Demand Continues For Discretes, Memory and RF Components

The electronics components market continues to show consistency, at least among product lines that are moving upward in leadtimes, pricing, or both. According to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report for July, discretes, memory and RF components continue to see leadtimes stretch out and pricing increase. Leadtimes for discretes are showing a range…

How Will IoT Impact Purchasing?

The Internet of Things (IoT) – which represents a great opportunity for component makers and OEMs in the electronics market – has implications for the millions of users of IoT applications. Purchasing, I’d imagine, is one of those applications. When I look at purchasing issues, I break them into two separate groups: my issues as…

Electronics Purchasing and Voting With Your Pocketbook

Walmart critics say the mega-retailer doesn’t pay its employees enough. Among the arguments in favor of Walmart boosting its employees’ wages is “it’s the right thing to do.” Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a very popular branding tool for many businesses. But how about from the business standpoint? Walmart is one of the darlings…

Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…

Component Trends: Discretes on the Move in June

For the third month in a row, leadtimes and prices of discrete components have been on the rise, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. Lead times for discretes have started to stretch for some packages, according to Avnet product experts, resulting in an uptick in ASPs. There are extended lead times…

Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that…

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DFARS Rule Will Hit Scofflaws in the Pocketbook

Penalties for non-compliance of government standards usually take the form of fees or fines, so it’s not surprising that scofflaws of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS Case 2012-D055) rule will get hit directly in the pocketbook. The ECIA this week has taken a close look at the legislation – which strives to eliminate…

What the Latest DFARS Rule Means for Buyers

It has always been part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):  the provision that contractors would be responsible for weeding counterfeit parts out of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain. Now it’s official: contractors must establish, maintain and certify counterfeit detection and avoidance systems or risk losing the opportunity to bid on federal…

Chip Makers Tap Emerging-Market Opportunities

Spring is bringing new growth to global markets at a sustainable pace, which is exciting for the supply chain. Europe, like North America, is showing real signs of a return of consumer confidence and foreign investment. Meanwhile, many of the emerging economies are also gaining momentum, although some remain clouded in political issues, like Russia; and…