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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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Supply Chain Transparency Aids in Compliance Efforts

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Supply Chain Transparency Aids in Compliance Efforts

The digitization of data in the electronics supply chain has led to easier access to electronic components pricing and availability information as well as product data. It also has created a new way for component manufacturers and distributors to provide greater transparency in the supply chain to help buyers support their compliance efforts. Component vendors […]

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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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Transparency Essential in DFARS, DoD Compliance

| February 17, 2016 | 1 Comment
Transparency Essential in DFARS, DoD Compliance

Last fall, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a set of proposed amendments to the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) ruling that would extend the regulation’s reach to commercial — as well as military-specification — electronics while narrowing the definition of “trusted suppliers” of components and subassemblies. The implications of the proposal included […]

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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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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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Digital Transforms the Electronics Supply Chain

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Digital Transforms the Electronics Supply Chain

The digital supply chain is moving into a maturation phase and bringing real shifts to how business is conducted; not just through internal IT operations and business processes, but inter-organizational shifts as well. Corporations are now leveraging their digital business processes to improve operational flow, automate transactions and gain visibility into not only their own […]

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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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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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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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