Counterfeit Components & the NIMBY* Effect

Sometimes it's easy to forget just how simple it is to set up a business that can traffic in counterfeit components. An article in a Boston-area newspaper provides a great lesson in how a small operation has the potential to do big damage. Yesterday, in Methuen, Mass., local and federal agents raided a private residence…

Asia Buyers Seek Sourcing Security

Although all electronics distributors have systems that track the buying patterns of their customers, catalogue distributors up the ante when it comes to purchasing analytics. Catalogues, which specialize in low-volume engineering orders, often are a launching pad for component makers' new products. Suppliers want to know which parts are taking off, who is buying them,…

Mouser Builds a Better Parts Trap

Buying through authorized channels is supposed to reduce the risk of receiving counterfeit components, yet franchised distributors are among the most active adopters of counterfeit prevention measures. Counterfeit parts can enter authorized channels, and distributors are doing whatever they can to plug holes in the system. Say a “customer” orders 100 parts from an authorized…

Smith & Associates Names Trading VP

HOUSTON — Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, today announced the appointment of Todd Traylor to the role of Vice President of Global Trading. Todd will be responsible for helping manage all aspects of Smith’s global trading programs and initiatives. Todd assumes his new role immediately and reports to Marc Barnhill,…

Anti-Counterfeit Measures Miss the Mark

The US government's most recent defense-related anti-counterfeiting measures are well intended, but they are targeting the wrong links in the supply chain. This merely confirms what many in the electronics supply chain suspect: There is a big gap between the folks who are having a problem and the legislators who try to fix it. According…

1-Source Electronic Gets ISO Certification

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Electronic components distributor 1-Source Electronic Components announced that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. Although 1-Source's business practices have conformed to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard for several years, certification is internationally recognized proof to potential clients and suppliers that the company conform s to the ISO standard for quality.…

America II Gets C-TPAT Certification

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest independent distributors of semiconductors and passive components, has earned C-TPAT certification, which will allow the company to better secure its supply chain while moving products into the United States in a more efficient matter. The C-TPAT (Custom Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program…

World Micro Signs Distribution Deal With Zeus

ATLANTA — World Micro, a global distributor of electronic components serving the electronics, commercial, military, medical, and aerospace markets, announced today that it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with ZEUS Battery Products, of Bloomingdale, IL. The agreement gives World Micro the ability to promote, distribute, and market key battery products throughout the United States,…

World Micro, Sullins Sign Distribution Pact

ATLANTA — World Micro, a global distributor of electronic components serving the electronics, commercial, military, medical, and aerospace markets, announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with Sullins Connector Solutions, a world leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnect systems, located in San Marcos, CA. The agreement gives World Micro…