Sometimes the Best Way Forward Is Reverse

Everyone's seen the ugly images: outdated mobile phones, obsolete monitors, and dated laptops discarded in landfills. There's value in those piles, it turns out. “Reverse logistics” can mean a lot of things — resale, refurbishing, or harvesting parts — but the simple way to think of it is recycling. The electronic supply chain, however, has…

New China Train System Aims at IT Supply Chains

Three months ago, the Chinese government shut down its lumbering, scandal-plagued Railway Ministry. Now, the massive cargo system's replacement, China Rail Corp., is promising big changes. Of course, a train system is in the works. The agency is also promising a comprehensive logistics operation built to serve China's new manufacturing economy — particularly the semiconductor…

IEMI Readies Its Anti-Counterfeit Plan

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, an association of semiconductor OEMs, claims to have new ways to keep counterfeit components out of your supply chain. If it doesn't, it won't be for lack of effort. First envisioned way back in 2011, the project called for companies to donate a small amount of staff time — about…

Tablets & a World in Transition

More and more the debate over tablets versus the PC (really, the laptop) is turning on use. Are mobile computers consumption devices or creative tools, primarily? The answer — we don't really know yet — will have huge implications for electronics suppliers. If the tablet replaces the PC, that means an entirely different kind of…

Thai Floods Recede, But Damage Remains

Massive flooding in Thailand finally appears to be relenting. But the long-term effects are only now beginning to be understood. Particularly in the semiconductor space, manufacturing delays could turn out to be worse than those from the spring earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Several predictions this week suggested there will be widespread delays in shipments…

Thai Floods Devastate Supply Chain

The floods that worsened this week across Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam are threatening to devastate the region's electronics manufacturers and assemblers, cutting important links to several international supply chains. Here's an update on where things stand for some key suppliers: Malaysian Eng Teknologi, a hard drives supplier based in Penang, on the Thai border, has…