Top 50 Distributors: Another Year of Stagnant Growth

2016 was another tough year for the franchised electronic components distribution industry in North America. The industry faced several challenges, including shrinking margins, currency fluctuation, and supplier consolidation, which had a significant impact on sales growth. Faced with these challenges, revenues for the top 50 North American franchised distributors fell by three percent, after growing…

Arrow’s Andy King: Building Customer Connections

Andy King has been president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s global components business for a little over six months, half a year or two fiscal quarters. Calendar 2015 was a year the electronics distribution industry was happy to put in its rear-view mirror. According to the EPSNews Top 50 Distributors report, the North American franchised distribution industry grew…

Optimism Rules at EDS

There were no doom and gloom reports for 2016 at the Electronics Distribution Show (EDS) in May. Most electronic component distributors and manufacturers were “cautiously optimistic” about 2016, expecting low- to high-single-digit percentage growth. Many expect to see a repeat of 2015 but have much higher growth expectations for 2017. In 2015, the electronic components…