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June 2020, Volume 2

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

Monthly POS Reports

Budde Marketing, which provides monthly POS Index reports to ERA members, issued its latest summary, running from January 2018 through April 2020. Visit to view the new index. According to the new report, April was 12 percent below the index number of January 2018, 16.5 percent below March 2020 and 21 percent below April 2019. About 90 percent of the companies represented in the POS Index study showed decreases in April 2020. However, better numbers are expected for June and July POS with the economy partially open in May. For details on Budde Marketing’s services, visit

Industry News

IC Insights predicts the automotive segment will reach a compound annual growth rate of 9.7 percent, up from 8.7 percent in 2019. The semiconductor industry research group also predicts long-term contractions in communications, computing and industrial IC sales. Read more at TheBurn-In.

The Worldwide Internet of Things Spending Guide shows IoT spending growing 8.2 percent year over year to $742 billion in 2020, down from 14.9 percent growth forecast in the November 2019 release, according to IDC. However, IDC expects global IoT spending will return to double-digit growth rates in 2021 and achieve a compound annual growth rate of 11.3 percent over the 2020-2024 forecast period. Read more at BusinessWire.

Wearables have proven to be a surprisingly resilient category amid the global COVID-19-fueled shutdown. Overall, the category grew 12 percent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2020, up to 14.3 million. Read more at TechCrunch.

The speed with which electric vehicles are being adopted globally is fundamentally changing the economics and dynamics of the automotive industry. As a result, battery technology is evolving fast, with vendors increasing their efforts to produce more prismatic lithium-ion batteries catering to this spike in demand from the automotive industry. Read more at eeNews.

ERA News

Join ERA on Tuesday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for its free ERA Water Cooler. The upcoming teleconference will feature facilitator Walter Tobin, ERA CEO and co-facilitators Chetan Malavia, Richard Barclay, Dennis Swenson and Ashwin Ganesan of Cloud9 Infosytems Inc. who will discuss how to “Enhance your productivity using Microsoft Office 365/Teams, Sharepoint and more!” For login information or to listen to past Water Cooler sessions, visit ERAWaterCooler.

The ERA Chapter Officers Leadership Training program (COLT) is postponed until the Fall of 2021. All scholarships earned will roll over and will be eligible for an additional year. ERA encourages all chapters to consider sending participants in 2021 to share best practices in chapter leadership to help continue to drive a strong chapter network. For more information, contact ERA Membership Director Stephanie Tierney.

ERA Chapters are continuing to plan virtual and in-person chapter events to keep members, connected, engaged and in the know. For more information and up-to-date chapter activities, visit ERAChapterEvents.

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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