Manufacturing Pace Slides on China & Currency Woes

It’s difficult not to be concerned over recent economic indicators and the stock market’s roller coaster ride, but the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, notes that domestic production expanded in August for the 75th consecutive month. Unfortunately, that expansion was at the slowest rate the country has seen since May 2013. The…

Enterprise Labeling: A Defense Against Counterfeits Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discuss how counterfeit and obsolete electronics have been discovered in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft, causing serious security problems for the U.S. Department of Defense and its contractors. In Part 2 we ask What About the Commercial Supply Chain? The notion of a commercial supply chain laden…

Enterprise Labeling: A Defense Against Counterfeits Part 1

As a serious challenge to today’s global electronics supply chain, counterfeiting and gray market diversion of electronics components threaten the integrity of products for manufacturers. Counterfeits and obsolete electronics components contribute to dangerous business exposure for manufacturer’s customers, and compromise health and safety for consumers. Clearly, new solutions are needed to improve electronics supply chain…

Benchmarking & Analytics Aid Supply Chain Planning

Forecasting is one aspect of supply chain planning that executive constantly works at, but the goal of making accurate predictions is still elusive to many. One analyst recently forecast that in the second half of 2015 there will be more disruptions at West Coast ports as they deal with the backlog caused by previous strikes…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

Capturing market share away from one’s known competitors is a time-honored growth strategy for most businesses, particularly when the market is flat. But if a company is too focused on defending its turf, executives say,  it runs the risk of not seeing new competitors coming. Verical.com’s Chief Digital Officer and President Matt Anderson recently told Forbes magazine “… if…

Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…