How a Supply Chain Planning System Drives Total Value, Part 1

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series examining how a supply chain planning system model can improve customer service and drive total value creation. Supply chain complexity has increased exponentially over the past several decades because of globalization, consumer demand for increased product customization and the development of multi-functional business processes to…

A Wild Week; EDS Wraps, and a Bumpy H2 for Component Demand

As component manufacturers and distributors gathered for the annual EDS trade show, fears of a 2019 recession had largely abated. The year could end slightly ahead of 2018, one global distributor projected, assuming the market environment remains “normal.” That was Wednesday. By Friday, the U.S. had escalated its trade war with China and the supply…

ISM, purchasing, manufacturing, forecast

Purchasers Forecast Revenue & Production Capacity Growth in 2019

Purchasing managers and supply chain executives in manufacturing industries in the U.S. expect the economy to continue to grow throughout 2019, according to the latest economic report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). At the same time, many in the manufacturing sector said tariffs are negatively impacting business and the supply chain. Nearly 60…

3 Tips for Sourcing Box Build Services

When sourcing box build services, manufacturers must evaluate the sophistication of the provider’s assembly tools and methods, the strength of its engineering team, and the breadth of its capabilities. Sophistication of tools & methods Sophistication of tools does not always mean shiny new million-dollar equipment. It can be as simple as using specialized hand tools…

ECIA Develops Guidelines on China Tariffs

The ECIA Distributor Council assigned the GIPC (Global Industry Practices Committee) to identify multiple best practices regarding the transfer and/or exchange of information for the handling of China tariffs between electronic component Manufacturers and Distributors. Since the implementation of the China Tariff List 301 in July 2018 the electronic components authorized channel partners have been…

TTI Offers Rohm 1SML-D15 LED Series

TTI, Inc., a leading specialty distributor of electronic components, is now stocking the Rohm SML-D15 LED Series. These high-accuracy single-rank 1608-size high-brightness chip LEDs are optimized for industrial, medical and automotive systems. The SML-D15 series was developed using a comprehensive, highly integrated manufacturing system (from device fabrication), allowing ROHM to exceed the limits of conventional…