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Supply Chain More Optimistic About Q2 Component Demand

Industry experts polled in April were slightly more optimistic about electronic component demand, bookings and order cancellations than they were in March. Of roughly 20,000 global respondents to Technology Partners Consultants’ April survey, 29 percent expect a better Q2, versus 23 percent the prior month. “Based on our survey results and conversations with various supply…

Tariffs: Will the Electronics Industry get What it Needs?

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles examining the impact of tariffs — positive and negative–on the electronics industry. For political pundits, the United States government’s tariff strategy is about political leverage. For electronics OEMs, however, tariffs are about business. “As a United States patron, I look at it through the lens of…

Can High-Tech Solve its own Counterfeit Electronics Problem?

The electronics industry has developed some of the most ground-breaking technologies in human history. Yet, the best minds in high-tech have been unable to overcome one of the industry’s most insidious challenges: counterfeit electronics. To some extent, technology advancements have only added to the problem: electronic components can now be cloned so well that they…

digital transformation, supply chain, predictions

10 Global Supply Chain Predictions for 2019

The electronics supply chain, for the past year, has been marked by component shortages, lead-time extensions and tariff uncertainties. Nevertheless, it’s been a good year for component manufacturers and distributors—many of which have reported record quarterly sales during 2018. In 2019, IDC projects, the supply chain writ large is poised to transition from a cost…

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TrueCommerce Levels the EDI Playing Field For Small Businesses

Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been a staple of the electronics supply chain for decades. EDI links are used between component makers, distributors and end-customers to share data crucial to managing the supply chain—price, orders, lead times, availability, transaction records, replenishment signals and more. Historically, though, these links have been customized, meaning partners essentially had…

‘Business as Usual’ For Microchip/Microsemi Distributors

Microchip Technology Inc.’s $10.1 billion acquisition of Microsemi Corp. will not have a short-term impact on the suppliers’ distribution relationships, Microchip chairman and CEO Steve Sanghi told analysts last week. Microchip conducts business with many of Microsemi’s distributors, he added, and post-merger channel relationships will be jointly evaluated after the deal is closed. For the…