What Mouser ‘s Global Team Learns from its Local Ground Game

E-commerce has effectively demolished the geographic boundaries that used to limit electronics procurement through the distribution channel. Component suppliers authorized distributors to sell their brands in geographic markets to avoid over-distribution and linecard conflicts. The first time a distributor offered all of its brands internationally online tested those boundaries. The supply chain found that expanding…

Procurement Execs Tighten Their Belts

U.S. manufacturing has been on a bumpy ride for the last five months: The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)  has reported industry contraction since October 2015. The pace of contraction slowed a bit in February and is inching closer to a level of 50.0, the demarcation line between growth and contraction on the ISM index.…

Midsized Manufacturers Expect to Outpace Market

Financial executives of small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturing businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects for 2016, according to research from the buying consortium PrimeAdvantage. At the same time, CFO confidence in the U.S. economy has fallen from last year with slightly more than half of executives – 54 percent — expressing optimism. This is…

Industry Tackles Technology & Sourcing Issues

Military and aerospace devices used to be the gold standard for quality and performance back in the days when the U.S. defense industry was one of the world’s biggest consumers of electronics components. Now, some industry experts believe, quality and performance advancements are being rivalled by the automotive industry. “It’s interesting —  the trends we…

Supply Chain Goals Misaligned with Execution

An optimal supply chain relies on alignment – between supply and demand, or goals and execution – for success. But a recent report has found a significant misalignment between the business objectives of a strategic supply chain and the resources dedicated toward achieving that goal. Of 250 senior manufacturing executives polled by GT Nexus, which…

Friends — Not Social Media — Prepped me for the C-Suite

In the ’50s and ’60s back in the neighborhood, “real social interaction” preceded all of today’s empty suit social media communications. When we were teens, we were doing things like marketing, organizing events and, most significant, developing social skills and learning life lessons on the playground…without parental guidance and fanfare. Social media truly benefits so…

Avnet Doubles Down on Embedded Systems

The value of embedded systems in the distribution channel was reinforced in recent weeks as Avnet Inc. dedicated global sales and support resources to the embedded market segment. Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, was named as senior vice president of Avnet embedded systems,  global, earlier this year. For the past year, Smith has overseen both…

Advocate Says Reshoring’s Down, But Not Out

Although the pace of U.S. reshoring decelerated in 2015, one manufacturing expert says the trend is far from standing still. A recent report released by consultancy A.T. Kearney concluded that the U.S. reshoring train “has yet to leave the station.” The Reshoring Initiative (www.ReshoreNow) disagrees. “Repeated surveys by Boston Consulting Group, Plastics News/Nexant, Alix Partners…