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What Makes Future Electronics Different?

Future Electronics Inc. isn’t an enigma. Not by a long shot. Many of the electronics components distributor’s suppliers and customers swear by it because it’s reputed for standing by them through the industry’s notorious boom and bust cycles and for offering design and engineering support critical to breaking into new markets and security design-wins. Others…

Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part Two

It’s not a stretch to say Future Electronics Inc. is at the core of Robert Miller’s life. Although he has numerous interests outside of the company, many of these intersect with the distributor’s activities and Miller unabashedly emphasizes that Future, which he founded nearly 50 years ago and built into one of the top 5…

Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part One

Talk about perfect timing. Tracy Sutherland was giving a reporter a tour of Future Electronics Inc. headquarters in Pointe Claire, a suburb of Montreal, Canada, and addressing one of the many myths about Robert Miller, the electronics components distributor’s founder and owner, when the subject of the discussion strolled into the building, seemingly oblivious to…

Prepping the Supply Chain for Internet of Everything

The current estimates for how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the global economy runs into trillions of dollars. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), expects “50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020” and says the activities related to IoT would could amount to $19 trillion “in value” for enterprises and…

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Healthcare Costs Top Manufacturers’ Concerns

Many government initiatives are passed with the best of intentions but with unintended results. In the U.S., small to mid-size manufacturing companies will be spending more on healthcare requirements this year than on expansion and new product development. PrimeAdvantage, a purchasing consortium of small to midsize companies, surveyed its members about their financial expectations for 2014…

Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…