Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…

Why is Distribution Outperforming Suppliers?

This past financial quarter has driven home the adage that business concentration among a few large customers has its downside.  For example, although Apple Inc. sold almost 48 billion iPhones in Q2, many of its suppliers – according to CNN and others – were “getting crushed:” Just look at Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which makes micro chips…

Managing Innovation and Innovating Management in Electronics

Managing innovation is not necessarily about product or component innovation – it is importantly also about knowing how to extend strategic models into new markets, whether geographic and/or business. Just as the semiconductor and electronics supply chain continues to diversify and penetrate more deeply into once niche markets (e.g., automotive, health and fitness, industrial automation,…

SEMI Applauds Trade Progress

SEMI has praised a plan to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and begin negotiations to finalize the deal.  Following a multiyear effort on behalf of global information and communication technology industries, a meaningful agreement now appears within reach, the organization said. SEMI (www.semi.org) worked with a host of industry and government officials in an…

Arrow Increases Stake in Mobility Device Management

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, which allows employees to use their personal cell phones, smartphones, tablets and laptops for business, has become a challenge for many corporations. While BYOD enables businesses to reduce the costs associated with providing hardware for their employees, securing those devices becomes expensive as companies try to find security…

Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…

Electronics Vendors still Caught in Inventory Trap

The electronics industry’s cyclical downturns and upcycles may have become less vicious over the last decade but it appears enterprises in the sector have still not fully sorted out the inventory challenges that have for long been the bane of the market, according to a research firm. Whatever the nature of the inventory – finished…