April Component Trends: Return to Stability

Although electronics components saw a little movement in leadtimes and pricing in the month of March, April — with a few exceptions– is trending back toward stability. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, discretes and memory are two categories worth keeping an eye on. Leadtimes in discrete components are stretching out to as much…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…

5 Top Purchasing Best Practices for the Ages

Editor’s note: This article first ran in 2014 and these recommendations remain ageless. There’s nothing quite like the fresh slate of a brand new year to make buyers think about their current practices and how they can be improved, upgraded, or even completely replaced. If you’re looking to implement one or more best practices this…

Component Trends: Some Reductions in Leadtimes

The month of March is bringing spring – at least that is what many in the U.S. fervently hope. It’s also brought a couple of leadtime reductions in IP&E products. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, leadtimes for commercial electromechanical, military electromechanical and power supplies all fell from the prior month. Commercial…

CES 2014: Chip Makers Collaborate — And Diversify

Bringing my thoughts together from International CES 2014, I was struck by the extent of diversification – chips, devices, platforms, and especially end-markets. There was, as always, a dizzying amount of information, gadgets, solutions, and futuristic dreams. But two themes really stand out as likely capturing the next phase of the semiconductor and electronics industry:…

PEI-Genesis Breaks Down Language Barrier

PEI-Genesis Inc.’s launch of its multilingual website is one of the ways the distributor is expanding its reach to its offshore customers.  At www.peigenesis.com, customers can now complete transactions in German, Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese. “We have customers and partners world-wide and our enhanced website will improve our ability to expand the reach of our services and…

6 Spend Management Tips for Success

Defined as “the way companies control and optimize the money they spend,” spend management is a best practice that can yield a wide range of benefits for purchasing organizations. It encompasses the full purchasing lifecycle — from sourcing goods and selecting suppliers to setting up contracts and paying suppliers — and helps buyers take a…

Purchasing Must Watch Book-to-Bill Ratio

This morning I was thinking about purchasing as a pivotal supply chain component and how critil this department is to the economic welfare of both manufacturers and distributors. We are used to expressing the supply chain economics in terms of ratios like “book-to-bill” or “order-to fulfillment.” Book-to-bill is a very telling ratio. If over a…