Ericsson Looks East As Western Rivals Merge

With customers merging and capital expenditure budgets shrinking in North America and Europe, Ericsson AB is shifting more marketing resources to Asia where the mobile and networking equipment OEM is hoping to benefit from a surge in infrastructure spending by governments and private communication services enterprises. The company aims to keep up a vibrant presence…

Get Ready for the Level VI Efficiency Regulation

The U.S. Level VI energy-efficiency regulation, aimed at energy savings in external power supplies, goes into force on February 10, 2016, and will impact all OEMs selling into the U.S. market. The European Union (EU) also is expected to harmonize with the new efficiency standard. Developed to conserve power primarily in consumer and industrial-type products –…

Nokia Renews Makeover Efforts with $16.6B Alcatel-Lucent Deal

Nokia Corp. is intensifying efforts to transform the company’s operations with an agreement to acquire French-American telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for about $16.6 billion. The deal is in continuation of a reorganization exercise that culminated almost one year ago in the sale of the Finnish company’s mobile handset division to Microsoft Corp. for $7.2…

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Distributors ‘Building’ Expanded Customer Base

As the electronics industry continues to respond to demand for more energy-efficient technologies, the supply chain has adapted its service model to support a broader range of customers. Amidst all the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), electronics distributors have begun aligning their linecards and human resources to support a subset of the IoT:…

Reshoring: A Reality Check

For those who are not fans of TV’s Saturday Night Live, Debbie Downer is a character that finds the dark cloud in every silver lining. A.T. Kearney may just be the Debbie Downer of the U.S. manufacturing industry. An A.T. Kearney report released late last year concluded that the trend toward reshoring manufacturing in the…

Avoiding Data Breaches in IT Asset Disposal

When the industry thinks of data breaches it raises the specter of a savvy hacker lurking very far, and yet very close, intermingling with a larger organization of internet criminals, breaking into our technology and gathering most private information: credit card and bank account details, social security numbers, and personal health and income data. The…

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3D Printing: A Unique Solution to EOL

My love-hate relationship with printers goes way back. I worked in several corporate offices during the 1980s when there was one printer on every floor and it wasn’t working 50 percent of the time. The only person who could load or fix the printer was an executive assistant who had more important things to do.…

How Distribution Can Capitalize on the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, and the market opportunities are mind-boggling: 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The value of the IoT devices and services market will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The benefits to users are infinite. Is this the “killer app” the high-tech market has been waiting for? The…

Buying LEDs: Consider the Total System Cost

LED manufacturers think it’s about time to change the purchasing conversation around LED pricing. This means looking at the total bill-of-materials (BOM) for the LED lighting system instead of just the cost of the LED. In a recent conversation with Paul Scheidt, leader of product marketing for LED components at Cree Inc., he explained that…