ISM Survey: 75% of Companies Report Supply Chain Disruption

Today the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) revealed the first-round results of a survey focused on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) business and supply chain impacts. Notably, nearly 75 percent of companies report supply chain disruptions in some capacity due to coronavirus-related transportation restrictions, and more than 80 percent believe that their organization will experience some…

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6 Pros and Cons of an Omnichannel Distribution Strategy

An omnichannel strategy is great for customer service, but it can be challenging to implement. Omnichannel requires a fine-tuned system that functions across multiple channels, mostly in-store and online. No matter where the customer interacts with the company, the experience is the same. This strategy isn’t to be confused with multichannel marketing, which only uses…

DRAM Demand Returns; Q3 Global Sales Up 4%

Demand-side inventory for DRAM in 2H19 has returned to relatively healthy levels, according to the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce. Furthermore, some vendors pulled their quarterly product shipment forward to avoid potential negative impacts from Trump’s impending tariffs; this shift skyrocketed DRAM suppliers’ sales bits in 3Q19, driving total DRAM revenue up by 4 percent…

MCU Sales to Reach Record Highs Through 2022

The market for microcontrollers (MCUs) —the IC industry’s original system-on-chip (SoC) product category—is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022 after worldwide sales dropped 6 percent in 2016 because of a slowdown in MCU unit shipments. After drawing down MCU inventories in 2016, systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit…

Electrocomponents FY 2018 Sales up 12.8%

Strong results and new initiatives to drive future growth and profitability Highlights 2018 2017 Change  Like-for-like change1 Revenue £1,705.3m £1,511.7m 12.8% 12.8% Adjusted2 operating profit £177.1m £133.2m 33.0% 28.1% Adjusted2 operating profit margin 10.4% 8.8% 1.6 pts 1.4 pts Adjusted2 profit before tax3 £173.1m £128.0m 35.2% 30.0% Adjusted2 earnings per share 28.4p 21.0p 35.2% 29.7% Adjusted2 free cash flow £105.1m…

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.…