Arrow Acquires Global Link Technology

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that the company has acquired Global Link Technology, Inc. (“Global Link”), a provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Global Link offers a number of EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while ensuring compliance with local and national data…

Don’t Yield on Green

If you were to ask a room full of corporate executives how they felt about environmental conservation, I think they would all express great concern and a desire to “do the right thing.” But as many companies struggle in today's economy to stay afloat, there is a prevailing uncertainty about whether it is possible to…

Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain

As Douglas Kent of {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} recently told a Webinar audience, sustainability has a floating definition. In the context of manufacturing and environmental responsibility, sustainability can best be explained as a holistic approach to product development. From design through end of life, a sustainable product spares the environment, as well as the manufacturer's bottom…

Data Overload Crimps Green Efforts

Many environmental compliance experts talk about unintended consequences. For example, when a hazardous material is eliminated from a product, its replacement may eventually prove just as bad. The amount of paperwork the overall green effort generates may be one such consequence. Much of the correspondence in the electronics industry is, of course, electronic. But the…

Green Design: A Fad, or a Real Business Opportunity?

I remember a few years ago when the “go green” bug bit many electronics companies, and all sorts of save-the-Earth buzzwords were trending. Everyone was talking about sustainability, eco-friendly production, carbon footprint-tracking, and, yes, greener component and device design. Even though I had hoped that the industry would own up to some of these environmental…

Arrow Acquires EAD Provider Redemtech

{complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.} is continuing to expand its presence in the electronics after-market services business. The Englewood, Colo.-based global distributor has agreed to acquire Columbus, Ohio-based Redemtech, Inc., a $60 million provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Redemtech provides EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while…

Audits Reduce Eco-Compliance Pain

Businesses are more than ever under pressure to go green, eliminate hazardous materials from products, comply with global environmental sustainability regulations, and prove to customers they are doing all of the above. But, as many high-tech companies have discovered, maintaining “good corporate citizenship” status when it comes to the environment goes well beyond promises and…

The Dilemma of Growth vs. Green

Sustaining one industry can result in the depletion of another. Maintaining a balanced supply against a balanced demand is a counterintuitive concept. Manufacturers want a higher demand than current supply, and distributors would like to see a higher book-to-bill ratio. However, is it possible to sustain that growth without taking more out of the environment…

The Many Faces of Environmental Rules

Just when the supply chain thought it had the EU's Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) figured out, along came the RoHS recast. The update clarified a number of vagaries in the original version but also expanded the scope of the mandate to include a wider range of electronic equipment. (See: Revised RoHS Directive Adopted in…