ON Semi, DHL Expand Logistics Capabilites in Japan

Electronics companies are increasingly partnering with logistics providers to improve delivery services and  assist in supply chain management. ON Semiconductor this week announced it has opened a new global distribution hub located in Narita, Japan,  in partnership with DHL. The Japan Global Distribution Center is more than ten times bigger than the old facility,  ON said in a…

EPS’ November Hot Products

Here is Electronics Purchasing Strategies’ selection of 10 hot products for November that truly fall into the category of tiny components. These devices can be used in a variety of applications, ranging from mobile phones and hearing aids to military systems and networking equipment.

WPG to Distribute Micron ICs in the Americas

Micron, a designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced memory and semiconductor technologies and WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia’s number one electronics distributor, announced today that WPGA will handle sales, support and logistics services for Micron’s complete line of memory and advanced products in North and South America, effective…

Shutdown Has Little Impact on Manufacturing

The recent shutdown by the U.S. government did not appear to have an effect on domestic manufacturing activity, according to the nation’s supply executives. A leading indicator of economic growth, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), increased for the fifth straight month to reach 56.4 percent.  A PMI reading above 50 percent…

The RFID ‘Kill’ Switch is here

During the RFID Live 2013 conference, I had the opportunity to preview some very significant technology introductions that will be implemented as standard features in both mobile and fixed stationed products very soon. One of the most intriguing innovations is the RFID application that I like to think of as a “kill switch.” One hardware…

Distribution: Some Policies No Longer Work

One charter of a trade association is to examine and if possible rectify industry policies and practices that don’t make sense for its members. But there are several issues in the electronics supply chain over which members of the same trade association may never see eye-to-eye. Distributors and suppliers – both members of Electronics Components…

How Digi-Key Manages Expansion

Leading low-volume high-mix distributor Digi-Key Corp. is gradually expanding into the prototype and low-volume production business. In  Digi-Key Ventures Deeper into Supply Chain,  Electronics Purchasing Strategies managing editor Barbara Jorgensen spoke with Dave Doherty, vice president of Global Supplier and Product Operations for Digi-Key, to find out how Digi-Key is managing this growing venture. In the second part…

Arrow Tool Links Purchasing and Engineering

Ever since the Internet became a factor in the electronics supply chain, companies have been trying to figure out the best use for the web. Distributors in particular had a stake in the process because the Internet was supposedly poised to eliminate the need for a supply chain “middleman.” The channel instead has harnessed the…