TE Adds Online Store as Part of its Digital Strategy

TE Connectivity, one of the largest and most diverse manufacturers of connectors, sensors and passive components, has expanded its purchasing, pricing, availability and delivery offerings via its TE Store. Although similar services are offered by TE distributors, TE’s chief eBusiness and digital officer Nitin Mathur said there is a large population of global users that…

inventory, component, shortages, EDX

OEMs Should Commit to Inventory During Component Shortages

The causes, effects and implications of “The Great Component Shortage of 2018” have been thoroughly analyzed. The automotive and IoT industries have been driving unprecedented demand for smaller and more efficient passive electronics, which in turn has stretched lead times for these once- commoditized components to the breaking point. What hasn’t been discussed, however, is the equal…

counterfiets, electronics, components

Counterfeit Reports Fell in 2017; 2018 Trend Unclear

Incidents of counterfeit electronic components dropped dramatically in 2017, according to ERAI Inc., a global organization that monitors, investigates, and reports issues affecting the supply chain. ERAI reported a total of 771 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts in 2017, which shows a marked decline from prior years. The organization is cautious, however, about drawing too…

Group Purchasing Gives Buying Power to SMBs

Anyone who is in procurement knows that high-volume purchases mean discounts and oftentimes, leverage. Most small businesses don’t have the need – or the pocketbook – to achieve either. However, when small businesses combine their resources for group purchasing, their negotiating position is significantly strengthened. UNA, launched in 2012, is one of several group purchasing organizations…

Deloitte - chief procurement officer survey

Procurement’s Biggest Priorities: Cost, Risk, & New Product Development

Cost reduction, new products/market development, and managing risks continue to be the biggest priorities for procurement leaders, according to Deloitte’s global chief procurement officer (CPO) 2018 report. These leaders also are working to better align procurement and business priorities to deliver value by focusing on strategies such as consolidating spend, reducing total life cycle/ownership costs…

Arrow Electronics: A Necessary Evolution in a Perilous Market

Arrow Electronics Inc. is knee-deep in the most consequential evolution in its history, one that has the potential to result in a complete transformation of its business and heavily impact the entire electronics value chain by forcing a reshaping of the design, engineering, new product introduction, procurement and the entire supply chain. Once finished, the…

Purchasing Execs on 2018: ‘Steady as She Grows’

Even as a pro-business tax reform bill awaits its fate, U.S. manufacturers are investing toward growth. Capital expenditures by U.S. factories outpaced expectations in 2017 and will increase further next year. U.S. manufacturers experienced 11 straight months of growth from January through November, driving the nation’s 2017 purchasing index to 57.4 percent from 51.5 last year.…

Hybrid Distribution Model Proliferates

Whether it’s called the open market, independent or non-franchised distribution, the channel that buys and sells excess and obsolete electronic component inventory has changed. A growing number of companies in this niche have ratcheted up their procurement and quality-control practices to the extent that component suppliers and many OEM customers acknowledge independents as a vital…