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Electronics Leads August’s Red-Hot Factory Activity

Following a slight cool-down period in July, the nation’s factory activity is running hot. The Institute for Supply Management’s domestic production index, the PMI, grew by 3.2 percentage points to reach 61.3 in August. Any number above 50 indicates expansion. Moreover, the ISM’s leading sub-indexes, new orders and production, surged. New orders registered 65.1 percent, an…

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Arrow: From Top Distributor to Enabler of All Things High-Tech

Arrow Electronics Inc. sits today atop the distribution market. Victorious and, for the first time, alone. CEO Michael Long should savor the moment. Except, he has loftier goals. Arrow wants to be a solutions and technology platform offering data, design, engineering, product development, software, supply chain and other services to the global economy. This is…

How Engineers View Demand Creation

Engineers should be thrilled by all the attention they’re getting these days. Component makers, manufacturer’s reps and now distributors have all pledged to be the designer’s best friend. The industry’s’ two largest distributors, Avnet Inc. and Arrow Electronics Inc., have invested heavily in field applications engineers (FAEs) and in the maker movement — Arrow has…

Supply Chain Goals Misaligned with Execution

An optimal supply chain relies on alignment – between supply and demand, or goals and execution – for success. But a recent report has found a significant misalignment between the business objectives of a strategic supply chain and the resources dedicated toward achieving that goal. Of 250 senior manufacturing executives polled by GT Nexus, which…

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.…

Electronics Companies Go Green; ITAD and the Environment

In today’s age, it’s hard to deny the impact humans are having on the environment. It’s nearly impossible to refute the evidence of climate change. Being socially aware and responsible is no longer the work of scientists and environmental groups, but rather a growing expectation for both individuals and companies. There is a difference between…

Distribution: Masters of Problem-Solving

As electronics component sales and service organizations, distributors assist customers in a variety of ways. Master Electronics of Santa Monica, CA, prefers to call its role “problem-solving.” “We will do anything at this company that makes business sense for ourselves and the customer,” says Riad Nizam, vice president of sales for Master Electronics. “If you…