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Double Ordering of Electronic Components Hits ‘All-Time High’

Although the electronics supply chain has been dancing around the issue of double ordering for several quarters, a recent Morgan Stanley report finds there’s been a “significant uptick” in double ordering that has extended component lead times even further. Evidence of double ordering also has analysts questioning the sustainability of the current component-demand upcycle. “To…

America II: From Independent to Blended to Global Distributor

Over the past two years, America II has evolved into what it calls a “blended distribution” model, combining the strategies of both franchised and independent distribution. The St. Petersburg, Fla.- based company started out 25 years ago as an independent distributor focusing on component shortages and now has more than 50 franchises as it works…

How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel

The likely effects of the Intel/Altera merger are far-reaching, but there are important themes that cross channel lines and speak to the continuity of industry trends. The viewpoint from the independent distribution channel, for example, is unique.  Different channel partners are, naturally, anticipating different changes to their supplier-distributor relationships and likely will see increases in…

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Amazon.com Gets High Marks — But Not For Components

Amazon.com’s announcement that it has established a b2b site which, among other supplies, will be selling components has been met with skepticism from a number of decision makers in the electronics supply chain. The main concerns cited by participants in a LinkedIn discussion moderated by ERAI are traceability of parts and the possibility of defects.…

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Traceability: A Counterfeiting Panacea or a Cure?

Discussions regarding counterfeit electronics components almost inevitably come around to finger-pointing: if a bogus part enters the supply chain it is distribution’s fault; or independent distribution’s; or the buyer’s; or a situation that require buyers to go outside the authorized channel; or COTS programs; or an EMS. Original component manufacturers (OCMs) and OEMs are rarely involved in…

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‘Counterfeit’ is Not a Matter of Interpretation

If it weren’t so scary, it would be funny: two different U.S. appeals courts came to two different conclusions about subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act.  Interpreting the language of the law, it seems, is a bit tricky. Interpretation continues to be an issue with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or as I…

Building Vendor Relationships in Electronics Distribution

A recent survey conducted by Electronic Purchasing Strategies revealed that electronic purchasing professionals spend an average of nearly 7 hours per week interacting or negotiating with vendors.  This was the most hours of any of one particular task. The survey also revealed contracting and maintaining vendor relationships as their primary job role.   Despite a society…

Smith & Associates: Independent but Quality Obsessed

Many high-tech companies — and rock bands — are famous for being started in garages.  The $586 million distributor N.F. Smith & Associates had a similar beginning, except it was out of a living room. “Whenever I think about our start-up today, I remember for an eight-year period we had huge challenges: we were undercapitalized,…