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IoT Will Bring Growth, But Also Price Pressure

For hardware and component vendors, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents the opportunity to sell lots of parts — particularly sensors – to OEMs. But as several research firms point out, the IoT won’t do anyone much good without the ability to communicate and measure the data that’s being produced by smart machines. “IoT devices…

Mixed Quarter Looms For IP&E Suppliers

Most IP&E suppliers had a solid September quarter, with many companies reporting higher sales and earnings year over year. While that momentum is thrusting some suppliers into a strong December quarter and end to 2014, other suppliers are more cautious, citing currency fluctuations, lower distributor sales, the effects of previous restructuring efforts, and uncertain economic and…

Display Market in Flux, Researchers Say

Although thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) technology still leads the display market, demand for the panels has been diminishing for a while. One research firm predicts the TFT LCD market will reach its peak next year while another researcher says larger-size TFT LCD displays may have some life in them yet. RnRMarketResearch.com reports the…

Combo Sensors Set For Surge

Sensors are a key component in driving the Internet of Things (IoT), which in turn will drive phenomenal growth in the electronics components market for the foreseeable future. Sensor technology continues to evolve, and sensors that measure more than one input—heat, light, liquid, motion etc.– on a single device are poised to soon overtake discrete…

Supply Chain Requires Greater CEO Involvement: McKinsey

Rising complexity in supply chain operations combined with its growing role in assuring enterprise profitability means executives up to the CEO level should devote more attention to this part of corporate operations, according to a research report. As risks pile up in supply chain operations globally, companies are being forced to continually reinvent their systems…

Distribution Grapples with Marketing Dilemma

November is a pressure packed month for distribution marketing executives. So much is expected of them by top executives who want a marketing plan for the year ahead with costs firmly determined and goals/objectives clearly outlined. The bosses want a marketing plan that is fresh (very, very new), robust, comprehensive, perhaps unorthodox (very out of…

Top 10 Steps to Avoid Product Recall

A product recall is tantamount to a kiss of death in certain segments of the economy, especially for food and other agricultural products. Not so much in other areas such as in the automotive market where manufacturers, led by General Motors, have this year recalled millions of vehicles. The electronics industry falls somewhere in between…

Top Semiconductor Suppliers to Record Double-Digit Growth

Nine of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are expected to record double-digit growth in 2014, according to a preview of the IC Insights 2014 McClean Report. The Top 25 semiconductor supplier report reveals that sales at TSMC, MediaTek, and SK Hynix are each expected to increase by more than 20 percent in 2014. The Semiconductor Industry…

Future Plans $10M Expansion of Memphis Distribution Center

Future Electronics Inc. plans to spend an additional $10 million to expand services at its state-of-the-art Memphis areas distribution center as part of plans to enhance offerings at the 10-year old facility, according to company executives. The increased investment at the facility, which employs about 300 workers, was announced earlier this month at a celebration…