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EMS Finance Directors: How to turn your E&O stock back into cash with our tailored In-Plant solution


Is your senior management team committed to driving down excess and obsolete inventory levels? Read on to find out how we can help as Kenny McGee, CEO of Component Sense, highlights how to turn your E&O stock back into cash. Management awareness of the impacts of excess or obsolete (E&O) inventory is vital. Recently the US Supply Chain Resource Cooperative identified a number of characteristics associated with a properly developed excess and obsolete (E&O) inventory strategy published on 20 April 2018 in EPS News. The most obvious of which is.... E&O should...

Discover the benefits of our InPlant system today!


Why wait for your stock to become obsolete or redundant? The real beauty of our InPlantTM system is that you can sell stock on an ongoing basis when it is excess or slow moving rather than waiting until it is obsolete or redundant. As soon as your forecast takes a dip and you have more stock than you need we can market it the same day. Within seconds we can see your excess stock as a result of us talking to your MRP system (e.g. SAP) and we can market your stock immediately. It is literally live! We have...

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...

Is your CMS or EMS managing your Excess and Obsolete stock effectively?


When you outsource your manufacturing you typically pass over control of your inventory to the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) Company. In doing so, you have also passed the responsibility of managing your E&O over to them too. Many outsourcing contracts will state 'we will use best endeavours to mitigate your E&O liability'. Do you find yourself questioning whether or not they really are using their best endeavours? The EMS will typically pass around a list to brokers without sense checking the data and without properly populating the manufacturers part numbers. Often, they are concerned only with...

Supply Chain, Back to the Future!


The negative impact of the counterfeit threat has hit OEM and EMS companies hard. For many, cost reduction through clever sourcing is no longer an option as it is deemed too risky. How did this happen? I started out in the electronics business 32 years ago serving my time as an engineer in the Aerospace sector. Much later, when I joined one of the world's largest Franchised Distributors in 1999 I began to realise that every company I dealt with had a few "brokers" up their sleeve. This allowed them to make PPV or savings on their BOM cost. At...

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