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07.24.2014 // Kevin Sink in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngKevin SinkOn May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published final DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations System) rules1 to eliminate counterfeit parts from the supply chain by shifting the burden of protection onto contractors. The regulation broadly defines “electronic parts” and eliminates allowable costs for replacing counterfeits with authentic components. The outcry from the industry has been predictably loud.

There are many expensive actions a company can undertake to help prevent counterfeit parts from entering its supply chain. Massive testing programs, inspection protocols that touch deep into that supply chain, even destruction of random samples add time-consuming layers to manufacturing, while providing only a veil of insurance, rather than value....Continue Reading >>
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07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngBarbara JorgensenA long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. When an OEM or EMS provider orders too much product, it is often sold in the open market to distributors that are not franchised by component suppliers. The problems this creates for the authorized channel include the taint of counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain. Authorization—or franchises—are designed to protect suppliers, distributors and customers. From the customer standpoint, procuring product from an authorized distributor is similar to acquiring it directly from the supplier in terms of brand, quality and performance....Continue Reading >>btnForward.png

07.02.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngVictoria KickhamGlobal Purchasing Index rises 5% in June to 117, its highest reading since January

Following three months of declines, the Global Purchasing Index rallied in June, rising nearly 5% to 117.5, its highest level since Global Purchasing launched the index in January. The GPI measures purchasing managers’ business confidence monthly.

The GPI has remained above the 100-point mark indicating optimism since January, but had fallen in March, April, and May after hitting 116 in February. May marked the lowest reading to date, at 111.9. June’s 5% climb to 117.5 indicates a growing sense of optimism among purchasing executives as summer began....Continue Reading >>
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07.21.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

One tool I find extremely useful is Compliance & Risks’ C2P system. It helps me help my clients to stay More...

07.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 U.S. Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector More...

07.10.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

It’s been two and a half years since the Federal Anti-Counterfeiting Amendment Act was signed into law More...

05.30.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

In May, an informal survey was conducted of TTI’s suppliers. We asked them about their Q1 2014 growth More...

05.22.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

I just got back from the annual Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) where I had a chance to get a download More...

04.15.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever to find electronic components. And though the various More...


07.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

June U.S. Electronic Equipment Orders Soften; July “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators – China Accelerates; More...

07.24.2014 // Kevin Sink in: Industry Conditions

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published final DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition More...

07.23.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe Update; U.S. Industrial Production Increases; Global Business Confidence Weakens; Global ASIC More...

07.21.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

One tool I find extremely useful is Compliance & Risks’ C2P system. It helps me help my clients to stay More...

07.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 U.S. Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector More...

07.17.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China June Revenues; Global Semiconductor Shipments Continue to Increase with $336 Billion predicted More...

07.09.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

U.S. May “Factory Orders”; June PMI Leading Indicators; Smartwatch Market Forecast; Tablet Growth Weakens; More...

07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

A long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. More...

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