Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

Infor Enhances Supply Chain Forecasting

New York, N.Y. – Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced Infor Demand+, a new application designed to help simplify and accelerate supply chain forecasting processes. Infor’s next-generation demand planning application leverages a modern intuitive planning experience combined with the latest Infor technology. Infor Demand+ is designed to help provide a more comprehensive picture of future…

IC Vendors: Is It Time for a Change in Sales Strategy

Gartner thinks so. The market research firm is advocating a sales strategy change at semiconductor companies as a way to achieve faster and more stable growth. Gartner recommends that semiconductor companies focus on a large number of smaller companies instead of big deals from larger ones. One of the big reasons: startups and small electronics companies…

Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

Employees Top Sources of Supply Chain Fraud Risk

In the context of the supply chain, the term “fraud” could mean many things: intentional financial errors; misrepresented inventory levels or outright fake products. More than one quarter (28.9 percent) of supply chain professionals polled by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said their organizations experienced supply chain fraud, waste or abuse during the past 12 months.…

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Does Anyone Really Buy Electronics Based on Green?

One of the difficulties of environmental policies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices is measuring a return on investment (ROI). When such ideas are first pitched, the encouragement for compliance is more about the money you’ll avoid spending on things such as fines than on the rewards you will reap. Some policies, such as RoHS,…

Fox Expands Oscillator Stock

Fort Myers, Fla. – Fox Electronics, a leading global supplier of frequency control solutions and an IDT company, has greatly expanded its line of off-the-shelf 3.3V crystal oscillators (XO) available directly from its distributors.  The stocked options now include standard packages offered in several different frequencies and in sizes down to 2.0 mm x 1.6 mm.…