Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

WPG to Distribute Micron ICs in the Americas

Micron, a designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced memory and semiconductor technologies and WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia’s number one electronics distributor, announced today that WPGA will handle sales, support and logistics services for Micron’s complete line of memory and advanced products in North and South America, effective…

Shutdown Has Little Impact on Manufacturing

The recent shutdown by the U.S. government did not appear to have an effect on domestic manufacturing activity, according to the nation’s supply executives. A leading indicator of economic growth, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), increased for the fifth straight month to reach 56.4 percent.  A PMI reading above 50 percent…

Distribution: Some Policies No Longer Work

One charter of a trade association is to examine and if possible rectify industry policies and practices that don’t make sense for its members. But there are several issues in the electronics supply chain over which members of the same trade association may never see eye-to-eye. Distributors and suppliers – both members of Electronics Components…

Avnet Taps Buseman for Key Exec Role

Avnet Inc. has named Michael Buseman chief global logistics and operations officer, appointing the EMS industry veteran to the position recently vacated by Gerry Fay who now heads the company’s global electronics components distribution business. Buseman, who joins Avnet from electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Plexus Inc., where he headed the $2 billion revenue company’s…

How Digi-Key Manages Expansion

Leading low-volume high-mix distributor Digi-Key Corp. is gradually expanding into the prototype and low-volume production business. In  Digi-Key Ventures Deeper into Supply Chain,  Electronics Purchasing Strategies managing editor Barbara Jorgensen spoke with Dave Doherty, vice president of Global Supplier and Product Operations for Digi-Key, to find out how Digi-Key is managing this growing venture. In the second part…

Arrow Tool Links Purchasing and Engineering

Ever since the Internet became a factor in the electronics supply chain, companies have been trying to figure out the best use for the web. Distributors in particular had a stake in the process because the Internet was supposedly poised to eliminate the need for a supply chain “middleman.” The channel instead has harnessed the…