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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Hurricane Sandy, Eat This!

As I sit here in Brooklyn, New York, awaiting the horrific onslaught of Hurricane Sandy as it roars up the Gulf Stream, takes aim at Atlantic City, and veers northward toward the Envy of Western Civilization, I feel a thrill. I know Sandy is already destined to go down in history as the Greatest, Most…

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When China Bites…

Let me start by completing the sentence in the headline. When China bites, sales decline, profits sag, and the future of a foreign enterprise in the country becomes fuzzy, its investment runs into significant jeopardy, and all the assumptions about the nation's potentials go haywire. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota are finding out how unpredictable China…

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