Supply Chain Requires Greater CEO Involvement: McKinsey

Rising complexity in supply chain operations combined with its growing role in assuring enterprise profitability means executives up to the CEO level should devote more attention to this part of corporate operations, according to a research report. As risks pile up in supply chain operations globally, companies are being forced to continually reinvent their systems…

Distribution Grapples with Marketing Dilemma

November is a pressure packed month for distribution marketing executives. So much is expected of them by top executives who want a marketing plan for the year ahead with costs firmly determined and goals/objectives clearly outlined. The bosses want a marketing plan that is fresh (very, very new), robust, comprehensive, perhaps unorthodox (very out of…

Top 10 Steps to Avoid Product Recall

A product recall is tantamount to a kiss of death in certain segments of the economy, especially for food and other agricultural products. Not so much in other areas such as in the automotive market where manufacturers, led by General Motors, have this year recalled millions of vehicles. The electronics industry falls somewhere in between…

Distribution: Masters of Problem-Solving

As electronics component sales and service organizations, distributors assist customers in a variety of ways. Master Electronics of Santa Monica, CA, prefers to call its role “problem-solving.” “We will do anything at this company that makes business sense for ourselves and the customer,” says Riad Nizam, vice president of sales for Master Electronics. “If you…

Digi-Key & Mentor: New Tools for the (Design) Trade

The electronics industry has recently tapped in to a growing population of small entrepreneurs, do-it-yourself (DIY) hobbyists and ‘makers’ that could be developing the next breakthrough high-tech device. Design tools have sprung up that make it faster and easier for users to bring these products to market. But two marquee names in the design chain…

Broadcom Targets Mass Market with Mouser’s Help

As part of its overall effort to broaden its customer base, Broadcom Corp. has signed a global distribution agreement with its first e-commerce/catalog distributor, Mouser Electronics. The addition of  Mouser to its distribution network is part of Broadcom’s new channel initiative, started about 18 months ago, aimed at penetrating the mass market. At the same…

What Can Go Wrong with Poor Labeling Strategies?

The following should be cut and pasted, or cut and posted, at the end of every electronics manufacturing line, every warehouse, every distribution center, and even every executive suite. It is a list of the eight most common bad outcomes that can occur from labeling errors, and is derived from more than two decades of…

Demand Visibility Remains Problematic

In spite of supply chain collaboration, MRP technology, supplier consolidation and a long period of ample component supply, a panel of leading EMS providers say they have less visibility than ever into demand signals from their OEM customers. Executives from U.S.-based OnCore Manufacturing Services, Variosystems Inc., Kimball Electronics Inc. and Plexus Corp. gathered recently to…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…

Compliance Squeeze: The Polluter Pays

Countries around the world are struggling to deal with environmental degradation, resource scarcity and waste streams. As a result, they are issuing more and more regulations around environmental sustainability – covering areas such as waste stream control, packaging, greenhouse gas emissions and extended producer responsibility. “Legislative and cost imperatives are pushing companies to think about…