Manufacturing Contracts 4th Month in a Row

Manufacturing in the U.S. contracted for the fourth consecutive month in January, signaling what’s likely to be a slow climb back to growth for the early part of 2016. The nation’s leading manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 48.2 percent in January, increasing only 0.2 percent from its level of 48.0 in…

Manufacturing Takes Double Dip in December

Although the overall economy grew for the 79th consecutive month in December, the U.S. manufacturing industry contracted for the second consecutive month. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading manufacturing index, the PMI, declined by 0.4 percent from the November level to 48.2 percent. Any number below 50 indicates the industry is contracting. The data surprised…

Study: Offshore Suppliers Test Reshoring’s Benefits

Although the trend toward offshoring is believed to be driven by one factor—labor costs—there are dozens of other factors that impact the effectiveness of an offshore manufacturing strategy. One, of course, is the location of the end-customer. Another is the location of suppliers. Recent research suggests that efforts toward reshoring – i.e., bringing manufacturing back…

Seagate Moves to Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Seagate Technology has reinvented itself several times since its founding in 1979. Seagate is now the largest disk drive manufacturer in the world with $8 billion in revenue. It was also one of many of the disk drive suppliers that were impacted by devastating floods in Thailand in 2011. Although not directly a result of…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…