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Amazon.com is Not Out to Get You (But That Doesn’t Mean it Won’t)

My colleague Bolaji Ojo eloquently outlined the impact Amazon.com is having on the world of electronics. I agree with Bolaji’s analysis 100 percent. But much of the coverage of Amazon in the electronics trade press – including EPSNews – implies that Amazon.com is intentionally targeting the electronics distribution industry. That’s simply not true. Amazon is targeting any market…

electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

Although chief procurement officers (CPOs) are most often associated with supplier management, there are customer-facing catalysts, driven by the nationalist shift, that could expand the CPO's role to better prepare their company

How CPOs can Prepare for the Impact of Nationalism

As evidenced by Brexit and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, economic nationalism is on the rise. Industries such as electronics have spent decades building and finetuning a vast network of global supply chains. If globalization is facing a backlash — and experts attest that it is — longstanding supply relationships are about to get…

EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

Report: Anti-Counterfeit Efforts Don’t Thwart Cyber-Threats

The defense industry’s concerns regarding microelectronics is expanding beyond counterfeit components and into the realm of cybersecurity, according to a report issued this month by the Defense Science Board Task Force. Thanks in part to the defense department’s reliance on commercial electronics components, the task force found defense equipment can be susceptible to cyber attacks…