10 Tips for Avoiding Counterfeit Components

Everyone agrees counterfeiting poses a threat to the health of the electronics supply chain. Previously, I have focused on the extent of the problem, the roles of the different players in the supply chain, and how the industry keeps seeing independent distributors as the main culprits. (See: Don’t Blame Independent Distributors Alone for Fake Parts,…

Countering Counterfeits

Counterfeiting is a major problem for the electronics industry. That much is well known and acknowledged by everyone with a stake in the market. The good news is that the industry has been taking steps to combat the problem with some success. As mentioned in our previous post, Kristal Snyder and the Electronic Resellers Association…

World Micro Fully ESD Certified in Asia

ATLANTA, Ga. — World Micro, Inc., a global supplier of electronic components, announced today that the company's newly opened distribution hub in Penang, Malaysia, has been awarded its ANSI/ESD-S20.20 ESD certification for having in place appropriate procedures and controls to deal with electrostatic discharge. The certification completes all requirements for World Micro's Malaysia facility to…

World Micro Opens Asian Hub in Penang

ATLANTA, Ga. & PENANG, Malaysia — Electronics distributor World Micro, Inc., has sealed an agreement with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), the statutory body responsible for the development of the Northern Corridor Economic Region of Malaysia (“Koridor Utara”, or NCER) to formalize the opening of its Asian distribution hub in Penang, Malaysia. Besides three…

Mission Debriefing: EDS

For those of you not familiar with EDS, it is every bit a mission to seek out new lines of business and to fit more meetings into a three-day event than the human biological clock can reasonably handle. This year, there were some marked differences at EDS: There was no keynote event that brought all…

America II to Distribute AMIC Memory

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest independent distributors of semiconductors and passive components, has finalized an authorized distribution agreement with AMIC Technology Corporation, a world-class manufacturer of memory ICs. “One of our goals is to continue building a robust line card,” said Jim Magee, President at America II…

Who Warrantees the Products You Buy?

One of the key advantages to buying components through an authorized distributor is the pass-through warranty. In other words, an authorized distributor can automatically guarantee the same quality and support of a product as the original manufacturer. This is a key differentiator in the channel for authorized distributors — while other channels will take back…

What’s in a Name, Part 2

Business models change with the industry. In the electronics supply chain, distributors evolve along with their customers' demands, as well as their suppliers'. As a result, some of the terms used to describe channel players — broadline, specialty, franchised, independent, catalogue, etc. — may be too narrow to fit a distributor's actual role in the…