Semiconductor Vendors Turn to Vertical Integration

While global supply chains continue to expand and extend their reach, tighter margins and intense competition challenge OEMs to improve processes and streamline operations across the board. Taking a page from the solar industry, we are seeing a real movement in semiconductors to vertical integration, particularly among the service and component distribution channels. Vertical vs.…

Component Trends: A Little More Volatility in September

Lead times and prices in the electronics components industry saw a little more movement in September than in prior months, according to Avnet’s latest Market & Technology Trends report. Pricing of analog components, discretes, logic and memory inched up in the semiconductor market while in IP&E, only military interconnect prices increased. Lead times are increasing…

SAE Anti-Fake Rule Emphasizes the Channel

There are a number of problems associated with counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain, chief of which is the lack of agreement on a single standard for counterfeit prevention. However, the SAE, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, recently published an international standard that focuses…

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Customer Service 101: Make Things Right

I have the somewhat unique position of being part of a small-business enterprise and a consumer at the same time. Since Electronics Purchasing Strategies writes for professional procurement (among other audiences) I try to take a personal buying experience and then complicate it by a hundred-fold to put myself in the readers’ shoes. My supply chain…

Military Connector Tags to Increase by 2%

Lead times held steady for most interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components over the past month, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. Despite slight price upticks for a few interconnect and passive components, pricing trends are expected to remain generally stable. However, tags for several types of military connectors…

Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

Component Trends: Little Movement in August

The dog days of August are evident in the electronics components market: lead times and prices haven’t moved significantly from the prior month, according to Avnet’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report.  Although there’s been some upward movement in memory products, most semiconductor and IP&E trends have remained stable. Lead times for DDR-1 SDRAM…

Navigating the Dev Kit Market

The development kit will play an important role in changing the electronics industry – for designers, distributors and purchasing professionals alike. In the last year alone development kits were used in 45 percent of all designs, according to an element14 survey. Today’s development tools have become so sophisticated, it’s easy to forget they were once…

“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

Industry forecasts point to significant growth for the duration of 2014 and beyond; but this growth is not just more of the recent same. There are new demand drivers shifting the supply chain balance and with it a new trend in manufacturing is budding. At the center of the growth in consumer electronics is the…

Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…