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June 2020, Volume 1

ERA’s Quick Connections is issued twice a month. ERA invites you to share recent newsworthy items and calendar dates with your fellow members at

Manufacturing Data Reports

Manufacturing data reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are released on or about the first of every month and can be accessed at ISM. The June 1 report says economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in May, and the overall economy returned to expansion after one month of contraction. Also, of the 18 manufacturing industries included in the report, the computer and electronic products sector was one of 11 industries reporting contraction in April.

Industry News

The worldwide Ethernet switch market recorded $6.16 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 8.9 percent year over year. According to IDC, the negative impact of COVID-19 on both the Ethernet switch and router markets is expected to continue in the second quarter of 2020. Read more at IDC.

The global education sector is expected to see rising Chromebook demand in 2020. The demand is driven by schools worldwide that have begun adopting online learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more at DigiTimes.

Six semiconductor companies expect an increase in their second quarter 2020 sales, IC Insights reported, while 15 companies anticipate flat or declining sales. Collectively, the 21 companies on the list anticipate a sequential sales decline of 5 percent in the second quarter of 2020. Read more at EPSNews.

Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $34.4 billion for the month in April 2020, 1.2 percent less than March, but 6.1 percent more than the April 2019 total of $32.4 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Read more at NewElectronics.

Organizations have been forced to devise new human capital strategies in response to COVID-19. While some organizations have had to put a freeze on hiring, other companies have had to enlist a bevy of approaches to get new workers on board. Read more at HROToday.

ERA News

Listen to the latest podcast from ERA Talks, “The Transformation of the Rep Role.” In this episode, ERA Membership Director Stephanie Tierney interviews Alan Ahern, President of Crowley Associates, and Mike Swenson, President at Mel Foster Company, about the transformation of the rep role and their plans to improve business in the times ahead. Tune in at ERATalks.

The ERA Water Cooler is now held every other Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The June 16 teleconference — “Emerging from the Abnormal – The Rep, Distributor and Manufacturer Perspective” — will feature facilitator Walter Tobin, ERA CEO and co-facilitators Bryan Teen, President of Tech Marketing; Steve Nolan, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., and Sean Sisson, Vice President North America & Latin America for RUTRONIK Electronics Worldwide. For login information or to listen to past Water Cooler sessions, visit ERAWaterCooler.

Don’t miss the opportunity to advertise in the Summer issue of The Representor. Ad placement includes a free three-month banner ad on the ERA website and 20 percent discount on all classified rates for ERA members. Reserve your ad by June 19, 2020 at Representor.

ERA is committed to sharing important information related to the COVID-19 crisis and the electronics industry. For current coronavirus relief business resources, articles and websites, visit OurERA.

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