ISM: Procurement Savings Miss the Mark

 When OEMs began implementing practices such as just-in-time (JIT) and build-to-order (BTO), analysts began to look at the supply chain as a possible profit center rather than a cost. Yet, a survey conducted by the Institute of Supply Management indicates that procurement – one of the key functions in the supply chain – remains primarily…

Supply Chain 2014: Avnet’s Analysis

The electronics supply chain of course hopes that demand for products will pick up in 2014. But components and systems are only part of the story. A well-managed supply chain can cut costs and help increase profits for global electronics companies. Avnet Inc. recently shared some insights on 2014 expectations for the supply chain. According…

Alliance to Drive Supply Chain Risk Management

Santa Clara, Calif. – Resilinc, a provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, and KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, have formed an alliance to help clients change their approach to supply chain risk management. A recent study conducted by Resilinc indicates that many large organizations are not aware of the risks involved…

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…