Onshoring an Option for Electronics Industry

Between PRC spying, increasingly strategic IT, and costs rising towards levels that make US manufacturing competitive, more US manufacturers should consider onshore building of computers. Motorola recently announced phones that will be American-made. This reflects the erosion of overseas advantages that is reversing off-shoring. Apple, the poster child for Chinese manufacturing, is bringing back part…

IEMI Readies Its Anti-Counterfeit Plan

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, an association of semiconductor OEMs, claims to have new ways to keep counterfeit components out of your supply chain. If it doesn't, it won't be for lack of effort. First envisioned way back in 2011, the project called for companies to donate a small amount of staff time — about…

How to Overcome the 4 C’s in Global Technology Shipping

There are lots of challenges in the technology supply chain ranging from sourcing decisions to global supplier selection and from management to distribution planning, but one challenge we haven't talked about before in this column is international shipping. With 96 percent of consumers worldwide living outside of the US representing two-thirds of the world's purchasing…

Safeguards Fight Counterfeit Components

Despite the seeming tide of counterfeit components that have bombarded the electronics market in recent years, buyers are not helpless against the onslaught. As previously discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series, counterfeit methods are widely known, and education is half the battle in stopping them. Beyond this, however, the purchasing…