Severe DRAM Allocation? Reality Suggests Differently

Spot prices for DRAMs have shot up 19 percent since a recent fire at a SK Hynix plant in China halted production at the industry’s second-largest memory supplier’s facility but fears of “allocation” – one of the most dreaded words in the purchasing community – will eventually prove unfounded. The SK Hynix plant shutdown sparked…

Memory on Allocation at America II

It has been years since the “A” word – allocation – has been used in association with a widely-used commodity component. On Friday, however, one of the industry’s largest independent distributors, America II Electronics, announced it was putting its memory inventory on allocation. The move is related to the recent fire at the SK Hynix…

Web Down! Surviving the Inconceivable Supply Chain Disaster

Site down isn’t just a problem for the likes of the New York Times and other media outlets that have ticked off a despot somewhere in the world. An onslaught of “denial-of-service” attacks in segments of the economy that have heavily embraced e-commerce and other online process management functions could spell disaster and trigger massive…

Poor Data Clouds Supply Chain Visibility

My perspective on supply chain comes with a strong semiconductor technology bias, a partiality for supply management and an appreciation of operations with the processes that surround it. Coming from the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, I have seen the need for innovation, quality and cost management. Being an engineer, I like data; having worked in…

PRD: Where Engineering Meets Purchasing

At the beginning of every engineering project, certain items of information must be known. It is this very early stage of product development that determines what material and human resources will be required to go forward with the design and ultimately produce the final product. One of the first documents to be referenced may be…

What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…