Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…

Global Chip Sales Point to Shift in Supply Chain Balance

In the midst of the stock market tumbling in China and general, global economic malaise, there is still much to be said for sustainable growth trends across the semiconductor and electronics industry, from foundries to end-devices. However, along with this positive macro-trend for the industry is a disruptive shift that heralds a change in the…

Hirose Rolls Out VAR Program for Fiber Optic Cables

Simi Valley, Calif. – Hirose Electric has created a fiber optic cabling value-added reseller (VAR) program to complement its line of ruggedized connectors. The new program enables the interconnect manufacturer to deliver complete fiber optic solutions for a variety of commercial, data communications/networking, medical, military/aerospace, surveillance and telecommunication applications. The VAR program positions Hirose to…

Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…

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The Shortcomings of “Follow the Components”

One of the commonly held beliefs within the electronics supply chain is that traceability – tracking a component from the factory through its insertion into an end product—will go a long way toward preventing counterfeiting. If a user at any point in the supply chain can flag a suspect component, they can prevent its passage…

Electrocomponents: 4 Steps to Unleashing its Potentials

In November Lindsley Ruth will unveil his vision for Electrocomponents Plc and outline the actions he is taking to energize the company, improve sales and gain market share. Ruth declined to discuss details of his plans during an interview but the measures will most likely be far-reaching and could include a major overhaul of the…

Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Newark element14: A Decade of Change

Tom Hudak’s resignation as president of Chicago-based Newark element14 this week underscores several major management and branding changes at the distributor over the past decade. Since 2003, the North American distribution business of UK-based Premier Farnell plc has had five presidents and two brands, changing from Newark Electronics to NewarkInOne and now Newark element14. While management…

Digi-Key Pivots, Merging Old & New Tools as Market Evolves

Digi-Key Electronics has a fat target on its back. Design engineers love it but rivals also both admire and begrudge its tight relationship with designers. It’s a well-earned reputation but with competitors snapping at its heels Digi-Key’s management say they are doubling down on the technology and service innovations that have set the company apart…

2 Acquisitions in 2 Years: Sager Buys Norvell

When several now-global distributors were busy gobbling up competitors in the 1990s, Sager Electronics maintained its laser-focus on its specialty products – IP&E—and its position in the Americas market. Although not historically acquisitive, Sager – with its announcement it would acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, — has made its second acquisition in…