Obsolescence Insurance, a New High-Margin Business for EMS Companies

Previous articles have discussed a segmentation of the electronics market called Long Life Cycle(LLC) Products. LLC products are those whose useful life is longer than five years. In a subsequent article, the current state of the electronics ecosystem, and the connection of the LLC market to the AI/IOT mega-trends were also discussed.   Overall, LLC customers…

Flip Electronics, distributor, EOL

Flip Electronics Thrives on the ‘Bleeding Edge’ of Technology

There aren’t may start-ups in electronics distribution, and even fewer that specialize in end-of-life (EOL) components. Flip Electronics has just celebrated its fifth year focusing on the “bleeding edge” of technology. Flip manages EOL parts for component suppliers and customers. “I’d say five years is proof of concept,” said Jason Murphy, Flip’s founder and CEO.…

Supply Chain Outlook Rallies but Concerns Linger

In spite of Covid-19 case numbers rising in the U.S., optimism in the electronics and manufacturing industries is improving.  ECIA’s latest supply chain survey on the impact of the virus points to lessening concern over component supply. Additionally, the U.S. manufacturing  index has increased for 3 consecutive months. Developments over the past month on Main…

Digi-Key, products, shipment

Digi-Key Marketplace Goes ‘Beyond the Board’

Customers of electronics component distributor Digi-Key, which specializes in design and engineering orders, have told the business over the years they’d like to buy more products from Digi-Key. The company has responded. The distributor most recently launched the Digi-Key Marketplace, which significantly expands its product scope into automation and control, IoT, test and measurement, bare…