Archive for August, 2015

Counterfeit Mitigation: Solutions, Not Scapegoats

| August 31, 2015 | 1 Comment
Counterfeit Mitigation: Solutions, Not Scapegoats

Counterfeit mitigation is a requirement across any manufacturing industry. The semiconductor and electronics industries are vehement about protecting quality along the supply chain. What is often overlooked in the usual discussion on counterfeits are the real roots of counterfeit activity. When blame overrides root cause identification, the ability to eliminate or dramatically curtail counterfeit activity […]

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Best Practices are Essential in Online Sourcing

| August 21, 2015 | 1 Comment
Best Practices are Essential in Online Sourcing

The extension of digital business into procurement and sourcing has been a critical step in the continuous maturation and improvement of supply chain optimization. One example of the growth of digital business along the channel has been online sourcing marketplaces that continue to expand and gain traction. One of the key drivers for the growth […]

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Don’t Bet Against Conflict Minerals Regulation

| August 20, 2015 | 1 Comment
Don’t Bet Against Conflict Minerals Regulation

You couldn’t find a more Pyrrhic victory. A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act violates the First Amendment rights of manufacturing companies. The ruling, in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, (NAM) means enterprises cannot be compelled by the […]

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Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

| August 18, 2015 | 1 Comment
Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

Capturing market share away from one’s known competitors is a time-honored growth strategy for most businesses, particularly when the market is flat. But if a company is too focused on defending its turf, executives say,  it runs the risk of not seeing new competitors coming. Verical.com’s Chief Digital Officer and President Matt Anderson recently told Forbes […]

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Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally […]

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A Peek Inside a Buyer’s Toolkit

| August 14, 2015 | 1 Comment
A Peek Inside a Buyer’s Toolkit

Buyers have a host of tools at their disposal to help them do their jobs better and faster. These electronics components inventory search and/or data aggregator websites have one thing in common – delivering parts data that range from supply chain information including lead times, pricing, lifecycle/obsolescence information, and environmental compliance data;  to technical specifications […]

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Purchasing in the Age of ‘No Scarcity’, Part One

| August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Purchasing in the Age of ‘No Scarcity’, Part One

Michael Long couldn’t have put it better. Reviewing the current market condition for the electronics market, he noted that “lean inventories and short lead times will continue to moot fluctuations and cycles we experienced in the increasingly distant past.” Long should know. An industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the components distribution […]

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Channel Services Realign as Customer Needs Shift

| August 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
Channel Services Realign as Customer Needs Shift

There is little dispute that supply chain relationships are again shifting and with shifts come new strategic changes as well as newly tailored service offerings. Distributors and their customers are finding that increasingly challenging market conditions are bringing them closer together. What this means is that beyond the traditional demands of supply chain efficiencies, part […]

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Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

| August 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

When the Internet first enabled b2b e-commerce, companies that wanted to buy and sell electronics components tried a lot of different models. Marketplaces similar to Amazon.com appeared that displayed parts for sale (called OPI—other peoples’ inventory) no matter where the parts were located. Auction sites posted inventory (the eBay model) and allowed buyers to bid. […]

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#IAmAnElectronicsPartsBuyer: Do you know Me?

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
#IAmAnElectronicsPartsBuyer: Do you know Me?

The Twitter hashtag “#ILookLikeAnEngineer” has been much in the news lately. It reflects the power of social media in helping to disperse the cloud of confusion surrounding the real life professional experience of many individuals and the multiple prejudices pervading many segments of our society. It demonstrates quite clearly that many of the people who […]

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