Top 50 Distributors: Another Year of Stagnant Growth

2016 was another tough year for the franchised electronic components distribution industry in North America. The industry faced several challenges, including shrinking margins, currency fluctuation, and supplier consolidation, which had a significant impact on sales growth. Faced with these challenges, revenues for the top 50 North American franchised distributors fell by three percent, after growing…

Avnet: What other Dangers Lurk in its Legacy Assets?

Avnet Inc. had grand plans for this week but instead of hosting its scheduled annual Investors’ Day conference the top-tier distributor has returned instead to its restructuring drawing board. It must plug a projected $1 billion sales shortfall in fiscal 2018 and implement a new, global ERP project, sparking afresh concerns that the leadership may…

Xilinx and Avnet Deepen Distribution Engagement

Semiconductor vendor Xilinx Inc. and Avnet Inc. have struck an agreement to expand their existing relationship and extend this into a range of services meant to showcase the top-tier distributor’s reach into the electronics design chain. The announcement builds on steps already taken in recent months by Avnet to reorganize operations and refocus on strengthening…

Avnet Begins Execution of CEO Amelio’s Transformation Vision

William Amelio has been anything but quiet at Avnet Inc. but anyone who has a different thought will find out sometime in a few weeks when the new CEO unveils details of his transformational plans for the top-tier distributor. The company is already a radically different organization – having sold its technology solutions (TS) business…

Avnet: Igniting the Brand and Soul of a Distributor

Kevin Sellers joined Avnet Inc. as chief marketing officer about 18 months ago after a 23-year stint at Intel Corp., one of the electronics industry’s most successful companies from a revenue and branding perspective. It’s no wonder therefore that some of Sellers’ experience at Intel would rub off on Avnet which today launched a global…

Avnet Rebrands, Unveils the New Avnet.com

Avnet.com users woke up Monday to a freshly redesigned and completely overhauled website spotting a new corporate tagline, logo and color – green is in and red is out. These are all elements of a revamped promotional and global branding campaign heralding the fundamental reorganization and strategic business repositioning being carried out at one of…

Master Electronics Turns 50, Celebrates and Preps for ‘Massive’ Disruptions

2017 is a landmark year for Master Electronics. It marks 50 years since Ike Nizam founded the specialty electronics component distributors in a southern California apartment. That’s not all that’s noteworthy about 2017, though. Master Electronics is this year implementing a strategic reinvention campaign to enable it remain nimble and innovative serving small and mid-tier…

Avnet Evolves and so Must the Electronics Supply Chain

Avnet Inc.’s ongoing restructuring actions have ruffled feathers internally and sparked controversy in the industry about the kind of future CEO William Amelio has envisaged for the top-tier components distributor. Perhaps the entire electronics supply chain should contemplate the same question because the structural issues Avnet is trying to resolve are similar to those facing…

Distribution: More M&A on the Way

The stage is set for a new round of consolidation in the electronics components distribution market. Though still suffering from the effects of margin pressures, supplier and customer consolidation, commoditization and an almost morbid obsession with design engineers, distributors are about to embark upon the latest in a string of M&A actions that will improve…