Arrow Makes Bid for Chip One Stop

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced that the company will launch an all-cash tender offer to acquire all of the common stock of Japan-based Chip One Stop (TSE:3343) for a purchase price of ¥220,000 per share ($2,857 per share). Chip One Stop has offices throughout Japan and is focused primarily on supplying electronic…

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Systemic Fragility Haunts Europe

If you think the economic and political crisis in the United States is unnerving, you should check out the view across the pond. The mood in Europe is grim. On the streets of European capitals, at family gatherings, and in corporate boardrooms, what could turn out to be the panic of the decade is simmering…

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Ending Latin America’s Digital Divide

Recent statistics from Internet World Stats rank Latin America at the top for Internet user growth over the last decade. Unfortunately, if we consider Internet penetration ratio as a key factor to analyze usage across the globe, the region is ranked at the bottom. LATINCOM 2011, the most important conference on communications in Latin America,…

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Let the China/Taiwan Distribution War Begin

You could have missed the news. A terse, four-paragraph statement from {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} announced its decision to acquire two small Taiwanese electronics component distributors, setting the stage for the inevitable consolidation of the China market. The two companies Avnet bought are quite small, but the implication of the transaction, for what has now become…

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The Robots Are Coming

Reports out earlier this week indicate that {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.}, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing services provider, wants to increase the number of robots at its China facilities to 1 million within three years from about 10,000 currently. This development raises an important question for OEMs: If China is the next great retail market for…

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The Cure for Chronic Inventory Distress

You would think that an industry as numbers-oriented as high-tech would have conquered supply chain management. Clearly, {complink 7426|Gartner Inc.} thinks so. Nine of the companies in its 2011 Supply Chain “Top 25” are high-tech firms. But, in fact, many high-tech supply chain executives privately concede they have major challenges with inventory performance. High-tech businesses…

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Brawling OEMs & a Broken Patents System

A furious scramble for patents is unfolding in the wireless communication sector. OEMs and components vendors are jostling for any differentiating advantage in what is beginning to look and feel like an out-of-control Worldwide Wrestling Federation all-comer smackdown event. Here's how it's going: {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is suing {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.}, which is…

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