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08.05.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngVictoria KickhamFollowing a rebound in June, the Global Purchasing Index takes a 1.6% drop in July but remains in positive territory as purchasing managers cite spotty business conditions.

After reaching a six-month high in June, the Global Purchasing Index slipped in July as purchasing managers reported a drop in purchasing activity and increasing prices during the month. Launched this past January, the GPI measures purchasing managers’ business confidence monthly.

The GPI has remained above the 100-point mark indicating optimism since January, but reached its all-time high of 117.5 last month following a three-month slide....Continue Reading >>
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07.24.2014 // Kevin Sink in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngKevin SinkOn May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published final DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations System) rules1 to eliminate counterfeit parts from the supply chain by shifting the burden of protection onto contractors. The regulation broadly defines “electronic parts” and eliminates allowable costs for replacing counterfeits with authentic components. The outcry from the industry has been predictably loud.

There are many expensive actions a company can undertake to help prevent counterfeit parts from entering its supply chain. Massive testing programs, inspection protocols that touch deep into that supply chain, even destruction of random samples add time-consuming layers to manufacturing, while providing only a veil of insurance, rather than value....Continue Reading >>
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07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngBarbara JorgensenA long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. When an OEM or EMS provider orders too much product, it is often sold in the open market to distributors that are not franchised by component suppliers. The problems this creates for the authorized channel include the taint of counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain. Authorization—or franchises—are designed to protect suppliers, distributors and customers. From the customer standpoint, procuring product from an authorized distributor is similar to acquiring it directly from the supplier in terms of brand, quality and performance....Continue Reading >>btnForward.png

08.26.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

"The Internet of Things" (IoT) is rapidly becoming one of the most important business technology trends More...

08.21.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates 2014 Connector Industry Forecast shows major changes in the marketplace, including More...

08.19.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

In his comedy routine "Let's Get Small" Steve Martin discusses getting small while driving. He pretends More...

05.30.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

In May, an informal survey was conducted of TTI’s suppliers. We asked them about their Q1 2014 growth More...

05.22.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

I just got back from the annual Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) where I had a chance to get a download More...

04.15.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever to find electronic components. And though the various More...


08.27.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Detailed Sector Growth Charts; Mixed August PMI Leading Indicator Results; 2Q’14 European Electronic More...

08.26.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

"The Internet of Things" (IoT) is rapidly becoming one of the most important business technology trends More...

08.21.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China July Data; Global Economic and Electronic Equipment Forecast by Region by Year; Europe More...

08.21.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates 2014 Connector Industry Forecast shows major changes in the marketplace, including More...

08.13.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook for Electronics Supply Chain; Updated 2Q’14 Electronics Sector Growth Rates; Top 25 More...

08.12.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

The chemical regulatory train keeps accelerating, with more and more chemicals being added to the REACH More...

08.07.2014 // Michael Schwert in: Switches & Relays

Total reported sales for all switch categories in North America for Q1 of 2014 were 5% better than the More...

08.06.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

2Q’14 Growth by Electronics Sector; Custer Business Outlook Webinar Thurs August 7; June Semiconductor More...

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