SiliconExpert Launches Pricing Tool

SiliconExpert Technologies, the leading provider of electronic component management tools, officially introduces their Price Analytics Tool which normalizes and displays component level pricing data on an intuitive interface, allowing supply chain managers to easily compare, analyze and manage pricing data intelligently. OEMs with multiple distributors and contract manufacturers can now easily compare component level pricing…

Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that…

Lytica Unveils New Components Pricing Benchmark Report

Growing Ottawa based Supply Chain Analytics & Services company – Lytica Inc., announced Monday, the release of their new free BENCHMARK REPORT designed for companies that use electronic components within their products. “By uploading their costed BOM (Bill of Material) and AVL (approved vendor list) into Lytica’s secure website, a customer will receive a free…

Doing Business in Korea, Part 2

Smith & Associates – which is celebrating its 30th year in business this week — opened its office in Seoul in 2000. Although electronics behemoths such as Samsung, LG and Hynix are headquartered in Korea, Choon Byun, Smith’s president for Asia-Pacific, said relationships still matter when it gets down to buying and selling components. In…

Purchasing: Component Pricing Pressure Eases

Demand for electronic components is rising steadily and solidifying enough across all market segments that suppliers are beginning to hope they may soon be able to raise prices and improve their gross profit margins. Led by automotive, industrial and even segments of the consumer electronics market – smartphones and tablets – demand for components rose…

When it Comes to Reverse Logistics, Flexibility Matters

Logistics is logistics is logistics– right?  Wrong.  The direction the product is moving in the supply chain – forward or backward – makes a difference. Forward logistics, or the forward supply chain, is all about getting the product to market.  In contrast, reverse logistics, or the aftermarket supply chain, is inclusive of events that move…

US Manufacturing: 9.1% Growth Expected For 2014

A majority of U.S. manufacturing executives expect their sales will grow a little more than 9 percent for the rest of 2014, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s  semi-annual survey of purchasing and supply managers.  Of the 18 industries predicting growth, computer and electronics products fall a disappointing 12th on the list. Textile manufacturers…