Merger Mania and the Future of the Semiconductor Landscape

If there’s an example of positive impacts of consolidation on a market, the past few years in the memory sector could well be that example. I have to admit, as a general rule, I’m leery of waves of M&A that push sectors toward oligopolies. Along this vein, I confess to having been concerned during the…

What Mouser ‘s Global Team Learns from its Local Ground Game

E-commerce has effectively demolished the geographic boundaries that used to limit electronics procurement through the distribution channel. Component suppliers authorized distributors to sell their brands in geographic markets to avoid over-distribution and linecard conflicts. The first time a distributor offered all of its brands internationally online tested those boundaries. The supply chain found that expanding…

U.S. Manufacturing: March Madness

Following six consecutive months of contraction, the U.S. manufacturing industry increased in March by a healthy 2.3 percentage points on the nation’s leading index. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) PMI reached 51.8 percent from the February reading of 49.5. Any number above 50 indicates growth. The PMI is riding high on an increase in…

Procurement Execs Tighten Their Belts

U.S. manufacturing has been on a bumpy ride for the last five months: The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)  has reported industry contraction since October 2015. The pace of contraction slowed a bit in February and is inching closer to a level of 50.0, the demarcation line between growth and contraction on the ISM index.…

IMP: Turning Inventory Liability into Higher Value Asset

Excess inventory is a blight on the electronics industry, a seemingly unending and expensive drain on resources at manufacturers and component suppliers. Nearly two decades after one of the most savage downturns in the history of the industry, though, a supply chain management services provider says it has figured out a better way for reducing…

Benchmarking: It Assures Better Pricing

Over the 4 years since Lytica Inc. launched our electronic component benchmarking tool set, we’ve concluded there are 4 reasons why companies don’t benchmark their electronic component expenses for competitiveness. There are assumed to be four reasons why companies don’t benchmark component prices. These are: Comfortable with the status quo Believe they are getting great/better…

Do OLEDs Have a Future in Solid State Lighting?

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology holds a lot of promise for mobile devices which are only going to proliferate in both the business and consumer markets. OLED, which is used for displays, uses very little power, can be applied to flexible substrates such as plastic, doesn’t wash out in bright sunlight and needs no…

ZTE Ban Weighs on Electronics Supply Chain

ZTE Corp. was the primary target but a decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce restricting the sale of electronics components to the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer is reverberating throughout the industry. Executives at component suppliers, distributors and OEMs said they are monitoring the situation and have implemented further supply chain vetting actions to avoid…