counterfiets, electronics, components

Counterfeit Reports Fell in 2017; 2018 Trend Unclear

Incidents of counterfeit electronic components dropped dramatically in 2017, according to ERAI Inc., a global organization that monitors, investigates, and reports issues affecting the supply chain. ERAI reported a total of 771 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts in 2017, which shows a marked decline from prior years. The organization is cautious, however, about drawing too…

Hybrid Distribution Model Proliferates

Whether it’s called the open market, independent or non-franchised distribution, the channel that buys and sells excess and obsolete electronic component inventory has changed. A growing number of companies in this niche have ratcheted up their procurement and quality-control practices to the extent that component suppliers and many OEM customers acknowledge independents as a vital…

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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…

Another Year, Another Counterfeit Case

Another year, another counterfeiter. The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced in December that component distributor Jeffrey Warga, 61, of North Kingstown, R.I., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Judge in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. What is particularly notable about this…

Evolving Distribution Models Defy Classification

The electronics distribution industry has evolved to the point that the old monikers used to differentiate companies no longer apply. Distributors that used to print phonebook-sized tomes of component specs now do the bulk of their business online. “Catalog” no longer describes distributors that specialize in low-volume high-mix component orders. Now, “independent,” which was used…