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Domino effect on manufacturing

John Denslinger explores a decade of falling dominoes, each impacting the supply chain and driving manufacturers to explore significant changes to their global strategies. A domino effect is produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. This is easily understandable if you visualise a falling row of dominoes. Its clear global manufacturing … Read more

Seeds of change

Made in the USA was once the preferred branding for manufactured products. It signaled high quality, American ingenuity and skilled jobs for citizens. Following the post war re-build of Japanese and German economies, the advent of strategic trading blocs such as NAFTA and EU, and the rapid industrialisation of South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and China, … Read more

Acceleration of digital life

John Denslinger sees Covid-19 as a catalyst for significant and rapid change regarding the digitisation of our lives. For more than a decade we have imagined a digital world where electronics, coupled with communications, offered humanity a less stressful daily life. As desirable as it sounded, the pace of consumer and business adoption was rather … Read more

Everyone is essential to recovery

In this article John Denslinger argues the best solution to a sustained recovery is a marketplace where all economic activity is seen as essential. Essential versus non-essential must be one of the more disparaging labels applied to America’s workforce and commerce in this new era of lockdowns. While I fully understand the good intentions safeguarding … Read more

Everyone is essential to recovery

In this article John Denslinger argues the best solution to a sustained recovery is a marketplace where all economic activity is seen as essential. Essential versus non-essential must be one of the more disparaging labels applied to America’s workforce and commerce in this new era of lockdowns. While I fully understand the good intentions safeguarding … Read more

Post Covid-19: re-imagining life

John Denslinger prepares for more robotics, kiosks, touchless, protection, detection and more re-imagining life as we know it. My editorial last month dealt with the ‘great American reboot 2020’ where I discussed an onslaught of issues confronting procurement as operations restart. Undoubtedly, those challenges will continue until the virus impact becomes a distant image in … Read more

Procurement: 2020 reboot

John Denslinger argues that in the post Covid-19 electronics manufacturing world a heavy burden will fall on procurement to help pick up the pieces and restore order. While medical teams, financial institutions and governments continue working tirelessly on issues, the forecast ahead for procurement is almost as daunting. Faced with the aftermath of shelter-in-place and … Read more

Environmental compliance: being green

In this article, John Denslinger takes a look at the electronics industry’s environmental activities past, present and future I n the memorable words of Kermit the Frog: “it ain’t easy being green”. Forgive me for choosing a light-hearted analogy, but the words ring so true for our industry as well. ‘It ain’t easy’ definitely describes … Read more