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Conflict minerals compliance and reporting for electronics manufacturers

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You (or your electronics manufacturer) are using ‘conflict minerals’. Your SEC report must include a description of the measures taken by your company to exercise due diligence on the source of the conflict materials, including chain of custody.
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Review of SAP, Oracle / JD Edwards, NetSuite ERP for electronics manufacturers

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OEMs and their contract electronics provider partners often get wrapped up in a extra effort by trying to manage a longer term forecast with the same granularity of shorter-term ones. The end or quarter hockey stick shipping charts often found in many contract electronics providers speaks to this challenge.
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Hiring your new CFO: 9 considerations for the OEM, CEO and board members

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You are disenchanted with your current CFO and you decide the time has come to replace him. Yes, he has brought you some terrific new board members, has worked closely with the new controller to completely overall finances and the accounting department and, when you needed a new investment round, he was one of the critical players in getting you what you needed.
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Five tips for negotiating contracts in China

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When outsourcing OEM programs to EMS providers most OEMs know what good contracts need with regards to quality and delivery, inventory… But for contracts with Chinese EMS providers I suggest these important additional considerations.
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ERP system selection and reducing time to ROI

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Master data defines your business model in ERP. If you need a supply chain with short predictable lead-times, but have deep bills of materials, rigid configurations, long component lead-time, combined with detailed costing and production routings, implementing ERP will force your business into a confrontation with your product data structure.
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5 leadership skills for the OEM CFO

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We all know of executives who fail as leaders because their ideas aren’t trusted. Remember the Pepsi executive at Apple? As talented as he was, he wasn’t trusted at Apple and was stereotyped as a misfit.
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The Silicon Valley of Asia

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Hong Kong’s desire is to strengthen its competitiveness as an international hub and become a premier gateway to markets in mainland China and Asia. But becoming a regional gateway or point of FDI and business interests on the world stage, even with a concerted effort backed by government initiatives and funding is not easy for any region, in any sector. India tried years ago to become a global destination for electronics systems design and manufacturing (ESDM) or contract electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and failed.
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Mexico: Could value chain limits impact electronics re-shoring?

Countries cannot be or continue being competitive without efficient links with global markets. Do the relationships Mexico has with various global EMS providers located in the country offer enough of a transfer of capital, know-how, technology, standard and value-added services to represent global value chain contribution from Mexico?
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Keys to cost reductions when outsourcing electronics in China

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Aways push your electronics providers to reduce labor costs as your production learning curve flattens out with time. Real process costs are generally reduced over time, and these reductions should be reflected in their pricing they give you.
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Outsourcing China 101. Is your program doomed?

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Many OEMs have fulfilling partner relationships with EMS facilities in China, but these don’t develop by chance. It takes some due diligence on the front end, and some ongoing work later on. If you’d prefer a successful outsourcing experience to a ‘China war story’, here are some dos and don’ts in choosing an electronics outsourcing manufacturing partner in China.
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