DHL Tests Augmented Reality For Use in Logistics

Electronics distribution warehouses are among the most automated in the world. Because electronics component part numbers can be 12 or more characters long, the likelihood of human error – in data entry, storage and picking — is significant. Scanning technologies have vastly improved those processes; and robotics have eliminated much of the handling associated with…

Digi-Key Kicks Global Expansion into High-Gear

Digi-Key Corp. has in recent years reported impressive sales growth of two to three times the industry average, making the electronics component distributor one of the best performing companies in its sector. It’s not slowing down. For 2015, the company projects another double-digit sales expansion, buoyed by surging adoption of its services globally by engineers,…

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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…

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…

Future Bets Big on ‘Proliferation of Electronics’

Future Electronics Inc. plans to increase its investments in distribution support facilities and jack up hiring in Europe and Asia in 2015 as the company prepares to support rising “proliferation of electronics” in all areas of manufacturing, services and other segments of the global economy, according to company executives. In 2015, Future expects to more…

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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…