Supply chain solution blog

Does your Supplier Verification Process enhance your Counterfeit Detection Procedures?


Widespread concern is increasing for the need to secure your supply chain and protect yourself against counterfeit products. In the first instance, the key is to use suppliers with full trace-ability all the way back to the manufacturer. When you have no alternative to go to the gray market there are a whole host of tools that you can use to ensure that you are not purchasing counterfeit products as they get more and more sophisticated. If you do not have direct access to these tools then use a reputable company to do it for you. Counterfeit detection tools include:...

Electronic Component Allocation - Component Sense Back to the Future Series


Not since the year 2000 have we seen such widespread lead-time growth. What is going on? Back in 2001 when I started in the independent distribution industry I used to tell my clients about the 7 year cycle. This theory was fact based with the data coming from one of the largest franchised, electronic component distributors on the planet. The theory had held strong for over 50 years. The belief was that supply typically outstripped demand for a period of 3-4 years creating a very stable supply situation for the buyer. This would be followed by around 2 years of...

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