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> ERA Quick Connections — Nov. 2023, Vol. 2

November 2023, Volume 2


Our base point of January 2021 saw the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to lose steam, resulting in a significant rebound in POS activity. Due to strong growth in 2022, there is the good probability that we will see a slowdown of POS activity in 2023. Outside influences will also affect 2023, including supply chain issues and inflation.

September 2023 was up 3.5 percent from August, making it the second largest POS month for the year. This year is running 3.5 percent behind last year’s record year, but POS activity for 2023 is still holding its own on an overall basis. September is typically a strong month and this September did not disappoint. In general, 2023 POS is continuing to exhibit above average activity.

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> The U.S.-China chip war and what it means for you, from EPS NewsRead more.

> Amazon cuts Alexa jobs in order to focus more on generative AI. Read more.

> The semiconductor market’s outlook is brightening, reports Supply Chain ConnectRead more.


The November ERA Industry Trends survey is now closed.

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> The next ERA LIVE on Nov. 28 will feature Alex Gabbi who will present the topic, “A Look at Our Industry Through the Eyes of Academia: What are University Students Being Taught?” Topics will include the challenges of finding, recruiting, onboarding and retaining young college graduates, and what current students are being taught as it relates to core technologies (AI). No registration needed — view more details and log-in information.

> If you did not have the chance to attend the live STEP 2023 event, but still want to access the event’s valuable educational content, the STEP 2023 recordings are now bundled and available for purchase. The STEP 2023 archive is available to ERA member individuals for $295 and to non-member individuals for $395. Happy learning!

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