Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly.  Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response to customers’ demand for support beyond engineering orders. It was an early adopter of digital content…

Top 50: Distribution Returns to Growth in 2014

The North American (NA) distribution industry has posted a five percent increase in revenues after experiencing two years of flat growth. Although distributors faced several challenges, including price pressure, currency fluctuation, and margin erosion, a stronger global economy and higher demand from several market segments, including industrial and medical, buoyed the entire industry in 2014.…

Employees Top Sources of Supply Chain Fraud Risk

In the context of the supply chain, the term “fraud” could mean many things: intentional financial errors; misrepresented inventory levels or outright fake products. More than one quarter (28.9 percent) of supply chain professionals polled by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said their organizations experienced supply chain fraud, waste or abuse during the past 12 months.…

Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support

Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the design chain services it is reputed for, noting these will remain at the core of…

Component Distributors Unfazed by Amazon.com

The electronics companies most likely to be affected by Amazon.com/business  — catalog distributors — are not particularly worried about the e-commerce giant’s foray into the b2b components market.  Catalog distributors – and electronics distributors in general –have a number of attributes that provide them a competitive advantage in the high-tech industry. “There are distinct complexities…

Digi-Key Adds to Bare Die Portfolio

Bare-die products, which Texas Instruments Inc. defines as “package-free semiconductors,” are growing in popularity as electronics products become smaller and more lightweight.  Although bare die are most often sold by component suppliers, they are increasingly becoming available through distribution. Bare die solutions were introduced by Digi-Key Corp. to its customer base earlier this year, and…