Electronics Companies Go Green; ITAD and the Environment

In today’s age, it’s hard to deny the impact humans are having on the environment. It’s nearly impossible to refute the evidence of climate change. Being socially aware and responsible is no longer the work of scientists and environmental groups, but rather a growing expectation for both individuals and companies. There is a difference between…

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Intel/Altera Could be a Distribution Game-Changer

Altera Corp.’s acquisition by Intel Corp. looks like a sure winner in all ways but one: Altera’s distribution channel. FPGA maker Altera and its closest rival Xilinx Inc. are two of the last suppliers practicing an unofficial distribution policy called “shelf-sharing.” Under shelf-sharing, a supplier refuses to be sold by (or “share shelf” with) any…

Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

SID: Top 10 Trends in Display Technology

The global display industry continues to grow, with new technologies enabling a host of emerging products and applications. Because displays are the human-interface component for so many electronics products, their importance to devices could rival microprocessors. According to Sri Peruvemba, CEO of Marketer International and Head of Marketing for the Society for Information Display, these…

Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly.  Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response to customers’ demand for support beyond engineering orders. It was an early adopter of digital content…

CEA: Consumers Expect Less Tech Spending

It is only one data point out of many, but the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Index of Consumer Expectations declined in May. The decline was 2.4 points from April to 173.7; however, May’s ICE remains higher year-over-year, as it has since May of 2009. “There is mounting apprehension around the economy,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D.,…

Market Cycles Challenge Electronics Buyers

The electronics industry is changing in fundamental ways and the shifts taking place are raising questions about whether the industry is less cyclical than it used to be. It’s a topic of conversation increasingly being discussed among analysts and corporate executives who are looking at the past as a way to understand today’s electronics landscape.…

Inductor Market to Grow 6.2% Through 2019

Component miniaturization, weight reduction and ease-of-manufacturing have all contributed to growth in the market for inductors, a fundamental passive component. The global inductor market, estimated at $2780 million in 2014, is expected to reach $3750 million by 2018, according to “Global Inductor Market by Type (Fixed Inductor, Variable Inductor, Couple Inductor, Multilayer Inductor, Power Inductor,…

Employees Top Sources of Supply Chain Fraud Risk

In the context of the supply chain, the term “fraud” could mean many things: intentional financial errors; misrepresented inventory levels or outright fake products. More than one quarter (28.9 percent) of supply chain professionals polled by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said their organizations experienced supply chain fraud, waste or abuse during the past 12 months.…

ON Joins Home Networking Protocol Group

Home automation – and the Internet of Things in general—sounds great, but will still be difficult to implement for many consumers that want to take advantage of the interconnected world. Even getting devices that are designed to communicate with one another can be frustrating for the average consumer. Electronics companies that are planning on capitalizing…