U.S.-China Trade War: Supply Chain Crisis or Opportunity?

Editor’s note on Special Project U.S.-China Trade War Damages Done: A permanent trade war with China has already thrust the supply chain in a mad scramble. Procurement costs have increased; partnerships have been severed; and companies have been forced to relocate manufacturing. Still, some companies see the conflict as a path toward differentiation President Trump’s…

Sager Enhances Sensor Offering With NevadaNano

Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components and provider of value-add solutions, today announces the addition of NevadaNano to its line card. NevadaNano develops patent-pending chemical sensing technology. “Sager is an excellent partner with which to offer our groundbreaking gas sensors to customers,” noted Bob Christensen, Senior Director Business…

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…

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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…