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Does Anyone Really Buy Electronics Based on Green?

One of the difficulties of environmental policies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices is measuring a return on investment (ROI). When such ideas are first pitched, the encouragement for compliance is more about the money you’ll avoid spending on things such as fines than on the rewards you will reap. Some policies, such as RoHS,…

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It’s Official: Amazon is Selling Components

The announcement heralds “convenience, business-only selection and pricing and free two-day shipping.” “Catalog distributor” you say? Nope.  Amazon.com/business, which was announced today. In many ways, it’s the distribution industry’s worst nightmare. To date, the esoteric, complex and often-expensive electronics components that engineers use to design high-tech products were sold predominantly directly from suppliers or through…

Arrow Teams Hone Risk Management Skills

An event doesn’t have to be catastrophic to disrupt the supply chain, said Tim Kolbus, vice president of global logistics solutions for Arrow Electronics Inc. A recent work slowdown at two of the U.S.’s busiest seaports is a prime example. Even though the event wasn’t deemed a strike, it will take an estimated six months…

ECIA Takes Position on Product Change Notifications

  Product change notices (PCNs) are a necessary but complicated reality of the supply chain.  Component manufacturers change things all the time, but because components are sold directly to customers, through distributors or on the open market, it is nearly impossible to disseminate notices in a consistent manner. Entire websites have been dedicated to keeping…

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…

Getting to a Sustainable Future

Earth Day 2015 offers us a time to reflect upon the thin biosphere surrounding the planet, that most important niche that we depend upon for our existence. At Smith, we realize the significance of the challenges that we face, and through our actions, we support many efforts to create a sustainable future, including renewable energy,…

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…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…