Supply chain solution blog

E-Waste fuels the counterfeit epidemic


Impact on counterfeits A serious aspect of scrapping your stock inappropriately is you could inadvertently be contributing to electronic component counterfeiting. It is well known that "waste product" has the potential to become the counterfeit product of the future. End-Of-Life (EOL) finished goods should be crushed and recycled though legitimate companies otherwise they could end up in the counterfeiters hands. Most "counterfeit" components are actually recycled, used parts reclaimed from old product. A collective effort is required to manage waste properly so that we stop feeding the supply chain of the counterfeiters. Over the last decade westernised countries have tended...

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...

Protect yourself against counterfeits in these times of shortages


In February this year EPS News reported severe Electronic Component Shortages Possible in 2017. Since December 2016 we have experienced a significant rise in the number of enquiries we are receive each day. Our current volume of enquiries for electronic component stock is around 3 times higher than the same time last year. We are seeing shortages on a wide variety of products and brands. We are still nowhere near the heights of the shortages witnessed in 1999 / 2000 but if you were around then, you may remember that the lead up to that peak period was quite gradual. When...

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