German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…

Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly.  Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response to customers’ demand for support beyond engineering orders. It was an early adopter of digital content…

Market Cycles Challenge Electronics Buyers

The electronics industry is changing in fundamental ways and the shifts taking place are raising questions about whether the industry is less cyclical than it used to be. It’s a topic of conversation increasingly being discussed among analysts and corporate executives who are looking at the past as a way to understand today’s electronics landscape.…

Employees Top Sources of Supply Chain Fraud Risk

In the context of the supply chain, the term “fraud” could mean many things: intentional financial errors; misrepresented inventory levels or outright fake products. More than one quarter (28.9 percent) of supply chain professionals polled by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said their organizations experienced supply chain fraud, waste or abuse during the past 12 months.…

Electronics Buyers’ Environmental Role Expands

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is reporting that a growing group of purchasers, including procurement managers in the electronics industry, are increasing their involvement in efforts to collect and share data on environmental risk among their suppliers. Not only has the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) recently teamed with CDP to increase the number of…

Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support

Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the design chain services it is reputed for, noting these will remain at the core of…

Component Distributors Unfazed by Amazon.com

The electronics companies most likely to be affected by Amazon.com/business  — catalog distributors — are not particularly worried about the e-commerce giant’s foray into the b2b components market.  Catalog distributors – and electronics distributors in general –have a number of attributes that provide them a competitive advantage in the high-tech industry. “There are distinct complexities…

2015 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling, Part 2

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a mission-critical component in the supply chain as businesses continue to expand globally. This article, the second of a 2-part…