Sager Ramps Up For a Power-Hungry Market

After 128 years in business, Sager Electronics can still mark some “firsts” in its history. Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, is one of those. For the first time, in 2014 and 2015, Sager acquired two companies in less than a year. The specialty distributor has, of course, acquired other companies: in…

America II: Primed and Reloaded for the Franchised World

Brian Ellison is very passionate about his company. He wants the customers, suppliers and employees of America II Electronics to see and understand the dramatic changes the components distributor has engineered in only a few years to reposition itself in the electronics supply chain. In the last weeks Ellison has crisscrossed North America to educate…

The Power and Reach of Distribution

Component distributors are the closest thing the electronics industry has to Superman. That’s backed up by too many facts to be considered flattery. They do all the traditional things their group nomenclature – distributors – connotes but also much more. In fact, the largest distributors perform so many varied services for their customers (OEMs, EMS…

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U.S. Innovation on the Upswing

If design activity is a measure of innovation in the electronics industry – and in most cases it is – U.S. companies are inventing more products this year than last.  Arrow Electronics Inc., which carries hundreds of component brands to hundreds of thousands of OEM customers, saw its design-wins increase by double digits globally in…

Buyers’ Scarcest Commodity? Time

Procurement specialists have to focus on a lot of issues strategic to their organizations. But what is the problem that most bedevils buyers themselves? Time management. PrimeAdvantage, a buying consortium of small and midsize manufacturers, found time was the scarcest commodity among respondents to its 2015 survey. Because of  time limitations, 63 percent of respondents said…

Mouser Doubles Down on Design Engineers

Mouser Electronics Inc. has carved a niche for itself in the electronics components distribution market as a leading facilitator of design services for OEM and EMS engineering teams across the world. In the last several years the company has strengthened operations globally even while expanding product offerings to design engineers in North America, leading to…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

Capturing market share away from one’s known competitors is a time-honored growth strategy for most businesses, particularly when the market is flat. But if a company is too focused on defending its turf, executives say,  it runs the risk of not seeing new competitors coming. Verical.com’s Chief Digital Officer and President Matt Anderson recently told Forbes magazine “… if…

Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

Mexico Leads Latin American Electronics Production

As electronics vendors continue to scout for the best locations to expand their production operations or open new facilities a new study shows that Mexico will continue to lead electronic manufacturing growth in Latin America through 2016. The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation’s biannual report examines the latest trends in Latin America’s…