Arrow Completes Seed Purchase

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today the successful completion of the acquisition of all of the assets and operations of the distribution business of Seed International Ltd (“Seed”). Seed is headquartered in Beijing, China, and has approximately 200 employees, with 100 in value-added engineering. The company’s sales for the latest fiscal year…

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The Virtues of Vertical Integration

I am in the business of price benchmarking and cost reduction, but even so, I am amazed at what supply chain professionals have achieved. With specials and deals of all kinds during the holiday season, it is astounding the value that is being passed on to customers at very low prices in electronic products. Thirty-two-inch…

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6 Strategic Options for RIM

I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but the lively discussion last week about whether {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} might be an acquisition target makes it worth our while to take another look at the company's near-term future. (See: RIM’s Struggle to Succeed.) In case you missed the newsfeed or some of…

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Social Media Intrigue

The walls separating our personal lives from our business activities are coming down faster than we can rebuild them. I wouldn't blame this enitrely on the advent of social media, but the line separating private and business activities began fading even more rapidly as individuals started exchanging information via outlets like {complink 10867|Facebook} and {complink…

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Rambus, Broadcom Reach Licensing Deal

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, announced today it has signed a patent license agreement with Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM). This agreement covers the use of Rambus patented innovations in a broad range of integrated circuit (IC) products offered by Broadcom. In addition, the two companies have settled…

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Resilience in Complex Supply Networks

As extended supply chains in the high-tech industry continue to straddle multiple geographies, new vulnerabilities get introduced. Each additional supplier, manufacturing site, or distribution center is a potential failure point in the extended network, and large disruptions can have significant impact on revenue, customer experience, and brand loyalty. Natural disasters over the past few years…

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TTI Names New Marketing Director

FORT WORTH, Texas — TTI, Inc. announced today the appointment of Paula Renfrow to the position of Director of Marketing. Renfrow replaces 24-year veteran, Tim Scott, who will retire from TTI at the end of January. Renfrow has held a number of operations management positions with technology manufacturing marketing companies and is no stranger to…

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Digi-Key’s Guide to Social Media Success

Electronics components distributor {complink 12799|Digi-Key Corp.} generates about 98 percent of revenue through its Website. So it makes sense that the company buys in to a pretty extensive social media and search engine marketing strategy. Tony Harris, the company's chief marketing officer, declined to disclose the company's marketing budget, but analyzing the extent of the…

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