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Supply Chain Realigns for Global, IoT & Consumer Shifts

| March 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Supply Chain Realigns for Global, IoT & Consumer Shifts

There’s always something to be said about the impact of IoT, at least as long as we are still on the prognosticating side of the growth curve. One point that mollifies the otherwise rousing excitement for what IoT will mean as a driver for growth is the demand for many low cost components. Granted, volume […]

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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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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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Digital Business & the “Programmable Economy”

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
Digital Business & the “Programmable Economy”

Digital business sounds like another post-modern term; yet, in the never-ending quest for improved cost savings, efficiency, and seamless workflows, procurement has only more recently become integrated, and hence, successfully digitized. The maturation path of digital business is the doorstep upon which the industry stands now entering into an era of “programmable economies,” as coined […]

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Top 10 Digital Transformation Predictions

| November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Top 10 Digital Transformation Predictions

“Distributors are cherry—picking the best aspects of e-commerce and the Internet and making it their own,” said Barbara Jorgensen, managing editor, Electronics Purchasing Strategies, in a recent blog. This is all about the use and sharing of data to deliver information that customers need to select and buy components when they need them. These digital […]

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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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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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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 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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