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Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage
By Jacob Fattal
During a roundtable event at this year's APEX Expo, executives from Kimball, Ventec and Omnics joined Scoop Communications’ Philip Stoten to discuss supply chain requirements and how good supply chain strategy can be a distinct differentiator and competitive advantage. Traceability data is also becoming ...
Planning Beyond the Spreadsheet
By Akhil Oltikar, CEO, Omnics
Numerous companies with a broad range of supply chain issues have been stuck in a rut for nearly two decades. Their common theme: most of them have spent a significant amount of money implementing ERP and best-of-breed software solutions, but when it comes to tactical and operational ...
Sending Supply Chain to the Cloud
By Ross Valentine, Senior Director of Product Line Management, Jabil
Spreadsheets have their place; they are great for expenses or budgets, but supply chain complexity has moved far beyond the capability they offer, such as VLOOKUPs and pivot tables. They are useful for sorting data, and occasionally for utilizing that data for simple and structured calculations. But ...
Key Takeaways from CES 2017
By Joanne Moretti, SVP and CMO, Jabil; GM, Radius Innovation & Development
Consumer electronics trade show CES 2017, held in January, displayed an incredible array of new technology, along with healthy doses of innovation, inspiration and education. Among the variety of products and trends, several key things stood out. Advances in the collection and use of ...
Five Key Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017
By Akhil Oltikar, CEO, Omnics, Inc.
If adjectives like "smarter," "connected," "visible," and "automated" aren't terms you would use to describe your supply chain, perhaps they should be. These are key trends we expect to impact the industry in 2017.
Which Supply Chain Suits You?
By John Daker, VP of Business Development, Riverwood Solutions
In the supply chain world there is no silver bullet — no one-size-fits-all solution. The challenge is to select the supply chain that you need, rather than following a trend or using the supply chain that suits your vendor. Your vendors may have mixed priorities, and while they probably ...
How to Mitigate Risk in the Supply Chain
By John Daker, Vice President of Business Development, Riverwood Solutions
Shipping giant Hanjin Shipping's recent filling for bankruptcy protection, and the subsequent stranded vessels, is yet another example of the risk inherent in any supply chain. As ships remain unable to offload containers, many supply chain managers will be searching for solutions to ...
You Get What You Measure, Not What You Order
By John Daker, Vice President, Riverwood Solutions
I have said a lot in the past about the importance of vendor selection, contract negotiation and providing your outsourced manufacturing partner with a detailed specification of your requirements, but even that is not where it ends. Time and time again we have seen projects go awry ...
Interview with Peter Li, CEO of Atlas Wearables & Mark Medlen of Riverwood Solutions
By Philip Stoten (
At IDTechEx in Santa Clara, Atlas Wearables Founder & CEO Peter Li shared the stage with Riverwood Solutions' COO Mark Medlen to present his journey from maker to manufacturer and how the resources provided by Riverwood Solutions had assisted in that journey.
The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 1
By Phil Stoten (
The U.S. presidential election season has long been a stage for the discussion of jobs. And no discussion of U.S. jobs is complete without serious conversation about the nature of various jobs, and the desire to create more of them in the manufacturing sector.
The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 2
By Ron Keith and Cheryl Krouskos
As the U.S. presidential race intensifies and the field of candidates narrows, one topic of discussion is heard consistently above the racket: U.S. jobs. Last month, in the May issue of
, "The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 1" highlighted a statistical decline in ...
Reducing Time to Profit — The Most Important Objective For Startups
By John Daker, Vice President, Riverwood Solutions
At Riverwood Solutions, we are often hired by startups. Our approach, which drives toward "better decisions, better products and better profits" seems to resonate with them. Just as often, we are put into startups by venture capitalists (VCs) or private equity firms looking to ensure that their cash ...
3D Printing Adds a New Dimension
By Akhil Oltikar, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Technology Solutions, Riverwood Solutions
In the last year or so, 3D printing seems to have found its feet in terms of technology and applications, confirming its place in our future. It is now impacting the electronics supply chain from innovation to fulfillment; this is in part due to price. We are currently seeing 3D printers priced below ...
Riverwood Solutions Survey Exposes the Wearables Technology Supply Chain
By John Daker, Vice President, Business Development, Riverwood Solutions
As part of the buildup to our presence at IDTechEx in Santa Clara, California, we asked more than 600 supply chain experts what was keeping them awake at night in the wearables technology supply chain arena.
The Art of Vendor Selection
By Mark Medlen, Chief Operating Officer, Riverwood Solutions
Neither Alibaba nor DigiKey provide a supply chain strategy. So what are the 10 most important things to consider when developing an outsourced manufacturing solution and the supply chain that surrounds it?
Can a supply chain be a competitive advantage? An example from the laminate industry.
Jack Pattie, Ventec USA.
By Jack Pattie, Ventec USA
Designing a supply chain for the supply of laminates and pre-pregs to the printed circuit board (PCB) fabricator shouldn't be that complicated, but there's often more to it than meets the eye.
It is made more complicated because the supply chain is rarely fully owned by one supplier, and hence cannot be customized to the needs of each customer. A number of other factors also complicate the supply chain as it moves from laminator to distributor and sales agent and eventually through logistics provider to the final destination, the customer.
IoT and the Supply Chain
By Akhil Oltikar, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy and Technology Solutions, Riverwood Solutions
We've seen so very much in the media recently about IoT and its potential to benefit consumer and manufacturer alike. Trends around IoM (Internet of Manufacturing) and Industry 4.0 are all largely focused on operations, but where does the potential lie for big data within the supply ...
Changing the Landscape and Supply Chain in Mexico
By Juan Francisco Fregoso, Managing Director, Riverwood Solutions Mexico
Derrama economica — the indirect economic benefit to the community — benefits consumption, benefits the initial investment and there is the benefit of indirect jobs created while the companies start building their facilities. There is also the benefit derived when the direct and ...
Eight Ways to Save in the Supply Chain
By John Daker, Director, Business Development, Riverwood Solutions
Reducing the price of manufacturing has driven much of the development of the supply chain, but it has also encouraged an adversarial relationship between vendor and customer. Here are some ways to get the cost down without focussing on price alone.
Supply Chain: Focus on Vietnam
By Gayle Paterson and Ron Keith
There has been a lot of talk about Vietnam as a manufacturing destination recently. Gayle Paterson, the latest high profile recruit to Scoop Communications, talks to Riverwood Solutions' Founder and Chairman Ron Keith about manufacturing and the supply chain in Vietnam.
LUTZE Introduces Teal Ethernet Cat5e Cable
CHARLOTTE, NC - Data transmission is critical for success in today’s manufacturing environment. LUTZE’s new flexible Cat5e AWM 600V Ethernet cable (part#104349) is engineered to protect your data from harmful interference ensuring uninterrupted data transmission and long term network reliability.
NXP Announces Production of Security Chips in its US Manufacturing Facilities
AUSTIN, TX; CHANDLER, AZ - NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced a $22 million dollar program that expands its operations in the United States, enabling the Company’s US facilities to manufacture security chips for government applications that can support critical US national and homeland security programs.
SMTA International Technical Program Expands, Includes Research from HDPUG and AREA Consortium
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SMTA announces an expanded program for the final day of the SMTA International Conference, September 17 - 21, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois. In addition to the Lead-Free Symposium, the technical committee expanded the Thursday program to four concurrent tracks.
FOBA showcasing at the Fakuma – Laser marking on plastics
SELMSDORF - At the Fakuma, the international exhibition for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen/Germany (October 17-21, 2017), FOBA will be showcasing special marking solutions for different plastics. As an internationally leading manufacturer of laser marking systems, FOBA will be presenting product news about the M3000-UV for sensitive plastics and new marking solutions especially made for day-night-design.
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