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3 Ways to Dominate Data Protection in 2016

It’s no secret that one of the greatest challenges facing buyers and suppliers of custom manufactured parts today is data protection.

Whether it's intellectual property in the form of CAD/CAM files, sensitive company information communicated across a supply chain, or an exciting innovation coming from a start-up company, businesses large and small have sensitive data they must protect to maintain their competitive advantage. 

In a recent article examining How SMBs Can Stay Ahead of New Cyber Security Threats in 2016, Vijilan Security chief sales and marketing officer, Gary Mullen, said "Small businesses are prime candidates for attacks, but lack the threat expertise and resources to monitor their security posture 24/7, leaving them exposed to hackers."

But that needn't be the case. 

From Lumension to Digital Guardian, there are countless software suites, protocols, and programs capable of helping you take the necessary in-house precautions to keep your trade secrets a secret.

What We Learned From the December ISM Report

The manufacturing industry contracted for a second straight month in December, with the Purchasing Managers' Index falling to 48.2, a 0.4 point decrease from November. 

A Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing -- 4 Key Factors Driving Industry Evolution in 2015

From emissions standards to additive manufacturing and reshoring, the face of manufacturing changed rapidly in 2015.

With higher customer expectations, buyers and suppliers of manufactured parts were expected to be more efficient and more importantly, on the cutting edge of technology.

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Supply Chain?

It’s just part of managing vendors...

Over time, some relationships will improve and grow stronger. While others will, inevitably, become less beneficial and more troublesome. Whether it’s increased lead times, recurring quality issues, or rising prices, we suspect you could look at your supplier base right now and identify several companies that need to be replaced. 

Top Things To Look For In An Industrial-Electronics Manufacturer

Keeping a manufacturing business operating at full capacity depends on many factors, and equipment must be repaired and maintained to avoid production delays and ensure safety. When it comes to industrial-electronic components and connectors, you need to have the right, high-quality products readily available for your equipment. Here are a few of our favorite tips that buyers in our marketplace have found to be helpful when looking for a new industrial-electronics manufacturer that will fit their business needs.

Manufacturing sector continues expansion for 19th straight month

According to information released via the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, manufacturing sector economic activity expanded in December 2014 for the 19th month in a row. The overall economy grew for the 67th month in a row during the same period of time.

A Survival Guide for Sourcing Professionals

Grab the Sourcing Professionals' Survival Guide to make sure you have all the resources you need to take charge of your sourcing activities. This guide includes:

  • White Paper: 5 Steps to Taking Charge of Your Sourcing Activities
  • White Paper: Revolutionizing eSourcing Adoption
  • MFGWatch Report: 2013 Manufacturing Forecast & Analysis
  • Guide: Solving the Conflict Minerals Gap

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Food Coast to Coast

For Ocean Spray, transportation costs are pushing them to a novel solution: partner with competitors to cut transport fuel costs by 40% and carbon emissions by 20%.

Logistics and shipping costs were the major threat to supply chains, affecting 52% of manufacturers, up from 37% a year earlier. That was the finding in a 2012 annual survey by, an online marketplace for manufacturers and suppliers. Another concern was fuel oil prices, affecting 29% of manufacturers, steady for both years.

NTMA Purchasing Fair - Sourcing Professionals Register Free

Attend the 2013 NTMA Purchasing Fair, May 16-17, 2013, Indianapolis, IN


The focus of the upcoming NTMA Purchasing Fair on May 16-17 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis is to align OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and large companies with highly competitive and skilled domestic small- to medium-sized manufacturers.

Benefits to Attending