Achieving a Return on Corporate Sustainability Management

Growing concerns around energy generation, water shortages, flooding and rising sea levels present some significant challenges that demand attention in order to mitigate disruption risks due to potentially crippling supply chain events.  The semiconductor industry, and especially chip manufacturing, is particularly at risk of disruption and crises due to these mounting environmental challenges. While environmental…

Managing Risk Along the Global Semiconductor Supply Chain

Most of us have experienced that sense of alarm or disbelief when we see the reporting on the severity of the California drought. How could such a vibrant market find itself in such a predicament and why have the headlines become so grim, so quickly? Unfortunately, California is not alone in addressing the challenges of…

What China Can Teach Us About Growth in Regional Markets

The growth of regional markets is an ongoing story, but the momentum being carried by rising OEMs is changing the balance of power and market focus in the semiconductor and electronics industry. For example, China’s new crop of OEMs have, over the last couple of years, quickly risen to compete in the international marketplace. In…

Electronica Highlights Global Supply Chain and Demand for Agility

Electronica celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in Munich, Germany and the attendance hit a record-breaking 73,000+ attendees from over 80 countries. This year especially, Electronica  had an even more pronounced global feeling and with that came the repeated requests and recognition that manufacturers need flexible services along the supply chain. Globalization and diversification of…

IoT and Wearables Spurring Supply Chain Momentum

Earlier this month, COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, was  proof positive that the dawn of wearable computing and a next level of ubiquity is here. From the trade show floor to keynotes and casual conversations throughout the week, the momentum and commitment to real progress for wearables was clear all along the semiconductor and electronics…

Counterfeit Vulnerability: We’re All in the Same Boat

Smith & Associates recently compiled the full report of responses from this year’s annual Global Supply Chain Survey, which considers a number of core topics that shape the semiconductor and electronics industry, including: challenges and concerns, component demand trends,  counterfeit vulnerability and mitigation strategies, sustainability, influential technologies, and the role of independent distributors. Among the…