A Low-Tech Remedy for Counterfeiting

The supply chain can throw all kinds of technology toward preventing and identifying counterfeit parts, but sometimes plain old word of mouth is the most effective strategy. Aimtec, a maker of switching power converters, issued a warning last week that counterfeit converters were being manufactured and sold in the global supply chain. In addition to…

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Search Engines Can Help With Demand Forecasting

Search engine optimization (SEO), a method used to increase Website page ranking on Google, Yahoo, and Bing, can provide purchasing managers much needed insight into demand for products and services. While forecasting demand has never been easy, SEO increases the intelligence of the supply chain by monitoring specific keyword terms and the geographic location where…

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Arrow Acquires the RF, Wireless & Power Division of Richardson Electronics, Ltd.

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Arrow will acquire all of the assets and operations of the RF, Wireless and Power Division of Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (“Richardson RFPD”). Richardson RFPD is a leading value-added global component distributor and provider of engineered solutions serving…

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After Supply Chain Transparency Comes What? Social Responsibility, Apparently

Electronic components without hazardous materials? Check. Factories that recycle water and reduce the carbon footprint? Check. Cargo protected against terrorist plots? Check. Confirmation that my supply chain and supply chain partners do not engage in slave labor or human trafficking? Huh? Yup. That could be a new job for high-tech supply chain executives, too. Although…

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Aimtec Warns of Counterfeit Converters

MONTREAL — Aimtec warns that counterfeit versions of its unique line of AC/DC converters are being manufactured and sold by unauthorized distributors to unsuspecting customers in various regions around the world. Easily identified by their unreasonably low resale price, Aimtec warns that the performance and reliability of these counterfeit products is questionable at best. Distinguishing…

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