blockchain, recycling

Monitoring Supply Chain Risks With a Multi-Tier Approach

While the traditional supply chain does exist — a chain of suppliers, distributors and customers all linked together linearly — the reality is that most supply chains are multi-tier. For the uninitiated, this means they are multiple single-level collaborations linked or stacked within a seamless chain. There are many benefits to building a multi-tier supply…


Covid-19. factory activity, reshore, rightshore

U.S. Manufacturing Closes 2020 on a High Note

U.S. manufacturing activity in December surged to its highest level in more than two years despite supply chain disruptions and Covid-19-related employment constraints. The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing index, the PMI, reached 60.7 last month, an increase of 3.2 percent from its November reading. Any reading above 50 indicates manufacturing expansion. The tech industry…


Arrow Names Sean Kerins as COO

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (ARW) announced that Sean J. Kerins has been named the company’s chief operating officer. He will continue to report to Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. Previously, Mr. Kerins served as president of Arrow’s global enterprise computing solutions business since 2014. Prior to that, he was president of the North American region for the…


Prices of NAND Flash Controller ICs Poised to Rise by 15%-20%

In the upstream semiconductor industry, the major foundries such as TSMC and UMC are reporting fully loaded capacities, while in the downstream, the available production capacity for OSAT is also lacking, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations. Given this situation, suppliers of NAND Flash controller ICs such as Phison and Silicon Motion are now unable to…


Avnet Closes Chapter on TI; Doubles Down on Digital

On December 31, Texas Instruments Inc. and Avnet Inc.  formally end their 40-year distribution relationship. Avnet’s success in replacing that business  – estimated at 10 percent of Avnet’s sales — will be evident in the future, said Phil Gallagher, who was named Avnet’s CEO on November 23. Avnet’s fiscal 2020 sales reached $17.6 billion. TI…