Supply Chain
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5/27/2016

India's finance ministry decided not to exempt Apple from the country's local-sourcing rules, a move that could cause the tech company to back out of opening retail stores there. "You can't have a situation where people view India only as a market. Let them start doing some manufacturing here," said a government official. The government can choose to waive the requirement for retailers with "cutting-edge" technologies that aren't available in India.

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5/27/2016

Supply chain operating networks are about to become a central part of network synchronization and management, especially with companies like Oracle and JDA working on such solutions, Steve Banker writes.

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5/27/2016

Today's sales process is rarely a one-on-one interaction, so the selling mentality must evolve to be more collaborative, Paul Reilly writes.

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Paul Reilly
5/27/2016

Electrical distributors and suppliers agree that their relationship needs a recalibration, according to research conducted by Dirk Beveridge, author of "Innovate! How Successful Distributors Lead Change in Disruptive Times," as well as the National Association of Electrical Distributors. Trust has eroded, he notes, possibly because of changes to the business model that are affecting manufacturers and distributors alike.

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TED Magazine
5/27/2016

Arrow Electronics has announced a partnership with crowdfunding website Indiegogo that promises information technology and Internet of Things solutions for entrepreneurs. "Crowdfunding has never before been integrated into a fully scaled innovation platform like this that spans collaborative online design, prototype support, production and supply chain management," said Arrow executive Matt Anderson.

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The VAR Guy
5/27/2016

US Foods has raised $1.02 billion from its initial public offering. The company's owners, two private equity companies, announced the IPO after a merger with Sysco failed.

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Reuters
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5/27/2016

Nike is expanding its European distribution center, allowing it to serve 38 countries. The location gets all of its energy from renewable sources, including geothermal, solar and wind.

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5/26/2016

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is taking a closer look at Alibaba's reporting of operating data from its $14 billion Singles Day to determine if any violations of federal securities law took place. The SEC also is investigating the e-commerce giant's accounting for its investment in Cainiao Network, a logistics company.

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USA Today, CNNMoney
5/26/2016

Over the last 18 months, industrial distributors have faced a particularly difficult climate amid falling oil prices and a drop in industrial product demand, according to Industrial Distribution's 69th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations. Distributors also cited e-commerce as major concern, while 31.8% said they would consider consolidation to offset tough economic conditions, a 9.3% increase from last year.

5/26/2016

Network virtualization tools are essential to filling visibility gaps and have helped companies like HP Inc. cut supply chain risk and disruption response time, Chris Cunnane writes. HP uses its virtualization platform to assess threats as reported by third-party data subscription sources. "The biggest challenge for HP is the data -- they have a pretty complete set of data of manufacturers and suppliers, but it's not perfect," Cunnane writes.