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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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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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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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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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Distribution’s Role in Disaster Mitigation, Part 1

| October 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Distribution’s Role in Disaster Mitigation, Part 1

When the electronics supply chain suffers a disaster such as the Japan earthquake/tsunami in 2011 the first concern is always for human life. Eventually, though, companies that have facilities or partners in devastated areas have to turn their focus to business. For electronics manufacturers, that includes the status of their materials and inventory. That’s no […]

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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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Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

| September 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Proposal Would Tighten DFARS Sourcing Rule

There are significant changes afoot that could tighten the requirements for companies that want to supply electronics components to the U.S. government and the Department of Defense (DoD). Proposed amendments to the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) ruling would extend the regulation’s reach to commercial—as well as military-specification—electronics while narrowing the definition of […]

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The Not-So-Simple Task of Traceability

| September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
The Not-So-Simple Task of Traceability

Traceability: it seems like such a simple solution. If a component is assigned an identifier as it leaves the factory that identifier will follow it throughout the supply chain. At any point in the process, the component’s ID can be checked against a database to verify the part is what it claims to be. There […]

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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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