Managing the Multitude
of Supply Chain Risks

Connected technologies, from smart labels to wireless sensor networks, are increasingly being used to help speed efficiencies along the supply chain. But as the digitalization of supply chains grows, and more third-party suppliers are granted access to company networks, so too grow the cyber security risks.

Planning a Path
for Future Growth

Digital transformation is invigorating and opens doors for business opportunities and market growth. But it also presents challenges for companies across the electronics value chain. What products and technologies to develop or acquire? What’s the right business model? Who will be the new competitors? When will the market take off? This paper looks at some of the factors that are informing the answers to these and other questions and suggest a few areas to focus. 

Cyber Security Strategies for Today’s
Digital Supply Chains

The pace of technological change is accelerating, globalization is under attack, and the political order is in flux. It’s a potent combination for procurement and supply chain professionals to navigate. This paper brings into focus the key strategic and tactical risks ahead and insight into how to manage them.

Creating a Frictionless Supply Chain

What services and capabilities do procurement professionals need to keep pace with evolving business models and new product offerings? Speed, global reach, market insight, and supplier collaboration—from prototype to volume production—are part of the equation.

White Paper: The Supply Chain Future has Arrived

Technology is rapidly transforming the modern supply chain from managing the flow of things to harnessing the predictive power of massive amounts of structured and unstructured data. The race is on to adopt the tools and business models required to manage a data-centered supply chain. This paper provides insight into the business practices and results digital leaders are achieving that’s setting the bar for other companies to follow.

Managing Supply Chain Security Risks 

Security ranks right behind counterfeits in the risk priorities of procurement managers, according to a recent SourceToday survey of OEM procurement managers. It’s no wonder considering digital security attacks are on the rise and the threats are getting moresophisticated. Following are strategies for protecting systems and minimizing the impact of attacks. 

3D Printing in the Electronics Supply Chain

While 3D printers have been in commercial use for three decades, their high price and slow building speeds to date have restricted their utility in most manufacturing operations. As faster 3D printers are introduced, and new materials developed that expand their usefulness on the factory floor, additive manufacturing is poised to take a more central role in production operations. What advantages does 3D printing hold over reductive manufacturing? How can electronics OEMs assess the potential for using 3D printing to help them streamline their supply chain operations?

The Promise of the Circular Economy

The dominant business model of the day has hardly changed since the dawn on the industrial revolution: extract raw materials, produce, consume, discard. Corporate social responsibility initiatives have made a dent in increasing reuse and recycling efforts but typically are not core to the business. There is rumbling across the electronics sector that this may be changing as the closed-loop circular-economy business model gains momentum among innovative industry leaders such as Apple, Dell, Google and others. Coupled with the disruptive acceleration of technological change, the circular model could replace the linear model faster than you think.

AI and the Future of Procurement


Artificial intelligence and all the technologies it encompasses is starting to make its presence felt within procurement organizations at innovative, digital-savvy companies. While still in the early days, it's clear that the technology is a game-changer, with the potential to dramatically improve forecast accuracy, offload routine supply management tasks, and reduce cost. If you're not investing-or at least investigating-how to apply AI in your organization, it's high time you get on board because the AI train has left the station.

What NAFTA 2.0 Means for Technology Companies

Reforming the North American Free Trade Agreement was a campaign promise of candidate Donald J. Trump. On May 18, 2017, President Trump followed through on his promise by giving Congress notice that his administration would initiate negotiations to modernize NAFTA. So far, there have been four rounds of negotiations between representatives of the three countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Three rounds remain. The stakes for technology companies are high as the 23-year-old agreement did not cover many issues relevant to today's digital economy, such as protecting cross-border data flow. It's time to pay attention as we edge toward NAFTA 2.0.

What's Ahead for 2018

As we approach the close of a tumultuous 2017, sentiment about the outlook for the global economy, the US economy and the electronics industry is high. Growth prospects across the electronics supply chain are positive, at least through the middle of the year. The short-term challenges for business leaders are low margins and supply shortages. And there's a nagging suspicion that sentiment might be out-of-whack with reality. Longer term challenges include the rigorous process of adapting to the rapid pace of new technology: 2018 could be a pivotal year for companies slow to adapt. Then there's the backdrop of possible political shocks. This month's Thought Leadership article looks at it all.

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