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…

Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

Study: Offshore Suppliers Test Reshoring’s Benefits

Although the trend toward offshoring is believed to be driven by one factor—labor costs—there are dozens of other factors that impact the effectiveness of an offshore manufacturing strategy. One, of course, is the location of the end-customer. Another is the location of suppliers. Recent research suggests that efforts toward reshoring – i.e., bringing manufacturing back…

Seagate Moves to Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Seagate Technology has reinvented itself several times since its founding in 1979. Seagate is now the largest disk drive manufacturer in the world with $8 billion in revenue. It was also one of many of the disk drive suppliers that were impacted by devastating floods in Thailand in 2011. Although not directly a result of…