OEMs Should Commit to Inventory During Component Shortages

The causes, effects and implications of “The Great Component Shortage of 2018” have been thoroughly analyzed. The automotive and IoT industries have been driving unprecedented demand for smaller and more efficient passive electronics, which in turn has stretched lead times for these once- commoditized components to the breaking point. What hasn’t been discussed, however, is the equal…

Big Data Will Drive Logistics Transformation

Technology plays a big role in innovation and differentiation in logistics, according to a new report from eft. Investments in business intelligence and predictive analytics, in particular, have grown in importance in the logistics industry, as digital transformation spreads across industries to leverage opportunities in digital data. The growing role of technology in the logistics…

Russia Scam Spotlights Technology Export Control

It reads like a spy novel. A dual U.S.-Russian citizen admitted to operating as an unauthorized agent of the Russian government and exporting leading-edge semiconductors for use by Russia’s military, Reuters reported. Alexander Fishenko, founder of Arc Electronics Inc., was among 11 people charged in 2012 in connection with what authorities said was an elaborate…

Can Big Data Solve the Counterfeiting Problem?

The electronics supply chain has been trying almost from its inception to prevent or weed out counterfeit components. Solutions to date include marking components with a unique identifier and procuring parts only through authorized channels. But several companies in recent months have suggested that following the data generated by a component’s manufacturing, test, QC and…

Supply Chain Strategies for ‘Industry 4.0’

Visibility. Agility. Efficiency. Networking. All of these attributes apply to today’s electronics supply chain. Since the memorable component-inventory glut of 2001, the electronics industry has applied both tools and processes to improve inventory management, share meaningful data, reduce costs and keep partners connected. Few experts would claim, however, that there’s no room for improvement. The…

How to Improve the Supply Chain with KPIs and Big Data

Successful supply chains measure key performance indicators (KPIs) to determine how well their organizations are performing to drive operational excellence, and have “open and honest” relationships with their suppliers and customers, according to a new report released by ASQ. “Supply chain KPIs must be in line with the goals of your customers and that businesses need…