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We’ll be at COMPUTEX 2016!

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Written by Amanda Pate on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

We recently announced that Smith will be exhibiting at COMPUTEX 2016 for our fifth year in a row. From May 31 – June 4, our representatives will be on-hand at booth I0132 in the Components & Parts Area of the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall to discuss how Smith can help support your business and lower your costs. With three-plus decades of experience helping OEMs, ODMs, and EMS providers meet their complex needs in a constantly changing market, Smith knows how to support our customers with the best service, sourcing, and quality capabilities.

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OTC 2016 Showcases a Still-Sluggish Oil Market, But Industry Players Focus on Recovery

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Written by Amanda Pate on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Earlier this month, Houston hosted the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The world’s largest O&G show was smaller than usual this year, though, as the oil slump moves into its second year and the market remains sluggish. While 2014 drew in 108,300 attendees and 2015 brought in 94,700, this year saw a 37% drop from 2014’s record-setting attendance with only 68,000 attendees. More than 2,600 companies from 47 different countries exhibited – numbers comparable to previous years’ – but it was clear regardless that the market is in a time of recovery and not one of equilibrium or growth.

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Disasters Highlight the Need for Risk Management Plans and Reliable Supply Chain Partners

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Written by Amanda Pate on Monday, 02 May 2016

The earthquakes that struck Japan in mid-April caused massive property damage and a large-scale loss of human life, with many survivors injured and displaced in the wake of the quakes and evacuations. Relief efforts and recovery are still underway as everyone affected by these tragedies works to heal and rebuild, but – for many – it will be a long road.

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Global Attention on Counterfeiting Intensifies, Highlighting the Necessity of a Strong Quality Front

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Written by Amanda Pate on Tuesday, 08 March 2016

A problem that was once the skeleton in the electronics industry’s closet is front and center nowadays, and has been thrust out into the spotlight even more in recent weeks. Since February 24th, when U.S. President Obama signed off on a new customs law with a provision to combat counterfeit semiconductors, it’s become clearer and clearer that the problem of counterfeiting isn’t going anywhere (quite the opposite) and can’t be swept under the rug anymore.

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Lunar New Year Brings Celebration – But Also Slowdown

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 05 February 2016

Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asia, and this time of year brings a great deal of revelry and rich customs with it. From doing New Year’s shopping and lighting fireworks to the most important tradition – visiting family and friends – this is a time when a huge number of people around the world celebrate and look forward to a happy and prosperous year ahead. However, beyond celebration and some well-earned leisure, this major holiday also has a large-scale effect on industry in the region – one that ripples noticeably into the global electronics marketplace.

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Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain: How Major Electronics Companies are Addressing Conflict Minerals

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Written by Amanda Pate on Thursday, 28 January 2016

Intel’s recent CES announcement that it has achieved its goal of becoming conflict-free by 2016 has been a high-profile new point in one of the most complex conversations currently going on in the electronics supply chain. Ever since the passing of 2010’s Dodd-Frank Act (Section 1502), the question of how to address conflict minerals in our tech products has been simmering. Recently, it’s become more and more obvious that corporate social responsibility of the sort conflict mineral reporting demands is no longer optional – it’s a necessary part of doing business in the modern world market.

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CES 2016 Roundup: From Drones to Refrigerators, What Got People Talking at the Show

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 15 January 2016

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada showed us more than just the usual array of advances and inventions: it also showed us a vision for how these innovative technologies might feasibly find a place in our lives and homes in the very near future. From jumps in connected auto tech to a new level of IoT presence in domestic spaces, this was the year that CES showed a relatable snapshot of the “future” that is now.

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Automotive at CES 2016: Where Are We Headed, and How Are We Getting There?

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Written by Amanda Pate on Friday, 08 January 2016

Of the major trends at CES 2016, the one that generated perhaps the most buzz was the strong presence on the automotive front. From Volkswagen’s keynote address in the wake of its emissions scandal to the excitement around the secretive Faraday Future, the auto segment was where some of the most awaited and discussed announcements came from during the week.

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Our Top Tech Picks from CES 2016

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Written by Emily Brown on Friday, 08 January 2016

Each year, tech enthusiasts eagerly watch the seemingly endless array of products revealed at CES in Las Vegas. Some become tech mainstays, while others disappear by the following year, but it's always fun to guess what will be the year’s hottest product. We asked Smith & Associates employees to weigh in on their top tech picks from the latest crop of gadgets to come out of CES 2016.

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Mainstreaming the Internet of Things

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Written by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading on Thursday, 07 January 2016

As connected tech becomes more and more prevalent, we’re starting to see a more cogent awareness of the Internet of Things and what IoT products mean in the everyday lives of people. Where previously these products may have had a nebulous mainstream definition and equally vague marketing, more and more consumers outside of the electronics industry are becoming familiar with what IoT devices are and what they have to offer as retailers get a handle on how to market these products. We’ve seen evidence of this at CES throughout the week, and – as the show winds to a conclusion in Las Vegas – this seems a marker of an intriguing recent trend toward mainstreaming a complex technology.

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