Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…

What Do Design Engineers Really Want?

Most components suppliers and distributors say they primarily target audience electronics design engineers. Executives at these companies say engineers are the most important customers they aim to serve. The desire to serve design engineers is not in doubt what’s uncertain is how well components vendors and distributors really know what these customers really want. Just…

How Does Cisco Manage Supply Chain Risk?

Cisco, the high-tech electronics manufacturer, has long been regarded by the business community as having one of the best supply chains in the industry. Cisco regards supply chain resilience as a core business challenge across the enterprise, not just a logistics problem. In its efforts to improve its resilience, the company  has gone from a…

Microchip Warns Customers to Prepare for Tight Supplies

Microchip Technology Inc. has alerted customers to possible component shortages as demand surge in multiple product segments, resulting in extended lead times and rising capacity constraints. Steve Sanghi, chairman, president and CEO of the semiconductor vendor, warned in a memo to customers that continued misalignment in orders at a time of rising demand and plant…

Resilinc Enhances Conflict Minerals Tool

Milpitas, Calif. – Resilinc Corp., a provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, has released a new version of its Resilinc Conflict Minerals Module that is focused on driving down the costs of reporting and increasing supplier participation rates across global supply chains. A key feature includes a supplier network-based approach that enables suppliers to publish CFSI templates once…

Engineering Supply Chain Resilience

This is the first of two excerpts from a newly published book titled “Supply Chain Risk: Understanding Emerging Threats to Global Supply Chains,” authored by John Manners-Bell. In “Supply Chain Risk,” Manners-Bell assesses the various sources of external threat to the supply chain, including environmental, geopolitical, economic and technological, and describes how to deal with them strategically. “It’s…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…

Cost Reduction is a Top Priority in the Supply Chain

There is no surprise that cost reductions top the high-tech supply chain executives ranking of the three biggest issues or projects for 2014, according to the Annual North American Hi-Tech & Electronics Report from eyefortransport. The survey of supply chain executives also reveals that the most effective strategies for reducing costs include improving internal efficiencies,…

Building Vendor Relationships in Electronics Distribution

A recent survey conducted by Electronic Purchasing Strategies revealed that electronic purchasing professionals spend an average of nearly 7 hours per week interacting or negotiating with vendors.  This was the most hours of any of one particular task. The survey also revealed contracting and maintaining vendor relationships as their primary job role.   Despite a society…

Component Suppliers Lag in Automotive Supply Chain

Electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked last among the six automotive segments – exterior, powertrain, interior, electrical, body and chassis – reviewed in PwC’s North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain study. While electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked first in gross profit margins, which suggests low raw material component costs, low-cost labor and lower-than-average total landed costs, said PwC,…