Conflict Minerals: Electronic Firms Aren’t Slacking on Compliance

The global marketing and analytics company IHS Corp. recently issued a press release titled “Vast Majority of Electronic Companies Not Yet Ready for U.S. Conflict Minerals Law.” IHS surveyed large electronic original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and found 90 percent haven't yet produced the necessary data, declarations, or documentation needed to fulfill regulatory requirements. Only 11.3…

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Arrogance & Hubris in Apple-Land

A UK court order to {complink 379|Apple Inc.} seemed simple and clear: Publish a statement saying {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.} did not copy Apple's design. Instead, Apple issued a rather tongue-in-cheek statement. This infuriated the UK Court of Appeal, which issued the order and has now asked the company to delete that statement and…

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Distributors Face Cost Issues Head-On

For all of the services the electronics supply chain can provide, the key emphasis for suppliers and customers remains cost. “Decreasing cost” is still the top priority for all denizens of the electronics industry. Within the past year, surveys from Gartner, UPS, and SCM World all list cost reduction as one of the top three…

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Supply Chain Strategy Alignment

Supply chains are often divided into make-to-order and make-to-stock segments, each having its own respective drivers; agility or efficiency. Alignment of supply chain strategy to organizational goals is crucial in optimizing benefits. For example, in a make-to-stock supply chain, where the strategic focus is on maximizing productivity by leveraging economies of scale, it would be…

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The Supply Chain Learns a Painful Lesson

The rise of the dotcom companies in the late 1990s brought both opportunity and disaster for the electronics supply chain. Suddenly, anyone with a computer and a modem could buy electronics components and sell them online. Companies that were able to procure excess inventory — parts that suppliers didn't need, EMS companies excess orders, and…

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