The Internet Didn’t Kill Distribution 0r 24/7 Support

As hoped, my last blog spurred some conversation within the distribution industry. I’ve heard from a company that remembers how business was done before the Internet came along. Of course, that conversation was by phone. But we’ll be moving it online shortly. (See: In Distribution, How Much Support is Enough?) The question “How much attention…

5 Areas Engineers Impact Procurement

In putting together the slides for a technical review, I realized that two thirds of the staff at Lytica have technical degrees; mostly electrical engineering but also computer science, mathematics and related fields. While not a total surprise, it is unusual to have this technical depth in a supply chain company and it is also…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…

Avnet’s Fay: Hynix Fire Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerability

For years now I have been advocating the importance of having a comprehensive and proactive risk management strategy to protect the continuity of the supply chain when a disruption occurs. And though I believe that there is indeed a greater awareness of the importance of risk management, the apparent panic ignited by the recent Hynix…

Chip Makers Align in Automotive Market

With the PC market in decline and government budgets in sequestration, the automotive market is a bright spot for component makers. The electronics content in all types of vehicles is expected to increase significantly as car makers woo customers with advanced safety features and infotainment offerings. This week,  Freescale Semiconductor Japan Ltd. and ROHM Co.…

Supplier Profile: Honeywell’s Product Platforms Save Time, Money

EPS’ executive editor Gina Roos spent some time catching up with Honeywell Sensing and Control’s vice president, global strategic marketing and business development, Ashis Bhattacharya, discussing Honeywell’s product development and distribution strategies.

Manufacturers Bullish on Second Half of 2013

Small and midsize manufacturers are expressing optimism about their business during the second half of the year in spite of concerns about federal regulation and fiscal policies. Ninety-seven percent of respondents to a survey conducted by buying consortium Prime Advantage expects revenues to be better than or equal to the first half of 2013. Forty-two…

Severe DRAM Allocation? Reality Suggests Differently

Spot prices for DRAMs have shot up 19 percent since a recent fire at a SK Hynix plant in China halted production at the industry’s second-largest memory supplier’s facility but fears of “allocation” – one of the most dreaded words in the purchasing community – will eventually prove unfounded. The SK Hynix plant shutdown sparked…