Bolaji Ojo

Bolaji Ojo is editor-in-chief and publisher of Electronics Purchasing Strategies. He can be reached at bolaji.ojo@epsnewsonline.com

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B2B E-Commerce: Payday Still Years Away

| February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
B2B E-Commerce: Payday Still Years Away

Notwithstanding any claims to the contrary not a single company globally is today reaping the full benefits electronic commerce can have on relationship with suppliers and customers. This is not for want of trying; manufacturers and retailers are spending massive amounts of money on tools, equipment and software applications that would enable them shift operations […]

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Ecosystems Matter, Even in Distribution

| November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Ecosystems Matter, Even in Distribution

Ecosystem, the buzzword for the wireless communications world popularized by Apple and Google but since avidly embraced by many other enterprise executives, is entering the lexicon of the electronics components distribution world. Continuing their evolution from middlemen to critical partners, top distributors are at pain to demonstrate that not only do they still offer their […]

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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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The Antidote for Inaccurate Forecasts, Part One

| October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Antidote for Inaccurate Forecasts, Part One

The signs are unmistakable. The job cuts came first, followed by facility closures, downward sales revisions and the inevitable valuation declines on Wall Street. Despite all efforts to halt the recurring nightmare it’s clear now that high-tech makers and many other segments of the global economy are once again experiencing a new bout of the […]

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Enter the Uber Distributor

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Enter the Uber Distributor

Uber will impact your business. No, Uber drivers won’t become design engineers, component makers, software developers or distributors. You shouldn’t worry about a swarm of Uber drivers invading the electronics industry and sprinting off with the fat margins many companies currently enjoy. It’s the concept behind Uber that will force change in the electronics market […]

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Distribution: Being Global is not Optional

| September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Distribution: Being Global is not Optional

The local components distributor is a dying breed. They lack the scale of larger rivals, extensive design support, ability to keep up with technology innovations across multiple market segments, global representation of suppliers, inventory and supply chain management offerings and the extension of huge credit lines OEMs and EMS providers take for granted. And yet […]

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China: Manufacturing Weakness Brings Fresh Opportunities

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
China: Manufacturing Weakness Brings Fresh Opportunities

The evolution of China as a major player in the electronics manufacturing supply chain is about to take another turn. For some companies China’s ongoing transition will bring substantial woes – mainly due to their being unprepared or the absence of foresight for what was an inevitable slowdown – while, for others, it heralds already […]

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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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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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#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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