CDM Electronics Expands Power Connector Offerings

CDM Electronics, a premier authorized distributor of electronic connectors and cables, said it has significantly expanded its MIL-DTL-55116 (part #M55116) audio frequency connectors and MIL-DTL-55181 (part #M55181) mid-range power connectors.  CDM is an authorized stocking distributor for the complete line of TacCom connectors, and accepts online orders for prototype as well as production quantities. The…

Another Wrinkle in Xilinx-Flextronics Suit

The lawsuit between FPGA supplier Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) and EMS Flextronics International (NASDAQ:FLEX) has brought to the surface several points of contention in the supply chain, including the resale of electronics components and the risk of counterfeit parts. Now, court documents related to the suit are pressing another hot button in the channel: the issue…

6 Obstacles to Achieving Cost-Reduction Goals

Lytica Inc. tracks current prices paid – not distributor website prices – on about one million electronic components and uses this information to assess our clients’ spending competitiveness and estimate appropriate pricing for their worst price components. In many cases, we assist customers in implementing better pricing in their supply chain. From this vantage point…

Procurement Set to Trim the Fat – Again

Hey buyers — Does anyone remember what your priorities were for 2013? Do the words “flexibility” and “resilience” ring a bell? Guess what? Your new top job is cutting costs. The Institute of Supply Management — which represents purchasing professionals across all major industries — surveyed about 500 of its members. The No. 1 concern among buyers isn’t…

Distributors Invest as Engineers & Buyers Go Online

In a recent article, Avnet Inc. Electronics Marketing Global President Gerry Fay outlined the company’s strategic move to transition more of its offerings online. Fay cited the move as driven by customer preferences: “The idea behind our Web-engagement is that customers want real-time information and we can provide this online.” Avnet’s decision underscores a dramatic…

Becoming & Staying a Leader: the Agilent Way

Although the company announced the split in September, the Board and senior management team at Agilent Technologies impress me for giving their shareholders and employees such a great Christmas gift. As announced, this great company will split into two separate units; one focused on life sciences and the other on test and measurement.  I like…