting changes to workflows and processes. Reducing uncertainties while boosting efficiency and shrinking turnaround times requires a set of modern supply chain and logistics tools. That means leveraging automation. Recent events helped drive home the need for a more resilient…

ECIA, Industry, Reopening

ECIA Survey Identifies Best Reopening Practices

As pandemic restrictions begin to transition toward a less restrictive environment, business managers across the country are planning and implementing their reopening strategies. Lessons have been learned through this crisis that will influence both near- and long-term plans and operating procedures. Looking at the state of the electronics components supply chain and the need to…

Rutronik

Germany’s Rutronik Expands its Presence in the Americas

For decades, U.S.-based electronic component distributors’ global growth strategy was acquisition. Beginning with the EU, American distributors acquired foreign competitors to establish themselves in a geographic market. The same is true for Asia-Pacific, and acquisitions there will likely continue. For foreign distributors entering the Americas the trend has been different. While there have been acquisitions—by…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…

Smith Opens New Houston Hub

 Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the opening of its newest hub housing warehouse and operational facilities and a state-of-the-art quality testing laboratory. The new, 57,199-square-foot hub extends the capabilities and services that Smith offers global clients and allows room for growth. The facility is ISO 17025-accredited and incorporates…

What Can Go Wrong with Poor Labeling Strategies?

The following should be cut and pasted, or cut and posted, at the end of every electronics manufacturing line, every warehouse, every distribution center, and even every executive suite. It is a list of the eight most common bad outcomes that can occur from labeling errors, and is derived from more than two decades of…