Barbara Jorgensen

Barbara Jorgensen is managing editor of Electronics Purchasing Strategies. She can be reached at barbara.jorgensen@epsnewsonline.com

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Balancing Opportunity with Diligence in the Digital World

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Balancing Opportunity with Diligence in the Digital World

E-commerce has literally opened up a world of opportunity for the electronics supply chain. Procurement has become borderless — components can be ordered online from any spot on the globe and fulfilled from the closest or most convenient location. At the same time, many of the challenges that have always dogged the supply chain – […]

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Easing the Burdens of Compliance

| February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Easing the Burdens of Compliance

Electronics businesses undoubtedly have more compliance challenges than they ever had before. Along with stricter environmental regulations in the U.S., foreign markets are adopting even more stringent guidelines. U.S. government edicts such as Sarbanes-Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act require a deep level of transparency into corporate financial transactions and foreign business practices. This, in turn, […]

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Pros & Cons of the Digital Supply Chain

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Pros & Cons of the Digital Supply Chain

“The death of bricks and mortar has been greatly exaggerated.” The construction industry could conceivably have used this disclaimer when e-tailer Amazon.com built its first physical warehouse. Virtual facilities – once thought to be inevitable with the rise of e-commerce – haven’t become in norm in many market segments. In fact, in the electronics industry, […]

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Distribution: Establishing Leadership in the Digital Market

| January 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Distribution: Establishing Leadership in the Digital Market

The digital revolution has changed the way the electronics supply chain conducts business. E-commerce hasn’t cut out the middleman — distribution — as was expected 15 years ago; in fact, distribution has incorporated and accelerated e-commerce and now “owns” the space. Buyers, too, have embraced e-commerce. Not all procurement organizations are comfortable with a pure internet […]

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Channel Embraces Next Phase of Digital Transformation

| November 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Channel Embraces Next Phase of Digital Transformation

A digital business strategy isn’t just about e-commerce, says Matt Anderson, chief digital officer of Verical parent Arrow Electronics Inc. But e-commerce was one of the first stops in Arrow’s four-phase journey toward digital transformation. “Verical, prior to my arrival, already had a robust marketplace,” Anderson explained. “It enabled companies that had stock in their […]

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Bridging the Digital Divide

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Bridging the Digital Divide

Asking a child – or teenager or millennial—for help with your smart device is no longer a cliché. Young people (young being a relative term) are simply more comfortable using technology and buying and selling online. The impact is already being seen in the retail space: storefronts are closing and online pricing has become the […]

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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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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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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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Bad Forecasts and the Customer-Centric Supply Chain

| October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Bad Forecasts and the Customer-Centric Supply Chain

Apple Inc. deserves all the accolades it gets. It designs products consumers cannot live without. It flirts with being the most valuable company in the world. It has changed the way people buy and listen to music. But by one standard, however, Apple misses the mark. In a “customer-centric” supply chain, vendors do not miss […]

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