Supply Chain Management

Why testing isn’t enough to prevent counterfeit components from entering the supply chain

Author: Victor Meijers, Senior Vice President, Electronic Components Industry Association Over 10 years ago, the Senate Armed Services Committee issued a report following the discovery of counterfeit electronic parts from China in the Air Force’s largest cargo plane, in assemblies intended for Special Operations helicopters, and in a Navy surveillance plane. In fact, they revealed

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Supply Chain Management

The Real Impact of War on Global Supply Chains

There are obvious supply-chain impacts from war. Shortages, escalating prices, and the flow of goods are common short and long-term examples. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the more recent bloodshed between Hamas and Israel are certainly exhibiting the supply-chain impact mentioned. Still, there are more subtle effects as well. The Russia/Ukraine War

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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chains Are Healing, But…

So, yes, there is evidence that supply chains are healing. However, although the worst may be over, most goods transported under contracts cost more. Inflation has wreaked havoc on many segments of the chain. Shipping container cost, for example, from Asia to the US West coast, is up more than 15x, while short-term prices for

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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Health—2023

There’s an inherent disconnect when discussing “health” when systemic crisis is the new norm. In 2022 supply chain woes were rampant–from port blockage, rising inflation, slowing demand, the war in Ukraine, COVID lockdowns, elevated inventory, hurricanes, and even MIA employees. Although there were improvements in some of these issues, disruptions to supply chain operations will

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Supply Chain Management

Can We Really Offset High Materials Costs?

The primary elements that make up a finished product are direct raw materials. They can be any mined materials, like minerals, metals, crude oil, coal, etc. There are also indirect raw materials – anything that supplements the making of finished products from direct materials. The challenges represented by accessing these materials promptly and at a

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Industry Insights

Railroad Strikes, Unionization, and the Electronics Industry…

What Could Go Wrong? So, the railroad strike was averted the day before the walkout, but what would a strike have meant? Freight railroads transport approximately 40% of long-haul cargo and 125,000 railroad workers. The strike would have crippled the country’s supply chain on many levels. Since trains are thought to be most important to

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Supply Chain Management

Continued Pressure on Automotive Supply Chains

According to a recent Reuters article, Global supply chain stress at 18-month low in July, NY Fed’s index at its lowest level since January 2021. However, that is not across the board. A major exception is the automotive industry supply chain. There are few industries as complex as automotive regarding supply chains. Normal supply and

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Supply Chain Management

Can There be Procurement Sanity When the Supply Chain is a Hot Mess?

Over the past few years, supply chains have had virtually everything thrown at them: tariffs, a pandemic, inflation, transportation/logistics nightmares, inability to find staff, and even war. For the most part, these disruptions came out of nowhere, suddenly causing devastating results. This dynamic environment has challenged the post-professional and advanced procurement teams—what is it doing

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Supply Chain Management

Rare Earth Scarcity Adds Fuel to Supply Chain Fires

Chip manufacturers can’t seem to catch a break. Tariffs, pandemics, transportation challenges, and now war have impacted rare earth availability, exacerbating supply chain chaos. Rare Earths and Tech Apps War in Ukraine hampers the availability of such rare earths as neon, krypton, and xenon, all used in semiconductor manufacturing. Krypton is a noble gas used

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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain-gers

For supply chains, it’s often knee-jerk reactions to the disaster-du-jour that point out the need for rapid, tangible change. But, as we’ve recently seen, disruption in the form of pandemics, natural disasters, and transportation woes are becoming the impetus for examining what the future has in store. Here we’ll discuss a few areas where change

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