Tips for Expediting the Supply Chain Backlog

There is no end in sight for global supply delays stemming from trade restrictions and transportation logjams. Demand continues to rise for U.S.-manufactured goods, but raw material and component disruptions are hindering production expansion. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to…

Big Data Tops Best Technologies for Fighting Fraud

Technology has been the leading weapon in brand owners’ arsenal for fighting counterfeit components and products. Big data and analytics, automated monitoring and removal services, blockchain, modular customization and intra-component communication are currently generating interest among industry leaders and their supply-chain partners, according to the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA). Counterfeit components…

The Future of Global Electronics Supply Chains

The complexity of global supply chains depends largely on what and how much you’re sourcing. With some materials — like paper — you’ll find a suitable supplier almost anywhere in the world. However, in the electronics industry, things are not so straightforward. Multiple commodities from multiple suppliers across various geographic locations mean global electronics supply…

Factory Index Rebounds After 5-Month Contraction

U.S. factory activity unexpectedly rebounded in January after contracting for five straight months amid a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached 50.9 percent, an increase of 3.1 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 47.8 percent. The improvement in the PMI likely reflects ebbing trade tensions between the…

components, chip industry, trade war, tariffs, U.S., China

Tariffs Eased on Some Electronics Products

The electronics industry is enjoying a short-term reprieve from new U.S. tariffs as the Trump administration delayed the imposition of 15 percent duties on $156 billion worth of Chinese goods, including smart phones, computers and other consumer electronics. While the move may boost holiday-related consumer sales, the 25 percent tariffs on a separate $250 billion…