women, electronics, leadership

Women in Electronics: Advocates for Professional Development

Non-profit advocacy group Women in Electronics (WE) was formed in 2017 to empower women through networking opportunities; develop them through a virtual leadership program; and celebrate their successes along the way. The organization recently wrapped up its third annual leadership conference and now has 300 members. Jackie Mattox, founder and president of WE and national…

Procurement Faces More Challenges Than Ever: Exclusive Report

Global procurement professionals are facing more challenges than ever — tariffs, trade wars, environmental regulations and patent/IP protection. Fortunately, they are up to the task. Worldwide, electronics purchasing managers have an average of 16 years on the job, according to EPSNews’/Aspencore’s first global procurement study. They work more than 40 hours a week; spend a…

manufacturing, index

Manufacturing Index Contracts for Third Straight Month

U.S. factory activity contracted for the third straight month in October as trade issues, the GM strike and global economic uncertainty plagued the market. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index registered 48.3 last month, up slightly from a 10-year low of 47.8 in September. New orders, employment and inventories all rose from September but…

visibility, supply chain

Supply Chain Visibility Solution Launched by Start-Up

End-to-end visibility remains elusive across the electronics supply chain as few solutions tick all the boxes for any complex organization. However, AI, IoT, the cloud and other technologies continue to drive advancement toward this goal. Intel Capital and WRVI Capital are among investors in CloudLeaf Inc., which recently launched its Digital Visibility Platform. The solution…

contraction, manufacturing, factories

U.S. Manufacturing Contracts for First Time in 3 Years

The nation’s leading factory index in August contracted for the first time in three years as new orders, production and employment all fell below 50 — the threshold between growth and contraction. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI dropped to 49.1 percent last month, its lowest reading since 2016. Business confidence has also declined as…

ECIA, distributors

Top Distributors Exit ECIA to Form Global Association

Three of the industry’s biggest distributors – Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Electrocomponents plc – have withdrawn from the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), marking an historic, structural change in the 9-year-old  trade organization. A new group, the Global Electronics Distributor Association (GEDA), will be formed within the next 90 days, according to an…

High Tech Weighs Risks & Rewards of Moving Beyond China

Country-of-origin adjustments can help U.S. high-tech companies minimize geographical risks and mitigate the impact of tariffs. But the strategy can be costly, complicated and risky; and a decision that’s not easily undone. Tariffs are not going to just disappear, market experts say. Even with a delay on certain Chinese-import tariffs, the likelihood of a cease…