Insights

Browse our round up of insightful stories to stay up to date with recent news and perspectives on technology, innovation, and MBX.

Supply Chain Insights

Hardware

TAA Compliance: It’s All about Substantial Transformation

Any vendor who sells to the U.S. government on a General Services Administration (GSA) contract has to make sure that their products comply with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) (19 U.S.C. & 2501-2581). It’s serious business.

Engineering

Hardware Efficiency, Performance, Quality: It’s All a Matter of Design

Turns out some hard drives became dislodged during shipping — a simple oversight and yet one that can cost thousands of dollars from delays to the installation. That tiny detail had a big impact for Scale Computing, a provider of hyperconverged and edge computing solutions.

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What to Expect as Brexit Changes Take Effect

Many companies — and quite possibly yours — will be impacted by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Here’s what you need to know, and how MBX can help.

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6 things you need to do now to prepare for IEC 62368-1

In December 2020, IEC 62368-1 certification will become mandatory in many European countries. Are your products compliant? By Bill Conrades, Sales Engineering Manager Product safety certifications aren’t typically at the front of anyone’s mind. But like oil changes and plumbing, without periodic maintenance, things can go south fast. Today’s technology products carry either IEC 60950-1 Read more…

News

Industry Veteran Lands at MBX

Tom Larson was looking for his next adventure. Enter one company that was established in the 1990s, is ISO9001:2015 certified, and has built a significant infrastructure on I.T. hardware supply chain and order fulfillment. Enter MBX Systems. By Jay Bartlett, Security World Back in 2008, many considered it the year of “convergence.” The year where IP-based Read more…

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Coronavirus Social-Distancing Forces Painful Choices on Small Businesses

Small-business confidence plunged in March to near its lowest levels in the past seven years, as business owners grappled with the effects of the novel coronavirus on their companies and the broader economy. Owners of businesses from restaurants and yoga studios to marketing and manufacturing firms are already making tough choices, as the fallout spreads Read more…

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Update on MBX Systems COVID-19 Response Plan

The top priority at MBX Systems is the well being of our employees and maintaining business continuity as the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus advances. Justin Formella, Chief Strategy Officer It’s important that we continue to communicate how we are preparing our entire organization and protecting your end-to-end supply chain. We’ve gone to incredible lengths to Read more…

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The coronavirus creates multiple dilemmas for businesses

“There’s a paradox here,” said MBX’s Justin Formella. “If it seems like an overreaction after the fact, it means you probably did the right thing and helped the situation improve.” For Chicago business, the coronavirus at first seemed like distant shells from a hostile army still far from its target. Manufacturers reliant on Far East Read more…

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Supply Stashes, Temperature Checks, and Coronavirus ‘Czars’: How Companies Are Preparing to Keep Employees Healthy and Business Strong

Savvy entrepreneurs are planning ahead to mitigate the effects of supply shortages and sick employees. When the 12 China-based employees of private-label sock manufacturer PAC-MFG return to their office on Monday after a two-week quarantine of the city of Haining, things will be a little different. Buses and trains are hot spots for transmission of the coronavirus, Read more…

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Coronavirus is slowing production in China. Chicago companies must figure out how to cope.

At AllCell Technologies’ facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, dozens of employees are cranking out lithium-ion batteries, destined to power drones, electric vehicles and more. The key component of the rechargeable batteries comes from China and other Asian countries, where the coronavirus has caused factories to shut down or operate at reduced capacity, Read more…

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