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Honeywell’s GoDirect™ Trade Leverages Blockchain to Overhaul Aircraft Parts Aftermarket

Lisa Butters’ kids that two years ago she could barely spell blockchain; today she is general manager of the aerospace sector’s first blockchain-based e-commerce marketplace for used serviceable and new surplus parts inventory – GoDirect™ Trade. Butters’ journey from blockchain novice to resident expert began when she was tapped by Honeywell Aerospace leadership to “crack…

Q&A with ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford

SCN: Can you give us an update on what ECIA is seeing in terms of the impacts of the global pandemic on the electronic components sector. DF: Of course. As it became clear in January that the Covid-19 virus was not merely a local outbreak in the Wuhan province, ECIA began conducting bi-weekly surveys of…

From the Desk of David Paulson

Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of Supply Chain Navigator. The economic impacts of this near-global shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic has thrust supply chain into the realm of public discourse in a way we have never seen before. Suddenly average citizens, who never once considered what it took to keep the grocery store…

Tom Linton, Author, Executive Advisor & Digital Supply Chain Innovator

One-on-One Profile Background: Retired as Chief Procurement and SCO at Flex in 2019. Held executive procurement positions with IBM, Agere Systems, Freescale and LG Electronics, and helped found software firm E2Open. Books Authored: “The Living Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time” Honors/Recognitions: Institute of Supply Management’s J. Shipman Gold Medal, 2019;…

New Perspectives for Driving Value in Smart Factory Implementation

Editor’s Note: In a recently published report, “Implementing the Smart Factory,” Deloitte thought leaders Stephen Laaper, Ben Dollar, Mark Cotteleer and Brenna Sniderman offer insights on how manufacturing leaders with hands-on experience are implementing and realizing value (cost, throughput, quality, safety and revenue growth) from smart factory transformations. The following is a summary of the…

Want to Avoid a Trade War? Let Firms Do What Comes Naturally

By Morris A. Cohen We are in a period of intense global economic warfare. The U.S. is engaged in trade disputes with China, the European Union, Mexico, and Canada. We have been told that trade is a zero-sum game with one country’s gain coming at the expense of another country’s loss, and that a trade…

Understanding Raw Materials Risks in Automotive and Electronics Supply Chains

By Michèle Brülhart, Director of Innovations, Responsible Business Alliance Worldwide, businesses increasingly seek solutions to shared development problems and are responding to calls from regulatory bodies, investors, consumers and civil society stakeholders to transparently address adverse impacts associated with their supply chains. However, assessing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in raw material extraction and…

2019 Supply Chain Resolutions

Joe DiIorio Director, Supply Chain, Global Workforce Development, Seagate Technology “Slow down to speed up. In 2019, I am going to make a more concerted effort to take time to dispense with certain tactical, non-value-add type chores that will free up time to focus on more strategic opportunities. For example, when I get solicitor emails that…

Follow the Money

Aligning financial and physical flows key to true supply chain optimization There are three basic elements that define the core strength of every supply chain – big or small, local or global – the product or service being bought/sold; the insights from information that is generated and shared through the source-make-deliver lifecycle; and the actual…