Nokia Hit Hard by India Tax Fine

While casually browsing online magazines over the weekend, I came across an article that nearly made me spill my coffee on my keyboard. According to the Register, India has knocked on the door and asked {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} for 30 billion rupees (nearly $545 million) for irregularities related to tax matters. Nokia says it is…

Why PCs Aren’t Selling

I finally understand some the hype around tablet devices. I gave a tablet and received one during the holidays and I’ve been attached at the hip with mine ever since. However, hour for hour, I still spend more time at and do more with my PC and use the tablet as a supplement. Between setting…

Are Spreadsheets Wreaking Havoc on Your Profit?

The iPhone. Google Glass. OLED TVs. The technology industry is constantly pushing the boundaries of its products and capabilities while creating new ways to do business. But for all their wizardry, many of these same technology companies are managing their revenue as if they’re back in the 1990s. Efficient and effective agreement and promotional programs…

E-Waste: Not Easy at All

As I was waiting in line at a retailer last month to pick up a new laptop and tablet, I noticed a number of people standing around dollies loaded with old, dusty CRT TVs. They waited patiently — even longer than I waited for my new electronics. Since I did not see any notices of…

Economic Humpty Dumpty

Just because the US Congress has finally agreed on a bill to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” doesn't mean the economy is out of danger or that industries like the electronics and high-tech markets aren't still in jeopardy from the underlying problems that created the months-long nightmare. In other words, Congress jumped over the “fiscal…

$516M Acquisition Positions Belden for Growth Surge

Today the cable connector supplier {complink 9647|Belden Inc.} announced plans to purchase the privately held PPC Inc. for $516 million. The deal is expected to accelerate Belden's transformation into a major player in the connectivity, networking, and signal transmission markets. The transaction is expected to propel Belden into new market segments, including the information and…

Avnet Names Kevin Moriarty CFO

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has named Kevin Moriarty as Avnet Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 2, 2013. As announced in April, Avnet’s current Chief Financial Officer Ray Sadowski will be retiring from his position after 20 years as CFO. Moriarty was selected to succeed…

Where Are the Chinese Buyers?

This past month, I have been researching the economic news about China as it relates to supply chain issues. In some ways, I feel like a doctor who has been examining a patient for general health concerns, chronic illnesses, and even potential fatal disorders, as evidenced by the surfacing symptoms over time. I cannot X-ray…