Covid-19 & Necessity Accelerate Supply Chain Digitization

The onset of the coronavirus epidemic has accelerated the supply chain digital transformation that has languished on businesses’ “to-do” list for years. Covid-19 has exposed barriers to collaboration that most companies tolerate under normal circumstances. It’s fair to say the electronics supply chain currently aspires to “normal.” Even before Covid-19 hit, 92 percent of companies…

Study: New Product Introductions Stalled by Covid-19

The electronics supply chain relies on new product introductions (NPI) to drive both innovation and sales. More than half (53 percent) of electronics industry product launches have been delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Dimensional Research study commissioned by Supplyframe. Covid-19 also has led to increased component costs, the need…

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U.S. Supply Execs Prepare Grim Forecast for 2020

U.S. purchasing and supply executives expect the nation’s economic downturn will continue for the rest of the year as the Covid-19 pandemic obscures forecasts in the manufacturing sector. Factory revenue is expected to drop 10.3 percent in 2020 —  down 15.1 percent from December 2019 forecasts. The manufacturing and services sectors are both signaling contraction…

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ECIAauthorized Expands to Non-Association Members

For the past six months, the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) has been in a state of flux. For the procurement community, that became evident though changes to ECIAauthorized, the association’s inventory-aggregation site. In October, some of ECIA’s biggest members – global distributors Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Electrocomponents plc—left the trade association to…

Waymo Driver Outlines Component-Rich Robocar

Waymo recently released via Youtube a lecture on “Waymo Driver,” the company’s fifth-generation robocar platform. Presented by YooJung Ahn, head of design at Waymo, the video clip shares the new platform’s basic design ideas. Ultimately, the trick that caught many industry observers’ eyes about the latest robocar was Waymo’s liberal use of various sensors, including…