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12/9/2016

Kevin Summers will become Avnet's chief information officer in January. The company separately appointed Graham McBeth as president of recently acquired Premier Farnell.

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Premier Farnell, Avnet
12/9/2016

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.

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The VAR Guy
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Ingram Micro, Ingram, HNA Group
12/9/2016

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.

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Chris Jones
12/9/2016

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.

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Supply Chain Dive
12/8/2016

Ingram Micro has become part of China-based HNA Group, with Ingram's chief financial officer and general counsel set to depart. They will be replaced through internal promotions.

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CRN.com (U.S.)
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Ingram Micro, HNA Group
12/8/2016

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.

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CRN.com (U.S.)
12/8/2016

Companies that do not capitalize on after-sales services are missing out on revenue-growth and cost-reduction opportunities, Gary Brooks writes.

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Gary Brooks
12/8/2016

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.

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DC Velocity online
12/7/2016

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.

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The Guardian (London)
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Google, Apple, Facebook
12/7/2016

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.