Social Lurking Won’t Grow Your Business

I wrote previously about the opportunities companies within the logistics and supply chain industries can realize through social listening. I cautioned that to reap the benefits and seize the opportunities afforded by social media, companies need to use the information and intelligence gathered. Using the information and intelligence gathered is essential. There is; however, another…

Buyers Upbeat on Business Outlook for 2014

Although the pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector cooled down a bit in September, the industry topped off its third consecutive quarter of expansion that month. One of the nation’s leading indexes, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, decreased in September by 2.4 percentage points to 56.6 percent. Nevertheless, said Bradley J. Holcomb,…

Study: Supply Chain Leaders Invest Heavily in Tech

Effectively reaching rapidly-developing emerging markets is often a challenge for businesses that require bricks as well as clicks. For example, unlike the travel industry – where an inventory of airline seats or hotel rooms is literally virtual – the electronics industry requires its inventory to stored and physically moved around the globe. Technology, of course, has…

Component Trends: A Little More Volatility in September

Lead times and prices in the electronics components industry saw a little more movement in September than in prior months, according to Avnet’s latest Market & Technology Trends report. Pricing of analog components, discretes, logic and memory inched up in the semiconductor market while in IP&E, only military interconnect prices increased. Lead times are increasing…

DRAM Prices Will Continue to Fall

Despite higher DRAM prices starting in the second quarter of 2014 due in part to a lack of capacity expansions and increased obstacles in transitioning to 2Xnm manufacturing, DRAM prices start to drop at the end of July, according to DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage research division of TrendForce. Prices are expected to continue downward…

Slow Adoption for ePassports

El Segundo, Calif. – Shipments of smart electronic passports (ePassports) will experience relatively weak growth over the next several years, despite their capability to address security concerns at airports and border crossings, according to IHS Technology. Global shipments of ePassports is expected to reach 175 million units in 2019, up from 113 million in 2013, which…

Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…