Program, Project Management

Electronics distribution: Choosing a global or regional distributor in a flat world

Your corporate procurement team manages your global distributor strategy while also observing situations in each country. In doing so, the team can better identify competitive distributors performing well. Two strategy methodologies the author suggests are bottom-up distributor selection and top-down distributor selection.
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How to OEM RFQs to manage EMS providers and material costs


Effective RFQ tips for EMS manufacturing services from an electronics OEM perspective while establishing the OEM-EMS contract agreement.
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How I overcame product design engineering challenges


The problem with some product program plans is they can be risky because project requirements are rarely properly designed, plus there are often accountability issues that can easily surface, and team synergy is either not present or it is very low.
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Top five mistakes OEMs make with EMS providers

Economic uncertainty in the current global environment is forcing OEMs to turn their current business models upside down just to survive. Learn from these 5 common OEM mistakes and avoid ruining your OEM-EMS relationship.
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6 PCB Design mistakes to avoid designing printed circuit boards

Segments included in this process for critical design reviews, following completion of the schematic, can include review of initial components placement on the correct PCB form-factor board envelope. Then, after the routing is complete…
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Full report: EMS / ODM worry about profitability as fall 2011 survey reveals pessimism in electronics supply chain

471 survey respondents from EMS/ODM, Component Manufacturers, Distributors, Electronic Equipment Manufacturers, OEMs and Semiconductor Manufacturers answer questions on the economic situation; employment, inventory levels, business volume, and prices providing insight into the levels of …
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CPO strategy with AVL segmentation for better supply chain management

Chief procurement officers (CPO) learn to segment company AVLs to better manage global, regional and local vendors in core, emerging and niche markets.
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How OEMs can build better EMS provider relationships

Asking questions about cost, quality, strategic fit and risk is only part of OEM best practices for EMS provider due diligence. Reliance on a single point of contact can be a sign of lack of depth, or simply due to …
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VIDEO – Defining disaster in Japan: Impact on Japanese and global electronics industry supply chains

Japan represents 10% to 15% of global electronics demand but 16% to 30% of electronics component supply. OEMs with meaningful cash positions are trying to pull in orders, buying up available component supplies. Taiwan printed circuit board companies like Kinsus and Unimicron could see bigger negative impacts.
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