Digi-Key Powers Up Executive Team for Global Expansion

With annual revenues for 2014 projected at $1.8 billion, over 3,200 employees, nearly half a million customers, 81 localized websites and a daily fulfillment schedule that averages over 16,000 orders per day, Digi-Key Corp.’s leadership team inevitably faces complex challenges and typical operational growing pains in figuring out the best way to scale the business.…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…

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‘Counterfeit’ is Not a Matter of Interpretation

If it weren’t so scary, it would be funny: two different U.S. appeals courts came to two different conclusions about subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act.  Interpreting the language of the law, it seems, is a bit tricky. Interpretation continues to be an issue with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or as I…

Demand Continues For Discretes, Memory and RF Components

The electronics components market continues to show consistency, at least among product lines that are moving upward in leadtimes, pricing, or both. According to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report for July, discretes, memory and RF components continue to see leadtimes stretch out and pricing increase. Leadtimes for discretes are showing a range…

Building Vendor Relationships in Electronics Distribution

A recent survey conducted by Electronic Purchasing Strategies revealed that electronic purchasing professionals spend an average of nearly 7 hours per week interacting or negotiating with vendors.  This was the most hours of any of one particular task. The survey also revealed contracting and maintaining vendor relationships as their primary job role.   Despite a society…

How Will IoT Impact Purchasing?

The Internet of Things (IoT) – which represents a great opportunity for component makers and OEMs in the electronics market – has implications for the millions of users of IoT applications. Purchasing, I’d imagine, is one of those applications. When I look at purchasing issues, I break them into two separate groups: my issues as…

Positive Disruption from IoT Growth Demands Quality Vigilance

The Internet of Things (IoT) news is all around us and ties directly to very promising forecasts of industry-wide growth from devices to components. However, counterfeiters look to times of change as an opportunity to introduce fraudulent parts into supply chains because change also brings companies into unchartered waters. For those who are not aligned…

Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…