Although chief procurement officers (CPOs) are most often associated with supplier management, there are customer-facing catalysts, driven by the nationalist shift, that could expand the CPO's role to better prepare their company

How CPOs can Prepare for the Impact of Nationalism

As evidenced by Brexit and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, economic nationalism is on the rise. Industries such as electronics have spent decades building and finetuning a vast network of global supply chains. If globalization is facing a backlash — and experts attest that it is — longstanding supply relationships are about to get…

EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

Report: Anti-Counterfeit Efforts Don’t Thwart Cyber-Threats

The defense industry’s concerns regarding microelectronics is expanding beyond counterfeit components and into the realm of cybersecurity, according to a report issued this month by the Defense Science Board Task Force. Thanks in part to the defense department’s reliance on commercial electronics components, the task force found defense equipment can be susceptible to cyber attacks…

TTI’s Gallagher on Distribution: ‘You have to Adapt’

Over the past few months the complexion of the electronics distribution industry has radically changed. Qualcomm’s acquisition of NXP has marked the largest supplier merger to date; and distributor Avnet Inc. sold off its systems business and acquired catalog competitor Premier Farnell. Although those two events don’t directly impact leading IP&E distributor TTI, Inc., this…

AmazonBusiness Adds Price, Volume & API Features

AmazonBusiness did not set out to disrupt the electronics supply chain. But that’s exactly what it did. The most visible indicator of this disruption was highlighted last week at the ERA Executive Conference in Austin, TX, where AmazonBusiness was a featured speaker. An electronic component manufacturer found its devices were selling on AmazonBusiness for below…

ADI, Arrow, channel realignment

Will ADI & Arrow Deal Prompt More Channel Realignment?

Analog Devices Inc.’s realignment of its channel strategy has implications beyond the companies directly involved — ADI and acquisition Linear Technology; and distributors Arrow Electronics Inc. and Avnet Inc. ADI’s move could prompt other semiconductor companies to reconsider their distribution options. A distributor’s supplier roster works a bit like a sports team. If the five-time Super…

Avnet Evolves and so Must the Electronics Supply Chain

Avnet Inc.’s ongoing restructuring actions have ruffled feathers internally and sparked controversy in the industry about the kind of future CEO William Amelio has envisaged for the top-tier components distributor. Perhaps the entire electronics supply chain should contemplate the same question because the structural issues Avnet is trying to resolve are similar to those facing…

Conflict Minerals Rule: A Repeal Won’t Kill it

The Conflict Minerals Regulation is here to stay. A part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law in July, 2010 by then President Barack Obama, the conflict minerals regulation has become a global phenomenon. Despised by many industry associations but publicly embraced by all of the major players in…