They might not be the SOLE participants but as per brand recognition and liability, they tend to lose the least out of the distribution hierarchy. So where there is less liability in any business, there is more room for error (both intentional and unintentional).
We cannot say third part vendors are the sole responsible for counterfeit components or products. They are also collecting the components from other vendors or sources. But I would like to suggest that, independent vendors have to take at most care while selecting components to avoid counterfeit components.
Rochester Electronics and the programs that semiconductor manufacturers engage with us on in order to extend availability of authorized product, combined with the existence of http://www.authorizeddirectory.com ensures no counterfeit. That's right, no counterfeit. Why would anyone want to run the risk of buying from an unauthorized source if the parts exist from authorized sources first? I'm not arguing against independents. I am saying the FIRST place to look should always be authorized sources for absolute lowest risk of counterfeit.
I voted yes; while i agree that counterfeiting has been around for a long time, its hit critical mass at this point. Having a faulty chip that makes your cell unuseable is an annoyance; Having a plane blow up and fall out of the sky or a rocket misfire costs lives. I put the blame sqarely on two entities.
China for closing their eyes to IP theft and independent distributors for selling anything and everything without proper inspection, due diligence or any real measure of a TQM effort.
Arent there companies out there who can offer viable, authentic anti counterfeiting programs?
I voted no, as most of the people on the poll did. It's not fair to lay the blame on independent distributors. They can do the best they can to weed out counterfeit parts, but it is not completely in their control.
Counterfeiting has been around before we were born and it will still be their when we are gone. It can only be controlled or reduced but cannot be eradicated because it's from the main source. I said main source because some people contribute to it and they get feed back also. Although, if we don't stop them they will wreck the electronic market and business completely. There are few things I learned when I was young and it was the fact that imported cars and goods are better than the ones made inside and more expensive because of importing and exporting. It is believed that Japan products are the best because of their rules and regulations. Japan is noted for quality and best products. I think strongly, it is time that we all do something or cry out for solution before it gets really bad.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.