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Supply Chain as a Competitive Advantage

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 ...

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Key Takeaways from CES 2017

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 ...

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Five Key Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017

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.
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Which Supply Chain Suits You?

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 ...
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How to Mitigate Risk in the Supply Chain

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 ...

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You Get What You Measure, Not What You Order

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 ...
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Interview with Peter Li, CEO of Atlas Wearables & Mark Medlen of Riverwood Solutions

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.

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The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 1

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.

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The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 2

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 U.S.Tech, "The State of American High-Tech Manufacturing: Part 1" highlighted a statistical decline in ...

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Reducing Time to Profit — The Most Important Objective For Startups

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 ...

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3D Printing Adds a New Dimension

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 ...

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Riverwood Solutions Survey Exposes the Wearables Technology Supply Chain

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.

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The Art of Vendor Selection

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?

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Can a supply chain be a competitive advantage? An example from the laminate industry.

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.

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IoT and the Supply Chain

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 ...

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Changing the Landscape and Supply Chain in 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 ...
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Eight Ways to Save in the Supply Chain

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.

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Supply Chain: Focus on Vietnam

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.

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Supply Chain Supremacy — The Real Competitive Advantage

Supply chain sexy? Oh yes, but more importantly I think supply chain optimization can provide a real competitive advantage in all parts of the electronics manufacturing industry, from the brands themselves, to the outsourced product fulfillment companies that support them as well as those in component ...

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Strategic Sourcing: When Do You Start?

Most think that strategic sourcing should start when it's time to introduce product into production, making decisions about where to source components and what the assembly strategy should be, right?
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SMTA and CALCE Seeking Abstracts for 3rd Annual LED Assembly, Reliability, and Test Symposium
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - The SMTA and CALCE are pleased to announce the LED Assembly, Reliability, and Test (A.R.T.) Symposium will take place November 28 - November 30, 2017 at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Indium Corporation Expert to Present at China Semiconductor Packaging Test Symposium (CSPT) 2017
CLINTON, NY - Indium Corporation’s Leo Hu, Area Technical Manager, will present at the China Semiconductor Packaging Test Symposium (CSPT) on June 21-23 in Jiangyin, China.

SEMI | FlexTech and CPEIA Announce Partnership at CPES2017
MILPITAS, CA - SEMI | FlexTech (www.semi.org; www.flextech.org) and the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (www.cpeia-acei.ca) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support each other’s programs and drive the continued development and adoption of printable, flexible hybrid, and wearable electronics (PE and FHE).

Ventec: Thomas Michels to Speak at the EIPC Summer Conference
SUZHOU, CHINA - Ventec's European Managing Director Thomas Michels will speak at EIPC Summer Conference on June 1st & 2nd, 2017 to be held at the Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Solihull, UK.


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