Supply Chain 2014: Avnet’s Analysis

The electronics supply chain of course hopes that demand for products will pick up in 2014. But components and systems are only part of the story. A well-managed supply chain can cut costs and help increase profits for global electronics companies. Avnet Inc. recently shared some insights on 2014 expectations for the supply chain. According…

Taiwan Manufacturing Grows on Export Hike

In Taiwan, manufacturing activities rose in December to their highest level in almost three years, closing 2013 with a bang and pointing to continuing expansion in one of the electronics industry’s key production areas. A report from HSBC and Markit today said the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Taiwan surged to 55.2 in December,…

Alliance to Drive Supply Chain Risk Management

Santa Clara, Calif. – Resilinc, a provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, and KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, have formed an alliance to help clients change their approach to supply chain risk management. A recent study conducted by Resilinc indicates that many large organizations are not aware of the risks involved…

Becoming & Staying a Leader: the Agilent Way

Although the company announced the split in September, the Board and senior management team at Agilent Technologies impress me for giving their shareholders and employees such a great Christmas gift. As announced, this great company will split into two separate units; one focused on life sciences and the other on test and measurement.  I like…

PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into China

The electronics industry’s expansion into China is far from complete. Companies that did not join the mass migration to the low -cost region in its initial phases have kept a close eye on the market. One of those companies is highly-specialized distributor PEI-Genesis Inc., which has decided it’s time to look at China from the…

Purchasing Must Watch Book-to-Bill Ratio

This morning I was thinking about purchasing as a pivotal supply chain component and how critil this department is to the economic welfare of both manufacturers and distributors. We are used to expressing the supply chain economics in terms of ratios like “book-to-bill” or “order-to fulfillment.” Book-to-bill is a very telling ratio. If over a…

The Ugly Truth About Counterfeiting

Nothing has polarized the supply chain like counterfeiting. It has pitted segments of the industry against one another (distributors versus brokers) and more recently divided the channel into two camps: Pro-DNA and anti-DNA. Both of these debates center around proposed solutions to the counterfeit problem in the channel and both have spurred action. But these…