Supply chain solution blog

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...

3 pitfalls to avoid when selling excess electronic components


Did you realise that as a PCBA manufacturer, at least 1% of your revenue is tied up in obsolete or redundant stock? Furthermore, you are probably sitting on 10% of revenue in slow moving stock! Read on to discover solutions to common pitfalls when selling your excess electronic components. Avoid scrapping your stock. Don't wait until your stock is so old and worthless that you need to scrap it and write it off your books. As an Independent Distributor we can advertise your stock in many ways allowing you to get money back either as an outright purchase, consignment or...

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...

Clarification still required regarding the "gray market"...


The electronics Media and Franchised Distributors are still blaming counterfeit supply on the "Gray Market". We have always argued that the true perpetrators are operating in the Black Market. The term "Independent distributors" was born out of a need to separate the good from the bad in this much needed segment of the supply chain. Independent distributors come in many shapes and sizes and not all are created equal. Component Sense enjoys being Independent because it allows us fill essential voids in the supply chain. We love being able to provide innovative solutions to age old problems. Our first line...

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