Smith & Associates Annual Survey: A 360 Degree View of the Supply Chain

surveycoverSmith & Associates conducts an annual survey of the global supply chain during the December-January period in order to gauge the changes in the industry from a general perspective as well as detailed drill-down views based on the major industry sectors and representing different positions along the supply chain by company and job function. The results from our annual Global Supply Chain Survey report, A 360 Degree View of the Supply Chain, are now available on Smithweb for download and review, and the 2013 report is still available for download.

 

 

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Internet of Things to Boost IC Market and CE Sales

shutterstock 146869130As we move into the second quarter of the year (2Q14), we've already been inundated with a vast array of devices, systems, solutions, and technology dreams on display at CES, MWC, Detroit Auto Show, Geneva Motor Show, and most recently SXSW, as we've reported on.

The devices are many, particularly the hottest new trend of wearables that are quickly evolving to better meet the feature requirements users want and to provide fashionable designs that have mostly been mostly lacking so far. The fact that our industry has a strong follow-up device trend, "wearables," on the heels of the smartphone and tablet boom is not only important for sales and volume numbers, but it is important for innovative design and the next positive disruptive phase of growth for the industry as a whole.

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2014 SXSW Interactive – A look into the future for electronic components

sxsw12014 SXSW Interactive closed Tuesday night and, like every year, it offered near and distant visions into the future of tech. This year that future included extensions of wearable beyond fuel bands and Google Glass.

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Geneva Auto Show 2014 Revs Up Semi Opportunities in Auto

shutterstock 82744948March 6th was the public opening of the 84th International Geneva Motor Show after two days of media and industry viewing. The show opens this week in the midst of a five-month run of positive economic events for Europe, which has been mired in recession and economic troubles for the past few years. This continued positive climb has EU automakers feeling more positive about growth in 2014, although there is still a ways to go to return to what could be considered real growth. These economic notes spell growth for the semiconductor and electronics industry.

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Numbers for Semi Show Growth Holding

shutterstock 1423724262013 gave us the rebound from 2012 and previous years' troubling numbers for sales and revenue in the semiconductor and electronics industry. During the years since the global economic recession, we experienced a bumpy road with quite a bit of hesitation and lack of confidence from enterprise and consumers alike. That sentiment held the industry in pause mode and slowed growth hopes, stalling momentum and slashing hardware budgets. Meanwhile, smart wireless device (SWD) boosted the industry numbers, favoring mature market, early adopters and higher-tiered smartphone and tablet devices.

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