Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

America II: From Independent to Blended to Global Distributor

Over the past two years, America II has evolved into what it calls a “blended distribution” model, combining the strategies of both franchised and independent distribution. The St. Petersburg, Fla.- based company started out 25 years ago as an independent distributor focusing on component shortages and now has more than 50 franchises as it works…

Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

When the Internet first enabled b2b e-commerce, companies that wanted to buy and sell electronics components tried a lot of different models. Marketplaces similar to Amazon.com appeared that displayed parts for sale (called OPI—other peoples’ inventory) no matter where the parts were located. Auction sites posted inventory (the eBay model) and allowed buyers to bid.…

Arrow Partners with Resurgent on EOL Parts

Centennial, Colo.—Component obsolescence is a fact of life in the electronics industry. While it used to primarily affect OEM customers in long lifecycle industries that is no longer the case. In a move to help OEM customers better manage end-of-life (EOL) semiconductors, Arrow Electronics, Inc. is collaborating with Resurgent Semiconductor to provide its customers with access…

Purchasers: Guardians of the Production Galaxy

The world of components buying is fraught with risks. Even the newest electronics components buyer at a contract manufacturer or OEM knows the terrain is riddled with dangerous obstacles ranging from non-optimal pricing conditions to delivery bottlenecks and the more intractable challenge of dodging counterfeit parts to ensure the supply chain doesn’t become corrupt. Those…

ECIA Paper Compares Anti-Counterfeit Standards

The alphabet soup that is part of counterfeit-avoidance is difficult enough; poring through the available standards almost requires a scorecard. The ECIA has done some of the work for the industry in comparing the final rule from the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS), which added. section 252.246-7007 Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System;…

Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…

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Chip Mergers: For Arrow, So Far, So Good

So far, Intel Corp.’s acquisition of Altera Corp. has not affected either supplier’s relationship with global distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. Although neither company was mentioned by name, Arrow CEO Mike Long told analysts on a quarterly conference call this week that consolidation in the semiconductor market — which also includes NXP/Freescale and Avago/Broadcom — has…

Why is Distribution Outperforming Suppliers?

This past financial quarter has driven home the adage that business concentration among a few large customers has its downside.  For example, although Apple Inc. sold almost 48 billion iPhones in Q2, many of its suppliers – according to CNN and others – were “getting crushed:” Just look at Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which makes micro chips…

Lindsley Ruth: From Now it’s ‘Customer First’ at Electrocomponents

Lindsley Ruth is recruiting at Electrocomponents Plc but only visionary executives prepared to do whatever it will take to exceed customer expectations should apply. Several months into his tenure as Group CEO of the British components distributor, Ruth is casting his eyes over the industry landscape, searching for inspired leaders who can help re-energize the…