Welcome to The Velocity Report. This month's edition covers a wide range of issues and reminds us that a simplified supply chain simply means to reduce risk in today's electronics supply chain.
We start out with a big topic: counterfeit products, a subject being actively debated, and now drawing the attention of the DoD. Peter Buxbaum reports on the latest proposals to detect and avoid counterfeit products, and the potential cost of implementing those systems.
Marc Herman focuses on supply chain efficiency and the strange case of the port that hasn't taken off and looks at the resulting confusion.
Another subject you'll see here in more than one post is risk. As supply chains become more complex, risk mitigation comes under extreme pressure. Hailey Lynne McKeefry discusses a recent EBN poll, which asked readers to identify the single biggest risk to the global electronics supply chain. The results may surprise you.
The last topic this month I'll highlight for you is conflict minerals. In his second post, Peter Buxbaum comments that, while you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, compliance consultants tend to disagree. Most companies that have to comply with the US Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals rules see them as a hassle and an expense. One consultant disagrees and says conflict minerals compliance contains hidden business opportunities.
Wrapping up this Velocity Report edition, I end with some personal thoughts on logistics and emerging markets.
If you missed the live presentation, be sure to review the Avnet Velocity/EBN webinar "Facing Supply Risks: Korea, Europe, and Future Supply Chain Shocks" recorded on July 9. We had some excellent speakers addressing a topic important to us all.