Avnet Launches Store on Alibaba’s Chinese B2B Site

Avnet Inc. is expanding its offerings in China by launching a super store on Alibaba Group’s China-focused B2B purchasing and wholesale marketplace 1688.com. Through an alliance with Alibaba Cloud, the electronics distributor will also enable services such as IoT prototyping. As China’s largest wholesale platform for industrial products, 1688.com is home to more than 10…

Li-ion, batteries

3 Ways New Li-Ion Transit Rules Impact Small Device Builders

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) is the most commonly used rechargeable battery type in small consumer electronics today. But as demands for smaller devices continue to grow, so does the awareness around the shortcomings of this popular chemistry—namely its propensity to catch fire. Li-ion batteries are classified as hazardous. And as such, stringent regulations regarding their handling and…

The Trouble With Extroverted Execs (and the Upside of Introversion)

Extroverts command attention. They inspire confidence and always make a great first impression. That’s part of why ‘extrovert’ and ‘executive’ have become almost synonymous. There’s no denying that extroverts excel at winning over stakeholders. Recent research suggests, however, that charismatic, energetic extroverts might not always excel at driving results. A new study identifies a link…