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…

Futuristic Distribution Hubs for Future Electronics

The Future Electronics Inc. building in Leipzig, Germany, looks modern but fairly conventional from the outside. Inside, though, the future of electronics component distribution is being redefined. While the distribution warehouses that brought electronics manufacturing to the 21st Century were good and capable the industry’s needs have radically changed. Future Electronics’ highly-automated distribution centers in…

Evolving Distribution Models Defy Classification

The electronics distribution industry has evolved to the point that the old monikers used to differentiate companies no longer apply. Distributors that used to print phonebook-sized tomes of component specs now do the bulk of their business online. “Catalog” no longer describes distributors that specialize in low-volume high-mix component orders. Now, “independent,” which was used…

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Can Distributors Capitalize on Service?

 The electronics supply chain has known for some time that only so much growth is available through the sale of hardware such as components and computer systems.  Prices of mature products continue to go down, and new products don’t hold their value for as long as they used to. The next logical step is to…

Electronica Highlights Global Supply Chain and Demand for Agility

Electronica celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in Munich, Germany and the attendance hit a record-breaking 73,000+ attendees from over 80 countries. This year especially, Electronica  had an even more pronounced global feeling and with that came the repeated requests and recognition that manufacturers need flexible services along the supply chain. Globalization and diversification of…

Distribution Grapples with Marketing Dilemma

November is a pressure packed month for distribution marketing executives. So much is expected of them by top executives who want a marketing plan for the year ahead with costs firmly determined and goals/objectives clearly outlined. The bosses want a marketing plan that is fresh (very, very new), robust, comprehensive, perhaps unorthodox (very out of…

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Living Connected: Making Sense of the IoT

The ECIA’s Annual Executive Conference did a terrific job of staying true to its theme: Living Connected. The assembly of high-tech business executives walked away with a lot of food for thought and some actionable items regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected world in general. I’m sure most of the attendees already…

Distribution: Masters of Problem-Solving

As electronics component sales and service organizations, distributors assist customers in a variety of ways. Master Electronics of Santa Monica, CA, prefers to call its role “problem-solving.” “We will do anything at this company that makes business sense for ourselves and the customer,” says Riad Nizam, vice president of sales for Master Electronics. “If you…