Supply Chains Brace for Omicron Variant Effects

By Logan Wamsley

The latest variant of the COVID-19 virus, dubbed the Omicron variant, has now gripped the globe, and governments around the world have been quick to respond. Although details regarding the severity of the variant are currently uncertain — although the scientists in South Africa who first discovered the variant say observed symptoms so far have…

COVID-19 Delta Variant Ravages Automotive Supply Chains and Beyond

By Logan Wamsley

Although the automotive industry has both introduced exciting new technologies and made several bold plans to fully embrace a new, net-zero carbon emissions model, 2021 has proven to be an incredibly difficult year. These difficulties have only been amplified by the emergence of the COVID-19 Delta variant, which has called into question the ability of…

Hurricane Ida Disrupts Already Fragile 2021 Supply Chain

By Logan Wamsley

In a typical year, despite all of the tragedy a natural disaster such as a fire, flood, or hurricane can bring, there usually aren’t very many implications for the world at large. These often horrific events may be devastating for the population in that region, but a country on the other side of world typically…

The Number of Counterfeit Chips Rises in Shortages

By Logan Wamsley

Crisis, for someone, always breeds opportunity — although sometimes that opportunity is not what society considers ethical. One example that typically arises in global chip shortages is the radically increased numbers of counterfeit chips that find their way into designs ranging from basic consumer tech to highly specialized equipment such as healthcare devices and military…

Understanding 2021’s Bewildering Semiconductor Market

By Logan Wamsley

The semiconductor market is experiencing a very unique time, a time where two seemingly conflicting narratives are occurring simultaneously. On one hand, global demand and sales of chips and semiconductors have never been stronger. According to IDC, worldwide semiconductor sales grew to a mammoth $464 billion in 2020, a nearly 11% increase from 2019. Even…