A Materials Planning Case Study, Part 1

Long replenishment cycles and purchasing restrictions are a constant challenge in demand planning. Add volatility to the mix, and companies find they are either overstocked or not ready for delivery. “Gremlin Electronics Inc.” (name changed for confidentiality reasons) sought an automated solution to manage both planning and delivery. UK-based Gremlin Electronics is one of Europe's…

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RIM Shedding Jobs

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is the latest electronics company to announce job cuts. Businesses across the industry are striving to increase profitability, but the stakes are even higher for RIM. The BlackBerry maker is seeking to stem losses and regain the edge it once had in the mobile communications market. After a series…

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Digi-Key Corporation & Anaren Sign Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement with Anaren (Nasdaq: Anen) and will distribute Anaren’s Integrated Radio (AIR) modules. Anaren is a major innovator…

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Qualcomm Acquires Summit Microelectronics

SAN DIEGO — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has acquired Summit Microelectronics (Summit), a leading developer and provider of programmable power integrated circuits based in Sunnyvale, CA. Qualcomm's power management roadmap will be significantly enhanced with the addition of Summit's expertise and products. As a result of the acquisition, Qualcomm will be…

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RIM, EMS Partner ‘Winding Down’ Relationship

The EMS provider {complink 987|Celestica Inc.} has announced it is winding down its manufacturing relationship with {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)}, the struggling maker of the BlackBerry. Celestica said that the restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million, and that disengaging with RIM will take three to six months. Celestica gave no indication which…

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FedEx Latest to Cut Costs

Today FedEx joined a growing list of companies that have announced plans to cut costs in response to lower-than-expected earnings. (See: The Stupid Futility of Cost Cutting and Triple Whammy in the PC Arena.) Though revenue for FedEx's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended in May, rose to $11 billion from $10.6 billion a year earlier,…

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Avnet Introduces Touch Kit

SAN ANTONIO — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduced today the i.MX53 Quick Start Break-Out with 7-inch LCD and PCAP (Projected Capacitive) Touch Kit. This kit builds upon the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start board, a low-cost, open source development platform that integrates an ARM® Cortex™-A8 2GHz processor with…

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