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> ERA Quick Connections – December, Vol. 1

December 2022, Volume 1


Manufacturing data reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are released at the beginning of every month and can be accessed at ISM. The latest report says economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November for the first time since May 2020, after 29 consecutive months of growth.

Both the electrical equipment, appliances and components sector, as well as the computer and electronic products sector, reported contraction in November. Read the full report.


> In order to reach and expand beyond your current customer base, you need to understand your non-customer base better. Salesforce calls this adopting a “blue-ocean” perspective. Read more.

Is now the right time to buy electronic components? The case for long-term planning and forecasting. Read more.

> The founder and CEO of a start-up is trying to make the case for better battery technology to serve an industry where electrification hasn’t gone yet – flight. Read more.


The general session speakers for the first day of the 2023 ERA Conference have been announced! Back by popular demand, attendee favorite Bernard Baumohl, chief economist for The Economic Outlook Group, will present “Navigating Through Economic Uncertainty” on Monday morning, Feb. 27. Chris McChesney, author of the best-selling book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution,” will present the Monday afternoon general session and discuss executing strategy amidst numerous competing priorities and distractions. For more information about these exciting speakers and their presentations, read the full press release.

Save big on suites and meeting space at EDS 2023 with Early Bird registration! If you’re planning to rent space at the Mirage, you may register for EDS 2023 before January 1, 2023, and your space will cost the same as it did for EDS 2022. This could save you hundreds of dollars! To qualify for these savings, you’ll need to pay your registration in full before January 1, 2023. ERA members enjoy significant savings on EDS registration fees and space rentals. Contact to reserve your space now. Early Bird registration is now open for companies renting space only. Full registration (attendees) will open in January 2023. More information will follow, so please white-list communications from      

> It is time once again to honor ERA rep members who have dedicated exceptional time and effort to ERA and its mission. Submit your nominations for the 2022 Jess Spoonts Award online by Monday, December 19. Read more about the award and scholarship and view past winners.

> The ERA White Pin Internship program is now accepting applications for Summer of 2023! Subsidized by the White Pin group and ERA, this program offers an ERA rep member a chance to hire a rising college junior or senior as a summer intern. This is a fantastic opportunity for the intern to gain hands-on experience in the electronic component sales industry AND a great chance for rep companies to train and teach a potential hire. Read more about the program and apply today!


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