Buying LEDs: Consider the Total System Cost

LED manufacturers think it’s about time to change the purchasing conversation around LED pricing. This means looking at the total bill-of-materials (BOM) for the LED lighting system instead of just the cost of the LED. In a recent conversation with Paul Scheidt, leader of product marketing for LED components at Cree Inc., he explained that…

Digi-Key Adds Adafruit Products for Rapid Prototyping

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the addition of Adafruit’s board-level products to its portfolio. Adafruit, the popular online resource for designers using electronic components-, was recently ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by…

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How Easy is Your Distributor to do Business With?

One of the most successful distributors in the electronics industry once told me something I think about a lot. This distributor, at the time, did not participate in suppliers’ design registration programs because it wanted to put as few barriers between customers and their purchases as possible.  This was very unusual. Design registration programs, in…

Aerospace & Defense Ready to Embrace EMS

It’s no secret that electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers have been trying to increase their profit margins. Deeper penetration into the aerospace and defense (A&D) markets may provide such an opportunity, Frost & Sullivan reports. “To maximize revenues, EMS providers must respond effectively to changes in the A&D industry,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement &…

Another Year, Another Counterfeit Case

Another year, another counterfeiter. The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced in December that component distributor Jeffrey Warga, 61, of North Kingstown, R.I., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Judge in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. What is particularly notable about this…

Labor Strife Dampens Year-End Manufacturing Stats

The electronics industry has literally spent decades improving its supply chain. It only takes one glitch, however, to disrupt the entire process. The manufacturing  industry was reminded of this fact in December as a work slowdown in U.S. ports impacted several key manufacturing indices. “The West Coast ports slow-down is really affecting deliveries of our Asian purchases,” said…

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In Distribution, ‘Leverage’ is a Relative Term

If there’s one thing that distribution knows, it’s how to leverage volume. The number of components that passes through the channel every day is mind-boggling, and suppliers, distributors and customers all know that the more you buy, the better deal you can negotiate. But what happens to your leverage if you are not a volume…

Automotive Electronics Prompt New Supply Chain Challenges

The continued growth in the number of components used by automotive manufacturers has spotlighted new opportunities for component distributors. There are many positives to the increased penetration of electronics in automobiles including improved safety, better fuel efficiency, navigation and infotainment. While consumers, semiconductor manufacturers and automotive OEMs stand to benefit from these advancements, these opportunities also…

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The Never-Ending Problem of Component Returns

Component returns aren’t a seasonal problem for the electronics supply chain. Every day, customers that have ordered too much product cancel orders or try to return un-used parts. Most distributors have processes and practices in place to accommodate product returns, and authorized distributors have the right to return a portion of their parts to their…