Thursday, April 26, 2012

The WHY is counterfeit products.

·       Recently on Linkedin Michael G Beason chairman of the Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Group wrote "Our supply chain is changing rapidly and sometimes we can't understand that the time to prepare for the changes was years ago. We're caught flat-footed and unprepared. We surprised and not in a good way. Nobody owns the problem. We can only ask "Why?"

       ESCS President Matthew Heaphy III  replied .................      The WHY is counterfeit products. In 2008 Electronic Supply Chain Solutions sponsored which offered the 123's ABC's and tricks they play to help educate the electronics industry that was clearly ill prepared for what was to come. Our industry assessment identified how 85 companies thought about the problem and the steps they might take.
We also sponsored which                                                              showcases actions taken and the results achieved.

Electronic Supply Chain Solutions choose to abandon the broker business and embrace the franchised model which has seen a tremendous uptick as companies are mandated not to buy from brokers any more.

This has resulted in many independent asking "Who move my industry?" Some have invested in inspection technology to add a layer of security while others have hung up their sneakers. Unfortunately I believe inspection and testing is just a new form of revenue and not the answer to the counterfeit epidemic. As a voting member of the SAE G-19 Counterfeit Committee I can share with you after over 150 weeks of 2 hour meetings we are still struggling with a solution to the problem.
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