Infineon’s Cypress Buy Shouldn’t Shake the Channel

Buyers probably won’t see a shakeup in the distribution channel as Infineon Technologies embarks on its $10 billion acquisition of Cypress Semiconductors. Both chip companies sell through global volume distributors Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Future Electronics Inc. They also have Digi-Key, Mouser and Newark in common, small-volume (or “catalog”) distributors that cater to…

How a Supply Chain Planning System Drives Total Value, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second article in 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…

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…

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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Supply Chain More Optimistic About Q2 Component Demand

Industry experts polled in April were slightly more optimistic about electronic component demand, bookings and order cancellations than they were in March. Of roughly 20,000 global respondents to Technology Partners Consultants’ April survey, 29 percent expect a better Q2, versus 23 percent the prior month. “Based on our survey results and conversations with various supply…