Inventory & Pricing: What Gives?

I've been compiling a list of articles this week reporting increased prices throughout the supply chain. Due in large part to higher labor and materials costs, component and board makers have slowly been passing these costs on to end-users. (See: China Costs Prompt Price Hikes.) Then I see “Semiconductor Inventories Swell to Alarming Level” from…

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Have you ever watched a baseball game and seen three outfielders converge on a high fly ball, only to stand idly by while the ball falls to the ground between them? Too often, the electronics supply chain’s approach to risk management mirrors this scenario. Everybody knows something needs to be done, but in the end,…

Tablets vs. Textbooks: E-Text Use on the Rise

The use of electronics in university and college coursework is proliferating, according to a number of reports released this week. College students can save as much as $60 per title by using e-textbooks, reports digital course materials provider CourseSmart.com; and market researcher Simba Information forecasts e-texts will grow at a CAGR of 48.5 percent by…