Avnet Doubles Down on Temporary Turmoil; Will it Work?

Perhaps Avnet Inc. should not have built a technology system sales and support unit to complement its core electronics components distribution operation but by agreeing to sell the division to Tech Data the company has layered on another level of complexity to an already challenged business, thereby increasing the likelihood of a major misstep that…

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Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds

With the industry scrambling to match Apple's wireless earbuds, adding Valencell Inc.'s tiny PerformTek biometric measurement module to an earbud goes beyond Apple's newly announced AirPods. AirPods house a single microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer as a sensor. In contrast, PerformTek adds to biometric sensors already fine-tuned for health-care caliber performance metrics for sports, fitness and…

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Electronics Distribution No Longer a Two-Horse Race

At the end of the year, Avnet Inc., the longtime global revenue leader in combined components and systems sales, is going to look very different from the company that recently celebrated more than 60 years in the electronics distribution business. $26.2 billion Avnet and its nearest competitor Arrow Electronics Inc., with sales of $23.28 billion…

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Build Your Procurement Career Muscle in Five Minutes a Day

The world of procurement is progressing, fast, and it's fundamental we keep up. Globalization and technological change are disrupting every aspect of our profession. Procurement professionals are expected to have an ever-broader skillset and are shouldering more responsibility. Deloitte's annual global supply chain survey revealed that supply chain executives need talent with leadership and professional…

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Electrocomponents: Stabilized, Growing and Ready for Acquisitions

Electrocomponents PLC is getting closer to where Lindsley Ruth wants the company to be when he joined as group CEO nearly 18 months ago. Last week, the electronics components distributor announced financial results that appear to justify a recent management overhaul, product realignment and other strategic reorganization actions initiated in mid-2015. Analysts, shareholders and other…

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Zollner Partners with Plug and Play to Pair Innovation with World-class Manufacturing in Health & Fitness, Smart Home and Mobility Markets

Zollner, the world’s largest privately owned EMS company with facilities in Silicon Valley, Costa Rica and throughout the world, has partnered with Plug and Play, a global startup ecosystem and venture fund specializing in the development of early-to-growth stage technology startups. The partnership will provide technology startups with a real insight into the complexities of taking…

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Autonomous Vehicles Take to the Roads

This year, some automakers started offering semi-autonomous driving under certain circumstances. In the not too distant future, these same types of technology will likely be part of every electronic OEMs logistics planning.  Automation of cars and trucks have the potential to increase safety and affordability of transportation, and will allow more cars to navigate the…

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