Slower Growth in China Sparks M&A Trend

Like other segments in China, the country's semiconductor distribution industry is today growing more slowly than in previous years. The Chinese semiconductor distribution market has entered “the era of slow growth,” according to an IHS iSuppli report. The firm forecasts that the compound annual growth rate of China's distribution sales between 2012 and 2016 will…

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Defending Contract Management in 2013 Budgets

Budgets for 2013 are under tough scrutiny, and procurement teams are defending how each technology, including contract management systems, impacts the bottom line and overall business strategy. At first glance, someone outside of the sourcing department may think that contract management is only about automation and reducing administrative burden. However, here are three new ways…

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The Romney Tax Plan in Short Form

Among the myriad dubious claims associated with last week's first presidential debate was that Republican candidate Mitt Romney's “tax plan” is too mathematically complicated and too conceptually abstruse to explain to ordinary voters in the mere 90 minutes of TV time (about a half-hour longer than Bill Clinton's entire speech at the Democratic convention) allotted…

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How the Internet Burns & Saves Energy

Most of us hardly think of the energy consumption associated with browsing the Internet, and it's true that one individual's contribution to that consumption is small. However, the sum of the world's Internet usage has a huge impact on carbon emissions, and it's this “hidden sum” that prevents us from seeing the real picture. When…

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Murata Expands in Americas

ATLANTA, GA – Murata Manufacturing Company Ltd. continues its impressive advancement toward globalization. Expansion of manufacturing capacity outside Japan will continue in 2013. Recent acquisitions of RFM and VTI offer significant customer benefits, such as enhanced product development and manufacturing capabilities, expertise in new markets and access to the Murata global supply chain. Innovation in…

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How Good Is Your Supplier Data?

Unlike decades ago when supplier information gathering was limited to phone calls, face-to-face meetings, and some clunky back-end enterprise management tool, procurement managers now have many different ways to keep tabs on suppliers. Today, in addition to Web-based ERP and MRP platforms and email, purchasers can get information from Web search engines like Google or…

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Star TRECs for the Supply Chain

I just returned from a two-week vacation in which I had to engage several airlines to get to my destination. I noticed something has changed with the Transportation Security Administration people. They did not ask if I had left my baggage unattended or if it was ever out of my sight. In the past, if…

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