Kevin Summers will become Avnet's chief information officer in January. The company separately appointed Graham McBeth as president of recently acquired Premier Farnell.
HNA Group's acquisition of Ingram Micro is the latest in a wave of industry consolidation, and it reflects the increased speed and agility required of channel distributors, Kris Blackmon writes. Ingram's leadership is due to become more diverse and globalized.
Having the right transportation management solution means you can anticipate and model for scenarios rather than just reacting, Chris Jones writes. However, "[w]ithout solid domain expertise and thorough knowledge of your transportation management solution, the proper level of analysis will not happen and the right scenarios won't be built," he writes.
The Supply Chain Resilience Report 2016 from Business Continuity Institute and Zurich Insurance Group found 2 in 5 companies don't analyze the cause of supply chain disruptions, even though 70% of businesses experience them. Data also show 2 out of every 3 businesses do not have full visibility of their supply chain.
Arrow Electronics Chief Financial Officer Chris Stansbury says his company is the leader in full-service internet-of-things management with Avnet's pending sale of its Technology Solutions business to Tech Data. "It's a lot easier when all the IoT resources you need across that whole spectrum are available all inside the same company," said Sean Kerins of Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions unit.
UPS is testing a bike-delivery service, dubbed "eBike," in Portland, Ore., based on the success of a 2012 pilot program in Hamburg, Germany. The company's couriers are using electric-powered tricycles to deliver in crowded, urban areas.
Google, Apple, Facebook and other Silicon Valley tech giants are racing to source 100% of their total electricity from renewables, according to this piece. Google said that it hopes to achieve its 100% renewables goal sometime next year, while Apple said it hit 93% last year.
The increasing use of automated and robotics systems in warehouses is depressing headcount growth in California, particularly for low-end, manual jobs. At a Sketchers warehouse, fewer people are employed but those who are make more money on average, says David Weinberg, chief financial officer.
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