The Power and Reach of Distribution

Component distributors are the closest thing the electronics industry has to Superman. That’s backed up by too many facts to be considered flattery. They do all the traditional things their group nomenclature – distributors – connotes but also much more. In fact, the largest distributors perform so many varied services for their customers (OEMs, EMS…

Apple Shortchanged Everyone on iPhone Memory

The design decisions of mega-OEMs like Apple Inc. can impact everyone in the electronics industry supply chain. Apple missed an opportunity to better serve its customers and suppliers when it did not increase the storage capacity of its entry-level smartphones in the latest update announced this week. Leaving the basic iPhone 6S and 6S-Plus with…

Don’t Bet Against Conflict Minerals Regulation

You couldn’t find a more Pyrrhic victory. A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act violates the First Amendment rights of manufacturing companies. The ruling, in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, (NAM) means enterprises cannot be compelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission…

Flextronics Opts for More Supply Chain Intelligence

Flextronics International Ltd. gets it. Accurate and useful information is at the heart of everything enterprises do. Without it success may never arrive and if it does, it will be fleeting. That’s why the company has recently launched a software-based program to generate and share information about a variety of market issues with customers and…

Intel and President Renee James Should Part Ways Now

Intel Corp. has a reputation for doing things “neatly” – as in orderly and methodical. It also makes “neat” things – as in “cool” products that drive great technological advancements. Nothing is “neat” about the recently announced departure of its president Renee James and the move is not being handled “neatly” by the management, either.…