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Leveraging Logistics for a Flexible Supply Chain

The cost, complexity and expertise required to enact strategic supply chain changes can pose big challenges for companies, particularly with constrained staff and budgetary resources. At the same time, competitive pressures make realizing them essential. These realities are fueling the move to more strategic approaches to supply chain management, including the next-gen LLP model. What…

Purchasing: Do you Really Understand Pricing?

Since my company, Lytica Inc., introduced analytics based price prediction for electronic components, many major EMS and OEM companies have saved millions of dollars by applying this technology to their materials spending. As with the disruptive technologies described by Clayton Christenson in The Innovator’s Dilemma, those stuck like deer in the headlights clinging to a…

North America Leads in Smart Home & IoT Security Efforts

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be a global enabler of connected – well– things. But some geographic regions may have an edge is adopting the technology that will “smarten” everything from appliances to cities to the grid. North America, according to recent research, will lead the world in smart home development at least through…

What China Can Teach Us About Growth in Regional Markets

The growth of regional markets is an ongoing story, but the momentum being carried by rising OEMs is changing the balance of power and market focus in the semiconductor and electronics industry. For example, China’s new crop of OEMs have, over the last couple of years, quickly risen to compete in the international marketplace. In…

LCD Driver IC/Touch IC Market Faces Price Decline

Although the electronics industry continues to explore alternatives to LCD technology, it is still a major player in electronics products. The technologies that support LCD, such as driver ICs, have a vested interest in the success of the LCD market. There have been some significant developments in the LCD driver IC and the touch IC…

Lindsley Ruth’s Top Challenges as CEO at Electrocomponents

Electrocomponents PLC must have made Lindsley Ruth an offer he just could not refuse. In addition to the plum job of Group CEO, Electrocomponents must have given Ruth a substantial package to engineer his departure from Future Electronics Inc. But now that the negotiations are over Ruth must soon face the onerous task of fortifying…

Price Cuts Shake Up LED Hierarchy

Declining prices are always a good news/bad news scenario in the electronics components industry. Buyers win when prices dip, but vendors have a hard time meeting revenue and profit goals. After experiencing a fall to the bottom and a price slump in LED during 2012-2013, quite a few LED enterprises have been forced to go…

Freescale/NXP Merger a Positive For Purchasing

Mergers always create some uncertainty in the supply chain. When two suppliers come together, such as  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd., it’s usually a positive for buyers. Instead of dealing with two vendors, purchasing is now dealing with one. The same is true for distribution partners – most of the time.…