America II: From Independent to Blended to Global Distributor

Over the past two years, America II has evolved into what it calls a “blended distribution” model, combining the strategies of both franchised and independent distribution. The St. Petersburg, Fla.- based company started out 25 years ago as an independent distributor focusing on component shortages and now has more than 50 franchises as it works…

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Does Vishay Need a New, Growth Formula?

One decade after it began a series of acquisitions aimed at boosting sales and profit expansion Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is still struggling to find the right formula for differentiating itself in one of the most competitive and growth-challenged segments of the electronics components market. The company has made many acquisitions and broadened its product offerings…

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Samsung Threatens Intel’s Leadership Position in Q2

Although Intel retains its title as the leading semiconductor supplier in sales, Samsung shrunk Intel’s lead to 16 percent in the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, according IC Insight’s August Update. In 2014, Intel’s semiconductor sales were 36 percent greater than Samsung’s revenues. However, IC Insights analysts believe it will be tough for Samsung to…

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Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

When the Internet first enabled b2b e-commerce, companies that wanted to buy and sell electronics components tried a lot of different models. Marketplaces similar to Amazon.com appeared that displayed parts for sale (called OPI—other peoples’ inventory) no matter where the parts were located. Auction sites posted inventory (the eBay model) and allowed buyers to bid.…

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METZ Connect Inks Global Deal With Future Electronics

METZ CONNECT, manufacturer of PCB mount terminal blocks, board-to-board connectors, RJ45 jacks, USB ports, industrial Ethernet connection systems including M12 Ethernet, intelligent electronic components and data cabling solutions, has announced the addition of Future Electronics as a Global Distributor for METZ CONNECT. Future Electronics is a worldwide leader in electronic components distribution, and is recognized…

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Smith & Associates Introduces Expanded Cost Savings Program

Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the launch of its expanded purchase price variance (PPV) cost savings program and accompanying informational campaign. This campaign, which uses the medium of vintage-style comic books and advertisements, will provide Smith a lighthearted way to promote a serious service for electronics manufacturers. Smith’s…

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