America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

5 Top Purchasing Best Practices for the Ages

Editor’s note: This article first ran in 2014 and these recommendations remain ageless. There’s nothing quite like the fresh slate of a brand new year to make buyers think about their current practices and how they can be improved, upgraded, or even completely replaced. If you’re looking to implement one or more best practices this…

Top 7 ‘Crimes’ Committed Often by Purchasing

I was speaking with my Purchasing Manager last week; Patrick is a very capable and effective purchasing professional who has become addicted to Lytica’s fast track cost reduction methods. We discussed surprising things that we have seen in procurement which we label as “crimes” because they rob shareholders of value. In no particular order, I’d…

Counterfeiters Give ‘Blacktopping’ a Bad Name

In the semiconductor industry, “blacktopping” doesn’t mean paving roads or sealing cracks in an old driveway; it’s resurfacing a semiconductor component to display new information such as date codes. Unfortunately, blacktopping is getting a bad rap because counterfeiters use this practice as a way to disguise devices as “real” when, in fact, they are the product…

Apple China Hire Links Engineering & Sourcing

Apple Inc. is reportedly hiring more than 600 engineers and supply chain professionals in China as the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer by market value responds to growing challenges from a swarm of competitors threatening its once unrivalled domination of the smartphone and tablet PC markets. News reports indicate Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is adding engineers…

Ecliptek Unveils Search Tool for Buyers, Designers

EXCLUSIVE — Ecliptek Corp. has launched a new parts search tool to help its customers — both purchasers and designers — to quickly find the frequency control parts they need based on their individual design priorities. The SmartSearch tool allows customers to quickly search through Ecliptek’s database of more than two million part numbers based…

Tips for Building a ‘Smarter’ Supply Chain

Supply chains move goods, but they run on information. The global, interconnected and technology-enabled supply chain operates like a giant neural network, carrying ‘signals’ at lightning speed throughout the network. Creating this neural network has improved efficiency, reduced costs, expanded commerce, accelerated product flows and created all kinds of value. But the network is only…

Logistics Providers: ITDS Will Cut Red Tape

Major logistics services providers UPS and FedEx have publically applauded the adoption of the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a  “single window”  through which businesses can electronically transmit  the data required by  U.S. Government agencies to import or export cargo. An executive order on the ITDS was signed last week. Carriers say the ITDS will…