Why is Visibility so Difficult?

As semiconductors become scarce in 2021, companies in the electronics supply chain are seeking better visibility into long-term chip demand. Two research reports shed some light on why visibility, in general, is so hard to achieve. More than half the companies recently surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rely on their own data for…

Executive Order Clears Path to $37 Billion Chip Investment

President Biden on Wednesday signed, as expected, an executive order that paves the way for allocation of $37 billion federal government investment to address the chip supply shortfall. Industry reaction has been positive with both the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) immediately issuing statements showing relief that the…

Mouser Launches 436 Products in 1 Month

As an authorized distributor, Mouser Electronics, Inc. is focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies, giving customers an edge and helping speed time to market. Over 1,100 semiconductor and electronic component manufacturer brands count on Mouser to help them introduce their products into the global marketplace. Mouser’s customers can expect 100% certified,…

Electronics Industry Welcomes Supply Chain Review

Unsurprisingly, the electronics industry is reacting favorably to President Biden’s executive order to review critical U.S. supply chains. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the United States’ dependence on foreign supplies including semiconductors and materials used in PPE, medical tests and pharmaceuticals. Reliance on foreign sources is not a new issue in electronics but tariffs, the China-U.S.…

Delivering a B2C Customer Experience in a B2B World

Customer experience matters more than ever because today’s consumers expect greater responsiveness in their daily lives. A much-quoted study by experience management services firm Walker Information predicted that by the end of 2020, customer experience will have overtaken price and product as the key brand differentiator. This reality also is reflected in expectations in the…

ECIA Completes Phase One of Design Registration Initiative

Design registration has been an important process for the electronic component industry for over three decades, serving manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and distributors. ECIA’s Global Industry Practices Committee recently completed Phase 1 of activities to analyze the current state of the process with a goal of improving and modernizing the practice. “This work group study had…

Sourcengine Integrates Quote and BOM Tools

Sourcengine, the electronic component industry’s leading e-commerce marketplace, today announced that it has integrated its ‘Quote It’ RFQ functionality with its BOM (Bill of Materials) Tool to simplify the component sourcing process for manufacturers and other purchasers. The integration of these two tools bridges the existing, negotiation-intensive purchasing process with the e-commerce-based future of component sourcing. “The…

Vanderheyden to Lead TTI Expanded Services Team

TTI, Inc. a specialty distributor of electronic components, today announced the expansion of their traditional supply chain services team to include sales enablement and field integration. Heading the new discipline will be TTI Senior Vice President, Tom Vanderheyden. According to TTI Americas President, Don Akery, “Being a best in class supply chain services provider has…