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…

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.…

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3D Printing: A Unique Solution to EOL

My love-hate relationship with printers goes way back. I worked in several corporate offices during the 1980s when there was one printer on every floor and it wasn’t working 50 percent of the time. The only person who could load or fix the printer was an executive assistant who had more important things to do.…

U.S. Manufacturing Facing a Worker Shortage

Opponents of offshore manufacturing and immigration reform point to U.S. job losses as the main effect of these actions. Yet two studies released this week conclude the U.S. manufacturing industry is facing a drastic shortage of talent. The U.S. will require nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, and 2 million of those jobs are…

Customers Are Online. If You Aren’t, You Are at a Disadvantage

Buyers online. They are conducting research and gathering information so that they can make a purchase. Will your company show up when the buyer conducts an online search? If your company doesn’t rank on the first page of the search engine results it is unlikely that your company will be found by the buyer. (Page…

Developing Economies Want More IoT

If there is any limitation to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s that devices need an internet connection to function. Many parts of the world don’t have the level of connectivity that the U.S. and other developed nations enjoy. It’s possible, research suggests, that the appeal of the IoT will accelerate the rate of internet…