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Global Purchasing Index

By Victoria Fraza Kickham, Distribution Editor

A monthly benchmark that gauges purchasing professionals’ views on procurement activity in the electronic components marketplace. A reading below 100 indicates pessimism; a reading above 100 indicates optimism.

March Index Scale

GPI Flat in May

Purchasing index remains in positive territory, holding steady at the 112 mark

March GPI Benchmark

After declining in March and April, Global Purchasing’s Global Purchasing Index held steady in May, registering 111.9—a slight .14% decline compared to April. The GPI has remained above the 100-point mark indicating optimism since its launch in January this year. Purchasing professionals surveyed this month reported a decline in new orders and in electronic component pricing, and noted that lead times for components shortened slightly during the month. They reported higher inventory levels and an increase in their purchasing activity. The highest growth was in purchasing activity, with the panel reporting a 9% increase compared to April.

Comments from purchasing professionals surveyed in April indicate a slowing in orders and increased lead times for electronic components, compared to March’s results.

““It’s a go. I feel there is currently a push to get lots of projects completed in the ‘now’ time frame” said one panelist.

“Continued demand in the global smartphone market is affecting the semiconductor supply chain. Lead times are stretching for some devices requiring more backlog visibility to be provided and limited flexibility to support new demand for some devices,” another panelist said.

Others noted that current conditions are “like a caterpillar of traffic. Stop and go.

The panel reported a 4% decline in new orders for the month and about a 4% decline in the prices they are paying for electronic components. They said lead times shrunk by about 3% compared to April, and they reported slightly higher inventories compared to April—up 2%.

Despite remaining in positive territory, the GPI hit its lowest level in May. The Index reached a high mark of 115.9 in February.

Global Purchasing’s GPI measures purchasing professionals’ business confidence in five areas: new orders from customers; electronic component inventory levels; purchasing activity; pricing; and lead times. Global Purchasing compiles the GPI data monthly from a survey of more than 100 panel members who buy a wide range of electronic components. Prequalified for their industry experience, panel members are purchasing executives, managers, or buyers at original equipment manufacturing (OEM) or contract manufacturing firms around the world.

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