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Tools for Managing Supply Chain Risk

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Tools for Managing Supply Chain Risk

The number of potential supply chain risks that OEMs face on a daily basis is a big challenge for purchasing departments. It requires supply chain risk management solutions that can help monitor and mitigate risk around supply, (including shortages, supplier bankruptcy, counterfeiting), geographic issues (including natural disasters and political instability), fluctuations in demand, currency fluctuations, and […]

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Distribution: Restoring the Balance Between Supply & Demand

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Distribution: Restoring the Balance Between Supply & Demand

With the supply chain running lean, minimum inventory is being held by component makers, EMS providers and OEMs. Even distributors are under pressure by Wall Street to keep inventory levels low. Although the component industry is less cyclical than it used to be, back-to-back weather-related disasters in 2011 and 2012 reminded the supply chain that inventory […]

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Lifecycle Management: Partnering for the Long Haul

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lifecycle Management: Partnering for the Long Haul

“Lifecycle management,” in the context of electronics components, encompasses a number of activities. Ideally, a component manufacturer (OCM) will keep customers abreast of new product developments in the offing and the planned obsolescence of last year’s model. However, since most OCMs deal directly with only a limited number of customers, distributors are also a source […]

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The Role of Testing in EOL Sourcing & Your AVL

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Role of Testing in EOL Sourcing & Your AVL

In electronics, quality is paramount. But when a component is no longer available from its manufacturer or an authorized distributor, how can quality be ensured or even measured? There are guidelines available that provide criteria for both sourcing the components themselves and for qualifying the resellers who can still provide them to your approved vendors […]

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Mitigating Risk for EOL Parts

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mitigating Risk for EOL Parts

One of the biggest challenges for electronics components buyers, particularly those involved in military/aerospace, industrial, and medical sectors, is discontinued components. Equipment in these sectors are often used for many years – decades in fact – leaving buyers searching for parts that chip makers or interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) device manufacturers are discontinuing as […]

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Leverage Dev Kits as Part of New Product Evaluations

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
Leverage Dev Kits as Part of New Product Evaluations

While the key role of purchasers is managing and evaluating supplier relationships and ensuring that the supply chain is operating smoothly, many are deeply involved in new product development and work closely with engineering teams. These purchasers are involved in identifying how to lower costs on new product designs, as well as recommending and evaluating […]

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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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NDAA Raises Stakes on Component Traceability

| September 10, 2015 | 1 Comment
NDAA Raises Stakes on Component Traceability

Counterfeit components in aerospace and defense equipment endangers lives. To combat this threat, the U.S. government enacted a number of measures specifically geared at counterfeit mitigation. One of these measures, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was first signed into law in 2007 and revised in 2012. NDAA is a wide-ranging law that spans a […]

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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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Distribution: Why One Size Doesn’t Fit all

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Distribution: Why One Size Doesn’t Fit all

Now more than ever distributors are trying to provide choices for their customers in terms of product lines, global franchises, value-added services and 24/7 sourcing and support. Even so, two distribution models– the catalog model selling low volumes of high-mix parts and the fulfillment model of high-volume scheduled orders—have not resided under one roof. Low-volume, […]

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