Suppliers and Distributors Realign as Market Pressures Shift

Seismic shifts don’t happen all at once. Year by year there’s a little movement, a little resistance, sudden realignment, then aftershocks. It’s an apt metaphor for the electronics distribution industry, where there’s continual movement amongst customers, suppliers and competitors. Key events during 2016 are beginning to change the landscape for the Top 50 Distributors of…

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…

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…

Top 50 Distributors: Market Leaders

The top 50 North American Electronics Distributors Report ranks the leading distributors by revenue, sales growth, and sales breakdown by component category. The report reveals which distributors hold the largest North American market share by semiconductors, passive/electromechanical devices, interconnects, and computer products. It also ranks distributors by the highest productivity levels, based on sales per…

Top 50: Distribution Returns to Growth in 2014

The North American (NA) distribution industry has posted a five percent increase in revenues after experiencing two years of flat growth. Although distributors faced several challenges, including price pressure, currency fluctuation, and margin erosion, a stronger global economy and higher demand from several market segments, including industrial and medical, buoyed the entire industry in 2014.…