ECIA announces it is renaming and expanding the mission of the Supply Chain Council, a key member-driven element of the association. Now with a global focus, the scope of challenges tackled by the Supply Chain Council has been expanded to include issues such as IT Security/Testing and Customer Experience.

“The leadership of the newly reorganized Global Industry Practices Council (GIPC) will oversee the group of volunteers that work on behalf of the industry to develop best practices and guidelines that address inefficiencies within the global authorized channel today and in the future,” explained Victor Meijers, senior vice president. “This will be accomplished through issue-specific Subject Matter Expert (SME) Groups headed by ECIA members who have knowledge and expertise in that area.”

SME Group members will be recruited from both within and outside the ECIA member community to identify and tackle issues on an ad hoc basis. For example, if a specific industry challenge requires participation from the semiconductor or end customer community, people who have the knowledge and authority to solve the problem will be actively sought. “The goal will be to enable the Council to be more nimble and responsive to the global authorized channel challenges of the industry,” Meijers predicted. “The wider scope of the expanded Council will make it possible for ECIA to take a leadership role in being the global champion for the authorized channel and really make a difference in solving industry challenges,” he concluded.

The other SME Groups are International Trade Compliance, Business Process Operations, Logistics Services, Environmental Compliance, and Quality. Next steps for the Global Industry Practices Council will be to populate the SME Groups with leaders and committee members who have the creativity, experience and knowledge to bring about real change.

Anyone interested in learning more should contact Victor Meijers at vmeijers@ecianow.org.

About ECIA
The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components to the end customer. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. For more information, visit www.ecianow.org or call 678-393-9990.