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Amazon.com Expands Stake in Electronics Components

First it was AmazonBusiness, which offers online buying and selling of electronics components. Now, as a number of news outlets have reported, Amazon.com is making semiconductors. According to The Verge: An Israeli company acquired by Amazon last year has announced a new line of semiconductors, marking Amazon’s first foray into the chipmaking market. The company,…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

Capturing market share away from one’s known competitors is a time-honored growth strategy for most businesses, particularly when the market is flat. But if a company is too focused on defending its turf, executives say,  it runs the risk of not seeing new competitors coming. Verical.com’s Chief Digital Officer and President Matt Anderson recently told Forbes magazine “… if…

2 Acquisitions in 2 Years: Sager Buys Norvell

When several now-global distributors were busy gobbling up competitors in the 1990s, Sager Electronics maintained its laser-focus on its specialty products – IP&E—and its position in the Americas market. Although not historically acquisitive, Sager – with its announcement it would acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, — has made its second acquisition in…

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It’s Official: Amazon is Selling Components

The announcement heralds “convenience, business-only selection and pricing and free two-day shipping.” “Catalog distributor” you say? Nope.  Amazon.com/business, which was announced today. In many ways, it’s the distribution industry’s worst nightmare. To date, the esoteric, complex and often-expensive electronics components that engineers use to design high-tech products were sold predominantly directly from suppliers or through…

Study: Supply Chain Leaders Invest Heavily in Tech

Effectively reaching rapidly-developing emerging markets is often a challenge for businesses that require bricks as well as clicks. For example, unlike the travel industry – where an inventory of airline seats or hotel rooms is literally virtual – the electronics industry requires its inventory to stored and physically moved around the globe. Technology, of course, has…

Newark element14 Moves HQ

Chicago, Ill. – Newark element14, a Chicago-based high-service distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions, has relocated its Americas headquarters from Ravenswood to the West Loop. The tech company’s new offices are located at 300 S. Riverside Plaza in Suite 2200. “We’re thrilled with our move to a new and inspiring office space and look forward…

Newark element14 Expands Bivar Offering

Chicago, Ill. – Newark element14 announces the availability of the new PM5-M124 series of metal panel mount indicators from Bivar, a leading provider of LED indication products. The PM5-M124 indicators use smart sensing technology to automatically detect and adjust to appropriate light output and intensity in ambient lighting conditions. The LED automatically dims in low lighting environments and brightens…