Supply Chain Goals Misaligned with Execution

An optimal supply chain relies on alignment – between supply and demand, or goals and execution – for success. But a recent report has found a significant misalignment between the business objectives of a strategic supply chain and the resources dedicated toward achieving that goal. Of 250 senior manufacturing executives polled by GT Nexus, which…

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Amazon.com Expands Stake in Electronics Components

First it was AmazonBusiness, which offers online buying and selling of electronics components. Now, as a number of news outlets have reported, Amazon.com is making semiconductors. According to The Verge: An Israeli company acquired by Amazon last year has announced a new line of semiconductors, marking Amazon’s first foray into the chipmaking market. The company,…

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Distributors Eye Competition in a Changing Landscape

Capturing market share away from one’s known competitors is a time-honored growth strategy for most businesses, particularly when the market is flat. But if a company is too focused on defending its turf, executives say,  it runs the risk of not seeing new competitors coming. Verical.com’s Chief Digital Officer and President Matt Anderson recently told Forbes magazine “… if…

Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

A Peek Inside a Buyer’s Toolkit

Buyers have a host of tools at their disposal to help them do their jobs better and faster. These electronics components inventory search and/or data aggregator websites have one thing in common – delivering parts data that range from supply chain information including lead times, pricing, lifecycle/obsolescence information, and environmental compliance data;  to technical specifications…

Verical Doubles On-Hand Inventory

Verical, an Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) company, today announced that stocked electronic components on its online marketplace, Verical.com, have more than doubled since the beginning of the year, growing to nearly one million SKUs. This increase amounts to an additional $3 billion in traceable, warrantied and ready-to-ship components now available on the site—bringing the value…

Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

When the Internet first enabled b2b e-commerce, companies that wanted to buy and sell electronics components tried a lot of different models. Marketplaces similar to Amazon.com appeared that displayed parts for sale (called OPI—other peoples’ inventory) no matter where the parts were located. Auction sites posted inventory (the eBay model) and allowed buyers to bid.…