What will it Cost to Clean up China in 2050?

It’s 2050 and a new generation of Chinese leaders are tackling the country’s terrible pollution problems. Major cities are cloaked in a heavy unbreathable haze, citizens are gagging on the streets, rivers and ground water have heavy contamination of PCB and other hazardous pollutants and surging health care costs are chewing up personal and national…

Commoditization & Consolidation: Scourge of IP&E Market

There are numerous challenges ahead for interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IPE) components manufacturers, component distributors and equipment makers. Commoditization – the rapid erosion of pricing and profit margins – isn’t a problem for just suppliers. It poses a challenge for distributors and, in the longer run, OEMs too; what they gain in lower pricing for…

Resolving Emergency Components Shortages

Every purchasing person knows that from time to time some suppliers are not going to be able to help with either emergency shortages or alternate source component research and subsequent supply. When this is the case, things around the factory start to heat up and depending upon the urgency of the requirement, the company firefighters…

The Internet Didn’t Kill Distribution 0r 24/7 Support

As hoped, my last blog spurred some conversation within the distribution industry. I’ve heard from a company that remembers how business was done before the Internet came along. Of course, that conversation was by phone. But we’ll be moving it online shortly. (See: In Distribution, How Much Support is Enough?) The question “How much attention…

KOA Speer Wins Supplier Award

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc., of Bradford, PA, was presented with the 2013 Passive Category Supplier of the Year Award during the company’s Annual Supplier Conference. The Supplier of the Year award is an acknowledgement of significant contributions made during the year by suppliers and is based upon quality, delivery, total cost of ownership, lead time…