CA Opens Consumer Product Draft for Comment

Late last week, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) issued a formal draft (PDF) of its Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulation for comment. (See: Tracking Calif. Consumer Products Proposal.) The department will accept comments for 45 days. Similar in concept to the EU's REACH, the SCP regulation would require product manufacturers, importers, and…

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TI to Beef Up Cash With $1B Offering

{complink 5703|Texas Instruments Inc.} wants to add $1 billion to its war chest via a debt offering, and it may use some of the funds to strengthen itself for future acquisitions. The company said in a press release that it wants to use the net proceeds “for general corporate purposes which, among other things, could…

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Arrow Electronics Reports Q2 Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today reported second-quarter 2012 net income of $114.4 million, or $1.02 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $156.2 million, or $1.33 per share on a diluted basis in 2011. Excluding certain items in both 2012 and 2011 as described in the non-GAAP earnings…

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The Multiple Levers of Reverse Logistics

Since its inception, the supply chain has flowed in one direction: downstream toward the end-customer/OEM. As the electronics industry matured, a number of dynamics changed the flow of product: Returns move back up the channel; outsourcing has added new efficiencies (or bottlenecks) and excess inventory; and most recently, there are global demands that electronics manufacturers…

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Smartphones Drive Record Handset Shipment

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The worldwide mobile phone market grew 1% year over year in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q12), as Samsung and Apple shipped almost half of the world's smartphones. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped 406.0 million units in 2Q12 compared to 401.8 million units…

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Is Outsourcing Losing Its Appeal?

Vertical integration? Manufacturing in-house? The last few weeks I've been reading things that make me think I'm living in the 1980s. For more than 20 years now, the conventional wisdom has been that companies should focus on design and marketing and outsource the rest. This gave rise to a whole new electronics manufacturing industry. Indeed…

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My Fitbit Experiment: Week 2

I'm sitting here angrily munching on gingersnaps because the Fitbit dashboard makes me enter every single cookie separately. Or I could enter them by weight. How about I just round up to 10? Will that make you happy, Fitbit? Now I'm going to eat 10 gingersnap cookies to spite something. Probably myself. (See: My Fitbit…

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