Archive for October, 2015

Four Steps to Supply Chain Resiliency

| October 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Four Steps to Supply Chain Resiliency

If your company does not have a supply chain risk mitigation plan in place, it could potentially face significant component and materials shipment delays and allocations if there is any kind of disruption in the supply chain, ranging from natural disasters to materials shortages. Even if your suppliers aren’t directly impacted by the disruption, their […]

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Case Study: A Safe Haven for Unsold Inventory

| October 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Case Study: A Safe Haven for Unsold Inventory

Unsold inventory occurs at all junctures of the supply chain. Original component manufacturers (OCMs) produce devices in volume quantities based on materials dimensions (such as wafer size); the size of the component (or manufacturing process); and cost. Not all of those parts are already spoken for. Distributors, which hold finished inventory for suppliers and customers, […]

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Case Study: PrimeCore Systems Values Speed and Availability

| October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Case Study: PrimeCore Systems Values Speed and Availability

Joseph Cordero hates to wait, and that’s why he frequently turns to the Verical.com website when other electronics component vendors can’t meet his company’s requirements for speedy order fulfillment. “It seems like we always need things right away, so whoever has the parts I need is usually who I go with,” he says. Cordero is […]

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Global Volatility and Tightening Markets Extend Forecast Challenges

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
Global Volatility and Tightening Markets Extend Forecast Challenges

Moving into the end of 2015, it is clear that the year has presented real challenges for forecasts. What had originally looked like hope for a continued strengthening from the gains in 2014 really didn’t materialize in the way most industries anticipated. From the perspective of forecasts, 2015 added another set of market variables that […]

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Q3 Challenges IC Inventory Levels

| October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Q3 Challenges IC Inventory Levels

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is only the latest company to face one of the dreaded consequences of inventory: the write-down. For its third fiscal quarter AMD reported revenue of $1.06 billion, up 13 percent sequentially and down 26 percent year-over-year. The company went on to report: “Gross margin of 23 percent, down 2 percentage points […]

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When Disruptions Strike (Because They Will)

| October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
When Disruptions Strike (Because They Will)

Disruption is as much a certainty in business as death and taxes are a certainty in life, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. Supply chains carry inherent risks; negative events that are beyond control regularly occur and disrupt operations. However, market success depends on the constant and consistent flow of materials in a timely and planned manner, […]

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Inventory: Risks and Opportunities

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Inventory: Risks and Opportunities

Too much of anything can be problematic. Inventories fall squarely in that category. Accountants see finished goods, work-in-progress, components and raw materials as assets, alongside cash and account receivables. Not many CEOs will so directly describe inventories. They prefer a much more nuanced view of inventories depending upon who owns the products at any point […]

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Distribution’s Role in Disaster Mitigation, Part 2

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Distribution’s Role in Disaster Mitigation, Part 2

Every buyer has a horror story about the part they couldn’t get. The electronics supply chain hasn’t suffered a drastic shortage in a while but there are always glitches or outright disasters that disrupt routine shipments. The Institute for Supply Management, which polls U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers once a month, has cited bad weather and […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of IoT in the Supply Chain

| October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of IoT in the Supply Chain

Most of us would agree there are several real-world benefits of connected devices that will enable supply chains to run more efficiently across product development and into lifecycle management processes. That’s the good news. The bad news is figuring out security risk, and the ugly news is the impact of new players and start-ups in […]

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Tools for Managing Supply Chain Risk

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Tools for Managing Supply Chain Risk

The number of potential supply chain risks that OEMs face on a daily basis is a big challenge for purchasing departments. It requires supply chain risk management solutions that can help monitor and mitigate risk around supply, (including shortages, supplier bankruptcy, counterfeiting), geographic issues (including natural disasters and political instability), fluctuations in demand, currency fluctuations, and […]

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