Rutronik

Germany’s Rutronik Expands its Presence in the Americas

For decades, U.S.-based electronic component distributors’ global growth strategy was acquisition. Beginning with the EU, American distributors acquired foreign competitors to establish themselves in a geographic market. The same is true for Asia-Pacific, and acquisitions there will likely continue. For foreign distributors entering the Americas the trend has been different. While there have been acquisitions—by…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…

Smith Opens New Houston Hub

 Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces the opening of its newest hub housing warehouse and operational facilities and a state-of-the-art quality testing laboratory. The new, 57,199-square-foot hub extends the capabilities and services that Smith offers global clients and allows room for growth. The facility is ISO 17025-accredited and incorporates…

What Can Go Wrong with Poor Labeling Strategies?

The following should be cut and pasted, or cut and posted, at the end of every electronics manufacturing line, every warehouse, every distribution center, and even every executive suite. It is a list of the eight most common bad outcomes that can occur from labeling errors, and is derived from more than two decades of…

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Distribution: What’s Behind the Curtain

If your suppliers are doing their job right, life should be a bit like Oz. Somebody behind a curtain is managing things and everything looks great on the outside. Every once in a while, though, it’s worth peeling back the curtain. Several hundred people got that chance last week as Future Electronics celebrated the 10th…