ON Semi, DHL Expand Logistics Capabilites in Japan

Electronics companies are increasingly partnering with logistics providers to improve delivery services and  assist in supply chain management. ON Semiconductor this week announced it has opened a new global distribution hub located in Narita, Japan,  in partnership with DHL. The Japan Global Distribution Center is more than ten times bigger than the old facility,  ON said in a…

Perks and Pitfalls of Knowledge Diffusion in the Supply Chain

Do you collaborate with and learn from your suppliers, or are you serving them the knowledge to compete with you head-on on a silver platter? This question is increasingly relevant in today’s global competitive environment. Firms are routinely leveraging global sourcing to gain cost advantages, but competition nowadays occurs between supply chains rather than businesses.…

What RoHS 2 Means for Buyers and the Channel

Now that the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been around awhile, manufacturers have a pretty good idea what’s necessary to comply with the directive. Now RoHS 2 is on the horizon, and the role channel partners play in environmental compliance efforts will be expanded. “What [RoHS 2] does is expand the requirement for…

Who Gets the Last Word: Design or Purchasing?

The connector market is often described as evolutionary — ­­rather than revolutionary — in its technology advancements, but that doesn’t mean the sector is immune to the electronics industry’s wild swings. The challenges and problems connector manufacturers and design engineers must deal with include the same hurdles the rest of the market faces. Problems as…

Walk Where Counterfeiters Won’t Go

Walking where counterfeiters can’t and won’t go isn’t difficult. It just requires rigorous compliance with commonsense practices and the willingness to spend a few extra bucks upfront to avoid much bigger costs and embarrassment down the road. To start, though, companies must recognize the growing dangers counterfeits and substandard parts pose to the electronics supply…