Hudak Puts Newark element14 on ‘World Class’ Track

Tom Hudak, who recently took the reins of Chicago-based Newark element14, has three goals for the high-service distributor. He wants Newark element14 to be a great company to do business with, invest in, and work for. To meet these objectives, Hudak is putting plans in place to meet specific goals and metrics that will measure the…

PEI-Genesis Evolves While Maintaining its Niche

Philadelphia-based PEI-Genesis  has a highly-focused business model that the company is taking global.  The specialty distributor provides custom connector and related assemblies with a two-day turnaround. After venturing into the EU in 2001, PEI-Genesis has set its sights on the Asia-Pacific region. (See: It’s Never Too Late For China and PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into…

Supply Chain 2014: Avnet’s Analysis

The electronics supply chain of course hopes that demand for products will pick up in 2014. But components and systems are only part of the story. A well-managed supply chain can cut costs and help increase profits for global electronics companies. Avnet Inc. recently shared some insights on 2014 expectations for the supply chain. According…

Readers Weigh in on Xilinx-Flex Suit

Many readers have weighed in about the Xilinx-Flextronics suit (See: Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale and The Multiple Dangers of Component Resale) and have made a number of good points I’d like to share here. First, it does not appear that the channel, authorized or independent,  was involved in the transaction. Although…

Component Trends: Movement in Leadtimes & Pricing

There’s been a little movement in component lead times and prices since the end of the third quarter, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of December. In discrete semiconductors, logic and memory products, leadtimes are beginning to stretch and prices are inching up from the prior month. In discretes,…

Distributors Invest as Engineers & Buyers Go Online

In a recent article, Avnet Inc. Electronics Marketing Global President Gerry Fay outlined the company’s strategic move to transition more of its offerings online. Fay cited the move as driven by customer preferences: “The idea behind our Web-engagement is that customers want real-time information and we can provide this online.” Avnet’s decision underscores a dramatic…

PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into China

The electronics industry’s expansion into China is far from complete. Companies that did not join the mass migration to the low -cost region in its initial phases have kept a close eye on the market. One of those companies is highly-specialized distributor PEI-Genesis Inc., which has decided it’s time to look at China from the…

Fay Takes the Helm: What’s next for Avnet EM?

Gerry Fay takes on the role of global president at Avnet Inc.’s Electronics Marketing (EM) group at an interesting time in distribution’s history. The rampant consolidation of the 1990s has tapered off; offshoring has been around for a few years; and electronics continue to proliferate in new applications and new markets. But the market is…