Future Wins ECIA ‘Best’ Award

Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, won top honors in the “Best Sales Tools – Sales Incentive Campaign” category and earned the distinction of “Best in Show” for its ST Car promotion during the advertising awards ceremony at the Electronic Components Industry Association’s Executive Conference held earlier this week in Chicago. The…

Reliance on Compliance: Evolving Industry Standards

The variety of product labeling standards set forth, or under consideration, by organizations such as the Electronics Components Industry Association (ECIA), Electronics Components Association (ECA), Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JDEC), Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), now part of TechAmerica, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) present additional labeling challenges.…

SAE Anti-Fake Rule Emphasizes the Channel

There are a number of problems associated with counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain, chief of which is the lack of agreement on a single standard for counterfeit prevention. However, the SAE, a global association of engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, recently published an international standard that focuses…

Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…

Anti-Counterfeit Training Available

One of the provisions of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS Case 2012-D055) rule regards the training of personnel in counterfeit-avoidance processes.  Although DFARS is targeted at contractors and subcontractors of the U.S. Department of Defense, the rule also specifies the flow-down of these techniques through all tiers of the supply chain. In the electronics…

Ruling Adds No Clarity To Conflict Minerals Law

One of the lesser-known facts about the Dodd-Frank Act (also known as the “conflict minerals” rule) is that the provision has been challenged in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit recently issued its ruling on a challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) regarding the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, according to…

Sager Adopts ECIA 2-D Barcoding

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is pleased to announce the implementation of its two-dimensional (2-D) barcoding guideline by Sager Electronics. The 2-D guideline was developed by the association’s Electronic Components Council (ECC), comprised of association member representatives working jointly to develop standards for best practices. Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of IP&E…

The Ugly Truth About Counterfeiting

Nothing has polarized the supply chain like counterfeiting. It has pitted segments of the industry against one another (distributors versus brokers) and more recently divided the channel into two camps: Pro-DNA and anti-DNA. Both of these debates center around proposed solutions to the counterfeit problem in the channel and both have spurred action. But these…