Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part Two

It’s not a stretch to say Future Electronics Inc. is at the core of Robert Miller’s life. Although he has numerous interests outside of the company, many of these intersect with the distributor’s activities and Miller unabashedly emphasizes that Future, which he founded nearly 50 years ago and built into one of the top 5…

Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part One

Talk about perfect timing. Tracy Sutherland was giving a reporter a tour of Future Electronics Inc. headquarters in Pointe Claire, a suburb of Montreal, Canada, and addressing one of the many myths about Robert Miller, the electronics components distributor’s founder and owner, when the subject of the discussion strolled into the building, seemingly oblivious to…

Prepping the Supply Chain for Internet of Everything

The current estimates for how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the global economy runs into trillions of dollars. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), expects “50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020” and says the activities related to IoT would could amount to $19 trillion “in value” for enterprises and…

Restoring Trust in High-Tech Product Integrity

The U.S. government data mining and spying program conducted by the National Security Agency dealt a crippling blow to trust and confidence in the integrity of business intelligence and products following its revelation by former contractor Edward Snowden. In the electronics industry, the process of cleaning up the mess and restoring confidence in the relationships…

Methode Rides High on Automotive

Methode Electronics Inc. is bracing for the usual turbulence and poor visibility in several of its market segments but the components vendor appears well buffered by new design wins at major customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and prospects for higher sales into the automotive markets. With quarterly sales surging the supplier of interconnects, power and other…

Apple China Hire Links Engineering & Sourcing

Apple Inc. is reportedly hiring more than 600 engineers and supply chain professionals in China as the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer by market value responds to growing challenges from a swarm of competitors threatening its once unrivalled domination of the smartphone and tablet PC markets. News reports indicate Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is adding engineers…

Risk & Volatility is the New Supply Chain ‘Norm’

The global electronics supply chain is riddled with risk, a phenomenon that won’t go away anytime soon and which companies must respond to by proactively identifying challenges within their operations and then collaborating with partners and suppliers to reduce their exposure, according to Pascal Fernandez, VP of business development at Avnet Velocity, a unit of…