Raw Material Shortages Will Prompt Last Time Buys

By Logan Wamsley

If asked what determines the manufacturing cost of an electronic component, many might be surprised to discover that the most capital is spent during raw materials acquisition. This holds particularly true for passive components such as multilayered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), which incorporate a variety of materials into their designs including nickel, copper, aluminum, zinc,…

Saving and Spending: The OEM Working Capital Paradox

By Logan Wamsley

The longer the OEM projects the lifecycle of their product to last, the more last time buy inventory needs to be purchased – and because long-term inventory needs can rarely be forecasted perfectly, OEMs prefer to have too much inventory than not enough. Every component, semiconductor, and necessary computer product, even the ones that may…

The Key to Surviving Component Shortages: Long-Term Storage

By Logan Wamsley

Anyone paying attention to the state of the electronic component marketplace knows that 2018 has seen the most significant industry-wide shortage in over a decade. Lead times for once-commoditized components and semiconductors are, in some cases, stretching well over a year, throwing many a supply chain into a state of perpetual uncertainty. Many analysts are…

Partstat Last Time Buy Solution vs. Standard Last Time Buy

By Logan Wamsley

Since its launch, we here at Partstat have worked diligently to highlight the many benefits our Last Time Solution can have for an OEM and the other companies that make up their supply chain. But while we can reference these benefits in many different ways (case studies, videos, hypothetical scenarios, etc.), without a baseline to…