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How to get the most accurate quotes from electronics services providers

When sourcing electronics services design or manufacture for your OEM product program (electrical, PCB design / layout, SMT and PCBA, electro-mechanical assembly, final systems test…) there are a few tips OEMs can keep in mind for a win-win.
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2013 Top 10 EMS providers and ODM rankings, reviews, ratings

Below are 2013 rankings for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers and original design manufacturing (ODM) companies arranged in decreasing order based on each company’s own outsourced manufacturing revenues (EMS or ODM) rather than the value of end-products. Click each link …
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Establishing conflict minerals compliance 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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Electronics ERP systems can reduce time to ROI

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How to manage product data structure for electronics ERP systems deep bills of materials, rigid configurations, long component lead-time, detailed costing and production routings.
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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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