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37 Supply Chain Statistics, Trends, and Predictions for 2024

The global supply chain has experienced severe disruptions in recent years, due to shutdowns and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, political changes, the wars in Ukraine and Israel, and an evolving business landscape. Slowdowns, rising prices, and logistical challenges have caused everyday supply chain processes and supplier relationships to change. But while leaders talk […]

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10 Trends Shaping the Future of Supply Chain Management

The global supply chain is rapidly evolving, trying to keep up with the dizzying technological advancements of the modern era. Read on to learn about the latest supply chain innovations in 2023 and beyond. 1. Artificial Intelligence and Automation Artificial intelligence (AI) is more popular than ever. Our 2023 State of Manufacturing Report shows that […]

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How Digital Manufacturing Reduces Supply Chain Disruptions

We all know by now that supply chain disruptions are an immutable part of business in 2023 and beyond. Plenty of digital ink has been spilled discussing the various major supply chain disruptions of the past few years, so I won’t bore you by rehashing them here. Suffice it to say, building strong supply chains […]

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Consumer Electronics Certifications: FCC Regulations, EMC Testing, and More

You and your team have a killer consumer electronics product idea and the necessary skill set to bring it to market. But 50% of consumer electronics products fail EMC testing during their first pass. A failure in certification testing can stop your product development process dead in its tracks, resulting in large costs and significant […]

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Predictable Quality in an Unpredictable World

Throughout my career in supply chain operations, I’ve staked my reputation on quality. From building iPods at Apple, where design precision was essential, to rockets at SpaceX, where functional reliability was absolutely critical, I’ve understood the importance of robust quality management systems when it comes to delivering world-class products. Having spent 27 years in the […]

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The Advantages of Distributed Manufacturing

In recent years, global economic disruptions have both revealed new weaknesses and amplified existing issues in the global supply chain — causing companies around the world to rethink their approach to manufacturing. Because these supply chain issues will likely continue for the foreseeable future, it’s time to re-examine the existing manufacturing model.  Distributed manufacturing addresses […]

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How Manufacturing Companies Can Prepare for Chinese New Year 2023

In 2023 Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, comes early—starting January 21st. Here’s what you need to know. Key Takeaways Why Chinese New Year Disrupts Manufacturing Production The official Chinese holiday runs this year from January 21st – January 27th. During this time, people leave the industrial cities of coastal China […]

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Autumn Holidays Overseas: How to Mitigate Manufacturing Delays

The Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated throughout Asia and is fast approaching. The festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar when the moon is full and celebrates the end of the autumn harvest — it’s similar to Thanksgiving in the US. In 2022, the festival falls on […]

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How MRO Fits Into Your Supply Chain And Procurement Strategy

MRO, or ‘Maintenance, Repair and Operations’ is used to refer to more or less all maintenance parts used for repair and/or to assist production operations. Essentially, MRO covers all the products and tools purchased that keep an organization running. Supply chains utilize and rely handsomely on MRO to carry out their operations every day.  Interestingly, […]

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Monthly Supply Chain Update: November 2021

Fictiv’s Monthly Supply Chain Update series gives you insight into the logistics challenges, transit times, and related manufacturing issues we’re currently facing. Happy holidays everyone! Christmas is right around the corner, and we want to update everyone on how we’re managing our supply chain to keep production moving and fulfilling orders as quickly as possible. […]