Why is Visibility so Difficult?

As semiconductors become scarce in 2021, companies in the electronics supply chain are seeking better visibility into long-term chip demand. Two research reports shed some light on why visibility, in general, is so hard to achieve. More than half the companies recently surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rely on their own data for…

Executive Order Clears Path to $37 Billion Chip Investment

President Biden on Wednesday signed, as expected, an executive order that paves the way for allocation of $37 billion federal government investment to address the chip supply shortfall. Industry reaction has been positive with both the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) immediately issuing statements showing relief that the…

Electronics Industry Welcomes Supply Chain Review

Unsurprisingly, the electronics industry is reacting favorably to President Biden’s executive order to review critical U.S. supply chains. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the United States’ dependence on foreign supplies including semiconductors and materials used in PPE, medical tests and pharmaceuticals. Reliance on foreign sources is not a new issue in electronics but tariffs, the China-U.S.…

Delivering a B2C Customer Experience in a B2B World

Customer experience matters more than ever because today’s consumers expect greater responsiveness in their daily lives. A much-quoted study by experience management services firm Walker Information predicted that by the end of 2020, customer experience will have overtaken price and product as the key brand differentiator. This reality also is reflected in expectations in the…

Sourcengine Integrates Quote and BOM Tools

Sourcengine, the electronic component industry’s leading e-commerce marketplace, today announced that it has integrated its ‘Quote It’ RFQ functionality with its BOM (Bill of Materials) Tool to simplify the component sourcing process for manufacturers and other purchasers. The integration of these two tools bridges the existing, negotiation-intensive purchasing process with the e-commerce-based future of component sourcing. “The…

Texas Snowstorms to Disrupt Electronics Supply Chain

The snowstorms in Texas have led to a 133-car pileup, nearly a half-million without power, and millions in the state under boil-water notices. The storms’ impact on semiconductor fabrication plants in the Lone Star state has also received attention. “The storm-related power outages in Texas could have a mind-blowing impact on fabs and, in turn,…

Japan Earthquake Impacts Supply Chain

On the evening of the 13th, an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred in the northeastern region of Japan, which affected the production of manufacturers such as Murata, Renesas, and Shin-Etsu, according to SemiMedia. Among them, Murata’s factories in Fukushima and Miyagi have suspended operations; Renesas estimates that it will take a week…

New Solutions for Common Supply Chain Challenges

The supply chain industry, for better or for worse, has been largely defined by its recent challenges and the ability of businesses to handle those challenges. From pandemic to vendor disruptions, managing a modern supply chain comes with its fair share of obstacles. Fortunately, however, strengthening your supply chain to withstand changes and challenges is…