Perks and Pitfalls of Knowledge Diffusion in the Supply Chain

Do you collaborate with and learn from your suppliers, or are you serving them the knowledge to compete with you head-on on a silver platter? This question is increasingly relevant in today’s global competitive environment. Firms are routinely leveraging global sourcing to gain cost advantages, but competition nowadays occurs between supply chains rather than businesses.…

The Lure and Deception of Pricing Secrecy

Pricing secrecy is rampant in the electronics industry, governed by a strict regimen where suppliers are forbidden to disclose how much particular customers paid for their products and OEM and EMS provider procurement and purchasing experts consider pricing a “competitive weapon.” We are all living a lie. Let’s take one recent example from a large…

Digi-Key Adds Samsung Electro-Mechanics

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the completion of an agreement to distribute Samsung Electro-Mechanics America (SEMCO) product to its broad global customer base. SEMCO was established in 1973 as a subsidiary of Samsung Corporation and has grown into a global leader supplying…