How Engineers View Demand Creation

Engineers should be thrilled by all the attention they’re getting these days. Component makers, manufacturer’s reps and now distributors have all pledged to be the designer’s best friend. The industry’s’ two largest distributors, Avnet Inc. and Arrow Electronics Inc., have invested heavily in field applications engineers (FAEs) and in the maker movement — Arrow has…

distributors

Amazon.com is Not Out to Get You (But That Doesn’t Mean it Won’t)

My colleague Bolaji Ojo eloquently outlined the impact Amazon.com is having on the world of electronics. I agree with Bolaji’s analysis 100 percent. But much of the coverage of Amazon in the electronics trade press – including EPSNews – implies that Amazon.com is intentionally targeting the electronics distribution industry. That’s simply not true. Amazon is targeting any market…

electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

Bradley’s Law: Pricing Competitiveness Mirror Supply Chain Influence

A company should expect to pay for a specific electronic device a price commensurate with their Competitiveness within that particular commodity. This Competitiveness is the measure of how the supply chain sees the company – Ken Bradley, Founder & CTO, Lytica Inc. When Ken Bradley founded Lytica in 2005 as a consultancy practice, his primary…

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…