Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

Chip Makers Tap Emerging-Market Opportunities

Spring is bringing new growth to global markets at a sustainable pace, which is exciting for the supply chain. Europe, like North America, is showing real signs of a return of consumer confidence and foreign investment. Meanwhile, many of the emerging economies are also gaining momentum, although some remain clouded in political issues, like Russia; and…

April Component Trends: Return to Stability

Although electronics components saw a little movement in leadtimes and pricing in the month of March, April — with a few exceptions– is trending back toward stability. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, discretes and memory are two categories worth keeping an eye on. Leadtimes in discrete components are stretching out to as much…

Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part Two

It’s not a stretch to say Future Electronics Inc. is at the core of Robert Miller’s life. Although he has numerous interests outside of the company, many of these intersect with the distributor’s activities and Miller unabashedly emphasizes that Future, which he founded nearly 50 years ago and built into one of the top 5…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…

America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

Counterfeit Vulnerability: We’re All in the Same Boat

Smith & Associates recently compiled the full report of responses from this year’s annual Global Supply Chain Survey, which considers a number of core topics that shape the semiconductor and electronics industry, including: challenges and concerns, component demand trends,  counterfeit vulnerability and mitigation strategies, sustainability, influential technologies, and the role of independent distributors. Among the…