Smith & Associates: Independent but Quality Obsessed

Many high-tech companies — and rock bands — are famous for being started in garages.  The $586 million distributor N.F. Smith & Associates had a similar beginning, except it was out of a living room. “Whenever I think about our start-up today, I remember for an eight-year period we had huge challenges: we were undercapitalized,…

Hudak Puts Newark element14 on ‘World Class’ Track

Tom Hudak, who recently took the reins of Chicago-based Newark element14, has three goals for the high-service distributor. He wants Newark element14 to be a great company to do business with, invest in, and work for. To meet these objectives, Hudak is putting plans in place to meet specific goals and metrics that will measure the…

PEI-Genesis Evolves While Maintaining its Niche

Philadelphia-based PEI-Genesis  has a highly-focused business model that the company is taking global.  The specialty distributor provides custom connector and related assemblies with a two-day turnaround. After venturing into the EU in 2001, PEI-Genesis has set its sights on the Asia-Pacific region. (See: It’s Never Too Late For China and PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into…

Top 10 Electronics Supply Chain Risks

The global electronics supply chain will this year confront again some of its old demons and dozens of new ones, ranging from natural disasters to man-made misadventures, management blunders, troubled acquisitions and failing to anticipate and respond to changing market conditions. So far, though, nothing on the horizon indicates the electronics industry should be bracing…

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Micron: Memory IC Outlook ‘Very Favorable’

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is starting 2014 with a boatload of good news for shareholders in terms of its latest financial performance and outlook for the year ahead. The semiconductor manufacturer’s recent quarter results trumped analysts’ average estimates with sales more than doubling year-over-year and gross profit margins surging 7 percentage points sequentially, an…

Xilinx Holds Tightly to FPGA Lead

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is hot with investors and the analyst community. The rating of the semiconductor manufacturer was recently upgraded by several research firms with all of them jacking up their 52-week price target for its stock on the belief that the company is well positioned for near-term growth after notching a technology edge…

America Semiconductor: ‘Start-up’ With a Focus on Distribution

Semiconductor start-ups aren’t quite as common as they were 20 years ago, and even fewer have their roots in New Jersey. But America Semiconductor LLC isn’t a typical start-up. The company entered the semiconductor market with experienced management, solid financing and existing relationships with fabs. Electronics Purchasing Strategies Managing Editor Barbara Jorgensen had the opportunity…

Distributors Invest as Engineers & Buyers Go Online

In a recent article, Avnet Inc. Electronics Marketing Global President Gerry Fay outlined the company’s strategic move to transition more of its offerings online. Fay cited the move as driven by customer preferences: “The idea behind our Web-engagement is that customers want real-time information and we can provide this online.” Avnet’s decision underscores a dramatic…

PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into China

The electronics industry’s expansion into China is far from complete. Companies that did not join the mass migration to the low -cost region in its initial phases have kept a close eye on the market. One of those companies is highly-specialized distributor PEI-Genesis Inc., which has decided it’s time to look at China from the…