Being an independant distributor we send almost every part that we sell to our customers to a test facility for counterfeit testing(the balance of the product gets tested at our customers facility). This is not cheap but it ensures that authenticity of the parts we sell.
I am not sure why independant distributors should be the last defense against counterfeiting at all. Our government (U.S.) needs to work with China (over 85% of counterfeiting components come from today) in doing a much better job shutting these counterfeiters down.
Testing is very expensive and does cut into profits for the company but it is imperative in order to sell good parts. The manufacturers push out lead times and tell you to go to a local franchise and when they have no stock and tell you 20 weeks on delivery, what do you do then? You go to the open market for product. That's just they way it is. Just my two cents.
yes,by targeting the manufacturers we can prevent the counterfeit products but buyers also need to think before buying a counterfeit product, at that point of time they come with cheap cost but they may not work in future so I feel its always better to go for the actual product instead of a counterfeit product..
I certainly agree with you Kunmi, Many people are in this business for profit majorly so they don,t bother to know much about what they are selling but if the manufacturers are fished out, the seller will have no choice other than to sell the right thing.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
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.