Web Down! Surviving the Inconceivable Supply Chain Disaster

Site down isn’t just a problem for the likes of the New York Times and other media outlets that have ticked off a despot somewhere in the world. An onslaught of “denial-of-service” attacks in segments of the economy that have heavily embraced e-commerce and other online process management functions could spell disaster and trigger massive…

Poor Data Clouds Supply Chain Visibility

My perspective on supply chain comes with a strong semiconductor technology bias, a partiality for supply management and an appreciation of operations with the processes that surround it. Coming from the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, I have seen the need for innovation, quality and cost management. Being an engineer, I like data; having worked in…

India: Distribution’s Next Hotspot

India isn’t the hottest market for electronics right now but with more than 1.2 billion people, it has the potentials to become one in future, hence the attention being paid to it by many of the world’s biggest electronics equipment manufacturers and other players in the industry supply chain. Component distributors, especially, are avidly exploring…

PRD: Where Engineering Meets Purchasing

At the beginning of every engineering project, certain items of information must be known. It is this very early stage of product development that determines what material and human resources will be required to go forward with the design and ultimately produce the final product. One of the first documents to be referenced may be…

What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…

ST Aims for Higher Distribution Sales

STMicroelectronics N.V. is envisioning a day when up to 35 percent of its sales would be derived through components distributors, a move that potentially could add several billions annually to the total available market (TAM) for big and medium-size channel partners. The Geneva, Switzerland-based semiconductor manufacturer has in the past sold its products mainly through…

Engineering & Purchasing: Joined at the Hip

In an industry where engineering is constantly feeding new products to the manufacturing floor, several disciplines must be in place to assure the smoothest transitions from the R&D group to the operations group. While New Product Introductions (NPI) and associated processes are key to managing lowest costs and highest quality products from introduction to obsolescence…