IP&E Users Get Creative as Component Shortages Linger

Editor’s note: The most ubiquitous components in any electronics design – interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) devices – are in the midst of an unprecedented supply shortage. What distinguishes this scarcity from others is the broad base of markets that are desperate for IP&E.  OEMs are facing idle production lines while they wait for devices…

Smith & Associates Appoints Chief Globalization Officer

Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the appointment of Mark Bollinger to the role of Chief Globalization Officer. In this newly created position, Bollinger will oversee the administration of Smith & Associates’ international offices. As Smith expands and develops its worldwide business, the company is finding it increasingly important…

Smith & Associates Appoints New CFO

Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the appointment of Jason C. Fowler to the role of Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Fowler will oversee Smith & Associates’ global financial operations as the company expands its services and worldwide reach. Before joining the company, Fowler spent most of his…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

Smith & Associates Introduces Expanded Cost Savings Program

Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the launch of its expanded purchase price variance (PPV) cost savings program and accompanying informational campaign. This campaign, which uses the medium of vintage-style comic books and advertisements, will provide Smith a lighthearted way to promote a serious service for electronics manufacturers. Smith’s…

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…

Achieving a Return on Corporate Sustainability Management

Growing concerns around energy generation, water shortages, flooding and rising sea levels present some significant challenges that demand attention in order to mitigate disruption risks due to potentially crippling supply chain events.  The semiconductor industry, and especially chip manufacturing, is particularly at risk of disruption and crises due to these mounting environmental challenges. While environmental…