Digi-Key, Microsemi Expand Distribution Pact

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, has expanded its distribution relationship with Microsemi Corporation to include programmable logic solutions including the company’s SmartFusion® customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) products, low-power field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and…

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Developing the Preferred Parts List

One of the most effective time and labor savers for a product development effort is the use of a selective part list produced from the company's Item Master. In an earlier Best-Practices post, I discussed the Item Master in some detail and promised to write another feature that introduces a subset of the Item Master,…

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Plexus, Kontron Have Manufacturing Deal

NEENAH, Wis. — Plexus Corp. (Nasdaq:PLXS) and Kontron AG (FWB:KBC) today announced their intention to enter into a strategic manufacturing arrangement. Under this proposed arrangement Kontron AG (Kontron) will transition all manufacturing of its Kontron Design Manufacturing Services (M) Sdn. Bhd. subsidiary (KDMS) located in Penang, Malaysia to Plexus Corp. (Plexus), primarily to its Penang…

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Product Support Services Hires Sales Exec

COPPELL, Texas — Product Support Services, Inc. (PSSI), a specialized provider of service supply chain and reverse logistics solutions for the electronics industry, today announced the company has hired Michael Schuler as executive vice president of sales and marketing. Schuler brings more than 30 years of aftermarket services experience to his position at PSSI, where…

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Murata, Future Electronics Expand Agreement

SMYRNA, Ga. — Murata Electronics North America today announced that it has expanded its distribution agreement with Future Electronics, Inc. to include the company’s power solutions offerings. Future Electronics has significant experience in the industrial applications, lighting and energy markets, which is coupled with class-leading sales training, logistical resources and solutions support. This agreement builds…

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Wesco Completes RS Electronics Purchase

PITTSBURGH — WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, today announced that a subsidiary of WESCO Distribution, Inc., has completed the previously announced acquisition of RS Electronics. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive…

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RIM, Yahoo: Knowing When to Fold or Hold

The {complink 6518|Yahoo Inc.} board of directors isn't getting roaring applause from investors for its appointment of PayPal president Scott Thompson as the Internet search engine provider's new CEO. After the announcement of Thompson's appointment, Yahoo's stock price fell 3 percent on Wednesday and continued the decline in pre-market trading on Thursday. Investors, it seems,…

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The Real Phantom Menace

Mark Ellsworth's most recent blog got me thinking (always a bad sign) about the nature of the electronics supply chain. (See: Where Is the Electronics Market Headed in 2012?) This is an industry that's always looking forward, which is part of the reason it is still so vital today. But every once in awhile, a…

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Developing a Path to Procurement Compliance

Recently, I discussed how important compulsory and/or voluntary stakeholder compliance is in procurement technology adoption. After all, compliance bridges the rather large gap between the cost savings that get encoded into strategic supply contracts and spending processes and the savings that actually materialize on a company’s profit line. (See: Driving Savings Starts by Enforcing Compliance.)…

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