How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Prepping the Supply Chain for Internet of Everything

The current estimates for how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the global economy runs into trillions of dollars. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), expects “50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020” and says the activities related to IoT would could amount to $19 trillion “in value” for enterprises and…

Chenbro Expands Joint Development Initiative

Enclosure solutions can make or break computer performance, and, for the past three decades, leading enclosure solution provider Chenbro has been partnering with the industry’s leading OEMs and ODMs for customized solutions with end user needs in mind. Now, Chenbro is expanding its joint development manufacturing initiative to include system integrators and solution providers who are…

5BARz Partners With Flextronics

5BARz International, Inc. (OTCQB: BARZ), (www.5BARz.com) (“5BARz” or “the Company”) a technology leader in the cellular network extender industry, today announced that it has selected Flextronics (FLEX) as its supply chain solutions and manufacturing partner for the 5BARz Network Extender, an innovative device, which provides improved cellular signals to deliver high quality signals for voice,…

ISM: Purchasing Indexes Rebound

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)…

Supply Chain Shakes Off Winter Fatigue

After a seemingly interminable winter, manufacturing indexes are finally shaking off the effects of a record cold snap in the U.S. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, a leading index of purchasing managers, inched up a bit in March to 53.7 percent. More importantly, the ISM production index, which fell dramatically since the beginning of…

Jabil Posts Loss in Q2

Today Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), announced preliminary, unaudited financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2014. As a result of the anticipated sale of Jabil’s aftermarket services business, this business is reported as “discontinued operations” in the unaudited financial results for all periods presented. The company reported second quarter revenue of $3.6…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

Combo Devices to Drive Inertial MEMS Sensor Growth

Lyon, France – Inertial sensors represent the largest MEMS market, accounting for more than $3.5 billion in 2012, according to Yole Développement and System Plus Consulting. A new report from the research firms finds that combination devices including accelerometer/gyroscope combos, e-compass and 9-axis sensors will drive future growth as standalone inertial devices (1- to 3-axis accelerometers,…

HSBC: U.S. Technology Will Lead Export Growth

It might be hard to reconcile U.S. export optimism against  factors such as offshoring, but HSBC finds trade optimism among U.S. business leaders is at an all-time high. Moreover, according to HSBC analysis,  the U.S. is positioned to retain its dominance as a global technology export leader, including in industrial machinery, for the next  20…