Supply Chain Feels Price & Delivery Impact of Harvey

An already-tight electronics supply chain will get squeezed even more thanks to the negative effects of Hurricane Harvey. Even as a second hurricane was bearing down on the U.S., domestic manufacturers were preparing for prices and deliveries to be significantly impacted over the next three months. Hurricane Harvey struck a significant blow to the Houston,…

Purchasing Execs Bullish on 2017

Purchasing and supply management executives expect they’ll be buying more from their suppliers next year as the U.S. economy continues the recovery that began in 2009. More than two-thirds – 67 percent — of manufacturing respondents to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Semiannual Economic Forecast expect their 2017 revenue will exceed 2016’s. The ISM’s…

A Year in Distribution: America II Looks Back and Ahead

In terms of the general global economy in 2016 it’s hard to identify many coherent overall trends. The broad economic picture has felt fairly flat as reported by most industry associations, with neither astronomic growth nor considerable decline. While there have been minor ups and downs, concerns around major slowdowns in the US, Asia and…

U.S. Manufacturing Slides For Third Straight Month

The nation’s leading production index fell for the third consecutive month in September, reflecting ongoing uncertainty across manufacturing industries about the global economy. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI declined to 50.2 percent in September, its lowest point since December of 2012. The PMI is hovering just above the point of contraction: a reading above…