Distributors Weigh Tough Talk with Customers

Now that all the “shift happens” puns are done, what is the take-away from the ECIA Executive Conference that was held in Chicago a few weeks ago? One message rang loud and clear: “There were a number of examples of companies that didn’t change with the market and they went out of business,” Chris Beeson,…

ON Semi, DHL Expand Logistics Capabilites in Japan

Electronics companies are increasingly partnering with logistics providers to improve delivery services and  assist in supply chain management. ON Semiconductor this week announced it has opened a new global distribution hub located in Narita, Japan,  in partnership with DHL. The Japan Global Distribution Center is more than ten times bigger than the old facility,  ON said in a…

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DNA Marking Roils Anti-Counterfeit Camp

No matter what the supply chain has done to thwart counterfeit components, bogus parts continue to creep into the channel. The latest effort to stop counterfeiting – by marking components with a unique identifier made out of plant DNA – is not being embraced by all members of the supply chain, including some of its…

Shutdown Has Little Impact on Manufacturing

The recent shutdown by the U.S. government did not appear to have an effect on domestic manufacturing activity, according to the nation’s supply executives. A leading indicator of economic growth, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), increased for the fifth straight month to reach 56.4 percent.  A PMI reading above 50 percent…

Flextronics Wins HP Brazil Contract

Flextronics International Ltd. said it has signed a contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide design chain, manufacturing and other supply chain management services in Brazil to support the company’s printing and personal systems business in the South American country. Under the terms of the agreement, Flextronics is expected to offer a wide range of services…

Distribution: Some Policies No Longer Work

One charter of a trade association is to examine and if possible rectify industry policies and practices that don’t make sense for its members. But there are several issues in the electronics supply chain over which members of the same trade association may never see eye-to-eye. Distributors and suppliers – both members of Electronics Components…

How Digi-Key Manages Expansion

Leading low-volume high-mix distributor Digi-Key Corp. is gradually expanding into the prototype and low-volume production business. In  Digi-Key Ventures Deeper into Supply Chain,  Electronics Purchasing Strategies managing editor Barbara Jorgensen spoke with Dave Doherty, vice president of Global Supplier and Product Operations for Digi-Key, to find out how Digi-Key is managing this growing venture. In the second part…