Who Are Those Guys?

The economy is still sluggish, and we know who to blame — sort of. We can't quite put our finger on the culprit. Deep within the greatest economic system ever devised, there lurks a gnawing parasite that devours the nourishment of capitalism from within. Every day, almost complacently, our captains of industry invoke this dark…

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The Constant Battle to Provide Value

The distribution industry has several distinct business models for a reason: Every customer profile is different. DIY-ers, labs, hobbyists, and small and emerging customers most often turn to catalogue distributors for low-volume engineering orders. Though some houses still publish paper catalogues, others that specialize in the low-volume, high-mix order profile prefer the term “high-service distributor.”…

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Crack Opens in Apple’s Tablet Armor

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} experienced a sharp drop in tablet marketshare in the third quarter. Its growth trailed the overall industry expansion rate as consumers waited for the debut of the mini iPad and pressure continued from Samsung and other rivals, according to a research report from IDC. In the third quarter, Apple shipped 14 million…

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Surviving & Thriving in a Downturn, Part 1

Distribution isn't for sissies. That was clear to the hardy entrepreneurs who pioneered the sector in the 1920s by offering parts to the nascent radio industry. Their successors today at the industry's leading players have also learned that playing in a highly cyclical market like electronics requires constant flexibility and vigilance combined with the willingness…

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Conflict Minerals: Electronic Firms Aren’t Slacking on Compliance

The global marketing and analytics company IHS Corp. recently issued a press release titled “Vast Majority of Electronic Companies Not Yet Ready for U.S. Conflict Minerals Law.” IHS surveyed large electronic original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and found 90 percent haven't yet produced the necessary data, declarations, or documentation needed to fulfill regulatory requirements. Only 11.3…

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