supply chain, sourcing

Quick Sourcing Tips for Electronics and Electrical Systems

As an electronics sourcing specialist, your goal is undoubtedly to receive the best results from your suppliers. Purchasing electronics and electrical systems brings challenges, but these tips could improve your outcomes. Vet your electronics manufacturing services partners carefully An electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner handles aspects related to the design, testing and building of electronics…

Procurement Faces More Challenges Than Ever: Exclusive Report

Global procurement professionals are facing more challenges than ever — tariffs, trade wars, environmental regulations and patent/IP protection. Fortunately, they are up to the task. Worldwide, electronics purchasing managers have an average of 16 years on the job, according to EPSNews’/Aspencore’s first global procurement study. They work more than 40 hours a week; spend a…

ECIA, distributors

Top Distributors Exit ECIA to Form Global Association

Three of the industry’s biggest distributors – Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Electrocomponents plc – have withdrawn from the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), marking an historic, structural change in the 9-year-old  trade organization. A new group, the Global Electronics Distributor Association (GEDA), will be formed within the next 90 days, according to an…

Tariffs: Will the Electronics Industry get What it Needs?

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles examining the impact of tariffs — positive and negative–on the electronics industry. For political pundits, the United States government’s tariff strategy is about political leverage. For electronics OEMs, however, tariffs are about business. “As a United States patron, I look at it through the lens of…

Responsible Minerals Sourcing Webinar Now On Demand

The principles surrounding conflict minerals sourcing are expanding into other materials, such as cobalt, copper and lithium. The broader initiative, called responsible minerals sourcing, focuses on the social and environmental impact of extracting and processing certain raw materials and preventing abuses often linked to those activities. Under U.S. legislation enacted in 2010, publicly-traded companies are…

EDI, trade platform

TrueCommerce Levels the EDI Playing Field For Small Businesses

Electronic data interchange (EDI) has been a staple of the electronics supply chain for decades. EDI links are used between component makers, distributors and end-customers to share data crucial to managing the supply chain—price, orders, lead times, availability, transaction records, replenishment signals and more. Historically, though, these links have been customized, meaning partners essentially had…