Purchasers: Guardians of the Production Galaxy

The world of components buying is fraught with risks. Even the newest electronics components buyer at a contract manufacturer or OEM knows the terrain is riddled with dangerous obstacles ranging from non-optimal pricing conditions to delivery bottlenecks and the more intractable challenge of dodging counterfeit parts to ensure the supply chain doesn’t become corrupt. Those…

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Chip Mergers: For Arrow, So Far, So Good

So far, Intel Corp.’s acquisition of Altera Corp. has not affected either supplier’s relationship with global distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. Although neither company was mentioned by name, Arrow CEO Mike Long told analysts on a quarterly conference call this week that consolidation in the semiconductor market — which also includes NXP/Freescale and Avago/Broadcom — has…

Why is Distribution Outperforming Suppliers?

This past financial quarter has driven home the adage that business concentration among a few large customers has its downside.  For example, although Apple Inc. sold almost 48 billion iPhones in Q2, many of its suppliers – according to CNN and others – were “getting crushed:” Just look at Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which makes micro chips…

Arrow Launches IoT Boot Camp

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (ARW) has announced it is collaborating with Skookum Digital Works to offer the “Innovation Launch Pad,” a five-day, immersive-learning “boot camp” for companies looking to bring innovative and profitable “Internet of Things” (IoT) ideas to market. “IoT is poised to disrupt entire business models and industries, but companies looking to bring innovative…

Verical Redesigns Website

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced the redesign of Verical.com, the company’s online electronics components superstore. The redesigned Verical.com features a new homepage with an easy-access parts search, mobile compatibility, multilingual accessibility and more prominent information about the manufacturers selling warrantied, traceable parts through the site. “At Arrow, we work in the world of five…

Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees. During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the…

German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…

Arrow Adds B&K Precision Line

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced it has added the full suite of B&K Precision testing and measurement products to its line card. B&K Precision’s core products include power supplies and DC electronic loads, signal generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, component and device testers, multimeters and a variety of test and measurement accessories. “Arrow is excited…

Cypress & Arrow Announce Design Challenge Winner

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Arrow Electronics have announced the winners of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, a global design competition that had engineers prototype new Internet of Things applications using Cypress’s PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit. The winner is Chuck Swiger of Charleston, W.V., whose electric bicycle data collection and logging system claimed the $2,500 grand…