manufacturing, factories, ISM, US factories

Electronics Leads August’s Red-Hot Factory Activity

Following a slight cool-down period in July, the nation’s factory activity is running hot. The Institute for Supply Management’s domestic production index, the PMI, grew by 3.2 percentage points to reach 61.3 in August. Any number above 50 indicates expansion. Moreover, the ISM’s leading sub-indexes, new orders and production, surged. New orders registered 65.1 percent, an…

counterfiets, electronics, components

Counterfeit Reports Fell in 2017; 2018 Trend Unclear

Incidents of counterfeit electronic components dropped dramatically in 2017, according to ERAI Inc., a global organization that monitors, investigates, and reports issues affecting the supply chain. ERAI reported a total of 771 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts in 2017, which shows a marked decline from prior years. The organization is cautious, however, about drawing too…

distributors

Amazon.com is Not Out to Get You (But That Doesn’t Mean it Won’t)

My colleague Bolaji Ojo eloquently outlined the impact Amazon.com is having on the world of electronics. I agree with Bolaji’s analysis 100 percent. But much of the coverage of Amazon in the electronics trade press – including EPSNews – implies that Amazon.com is intentionally targeting the electronics distribution industry. That’s simply not true. Amazon is targeting any market…

ADI, Arrow, channel realignment

Will ADI & Arrow Deal Prompt More Channel Realignment?

Analog Devices Inc.’s realignment of its channel strategy has implications beyond the companies directly involved — ADI and acquisition Linear Technology; and distributors Arrow Electronics Inc. and Avnet Inc. ADI’s move could prompt other semiconductor companies to reconsider their distribution options. A distributor’s supplier roster works a bit like a sports team. If the five-time Super…

What Distributors Really Think about Amazon Business

Amazon Business, the B2B unit of Amazon.com, attended this year’s EDS conference for component manufacturers, distributors, and manufacturers’ representatives for the first time, driving a few distributors to tackle the issue of channel disruptors. Clearly, e-tailers like Amazon Business and Alibaba are a concern to the distribution channel as they directly compete with them. Authorized…