digital transformation, supply chain, predictions

10 Global Supply Chain Predictions for 2019

The electronics supply chain, for the past year, has been marked by component shortages, lead-time extensions and tariff uncertainties. Nevertheless, it’s been a good year for component manufacturers and distributors—many of which have reported record quarterly sales during 2018. In 2019, IDC projects, the supply chain writ large is poised to transition from a cost…

‘Business as Usual’ For Microchip/Microsemi Distributors

Microchip Technology Inc.’s $10.1 billion acquisition of Microsemi Corp. will not have a short-term impact on the suppliers’ distribution relationships, Microchip chairman and CEO Steve Sanghi told analysts last week. Microchip conducts business with many of Microsemi’s distributors, he added, and post-merger channel relationships will be jointly evaluated after the deal is closed. For the…

Gallagher Gauges Avnet’s Transformation

Phil Gallagher is optimistic about Avnet Inc. Following the announcement of the distributor’s fiscal Q2 earnings, the president of Avnet’s electronic components business assessed the company’s progress after a tumultuous 18 months. “We are making progress,” Gallagher said. “We are excited about where we are. We feel we are coming out the other side of a number…

What the EU’s Data Privacy Rule Means for the Supply Chain

Electronics supply chain professionals have more questions than answers when it comes to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The rule, which protects EU citizens from privacy and data breaches, is viewed as a b2c initiative rather than b2b. However, one expert warns that manufacturers and the supply chain should prepare for GDPR…

Sanmina Assesses Benefits of MES, IoT & the Cloud

Manufacturing was one of the first industries to grasp the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). The ability to wirelessly connect and manage multiple factories and machines provides almost infinite opportunities for cost-savings and efficiency. Global EMS provider Sanmina Corp., which has linked more the 25,000 pieces of manufacturing equipment, is beginning to quantify…