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> ERA Quick Connections — November 2023, Vol. 1

November 2023, 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 October for the 12th consecutive month after a 28-month period of growth.

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


What’s ahead for the electronics industry in 2024, writes Bill Bradford, president, Flip Electronics, in EPS News.

Digitally navigating complex supply chains, from Electronics Sourcing magazine.

> The benefits, challenges and future of IoT (Internet of Things) in wearables, in IOT Business. Read more.


The November ERA Electronics Components Industry Trends survey is now open and accepting responses from ERA member firms!

Please note: ERA sends this survey monthly to one contact from each ERA member firm via email. Please be on the lookout for this survey in your email inbox. If you don’t see it, check all email folders, including spam. The email will come from If you have questions about who the survey contact is for your organization, or would like to change this contact, please email this request to

If you have been completing the survey monthly, many thanks! Our survey is only made better by a robust and diverse universe of responding companies. Help us make this survey a valuable resource for you and the rest of our members by taking 5 minutes to complete this each month. The results are visible only to ERA members and gives us a great cross-section of what our members see on the horizon for the near and long term.



> The ERA White Pin Internship program is now accepting applications for 2024! This internship program offers a manufacturers’ rep (who is an ERA member) a chance to hire a college student as a summer intern, with ERA and the White Pin group subsidizing a substantial portion of the anticipated internship cost. Read more information about the program! Apply as rep, or apply as an intern.

(Mark your calendar for an informative Q&A ERA LIVE session on the 2024 White Pin internship program on Tues., Dec. 5!)

The Fall Representor is now in your email inboxes and mailboxes! Don’t miss the cover story on creating a content marketing plan that targets engineers, the Someone You Should Know Q&A, Rising Stars Q&A, executive commentarylegal and tax columns, XCOM Digest and more! View the digital flipbook or interactive PDF.


Mark your calendars: Three ERA LIVE sessions are approaching! On Tues., Nov. 28, Alex Gabbi, assistant professor of business at University of Texas at Austin, will present, “A Look at Our Industry Through the Eyes of Academia: What are University Students Being Taught?” On Tues., Dec. 5, ERA SVP of Education Ellen Coan, CPMR, and ERA SVP of Industry Kingsland Coombs, CPMR, CSP, will present an informative Q&A session on the 2024 ERA White Pin internship program. On Tues., Dec 12, Dennis Reed, senior analyst at Edgewater Research, will present an update on the ERA Electronics Components Industry Trends survey. Don’t miss them — we’ll see you there!


Browse the searchable ERA Industry Calendar for upcoming national and local chapter events!

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