The Constant Battle to Provide Value

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Douglas Alexander
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Douglas Alexander   11/13/2012 6:34:34 PM
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@Barbara, In the last two years, I have seen incredible sophistification moves at the distribution level. The knowledge libraries are growing exponentially and the additional resources being offered are incredibly comprehensive. When a  distributor teams up with a resource like datasheets.com or Silicon Expert, they begin to approach everything a buyer needs to know in order to make a fully informed purchase. I think the last growth frontier, based upon current needs, would be an assignment of environmental and regulatory parametors for every part offered. It would be incredibly helpful to look up a part on Digikey and have a PDF listing that includes a material safety datasheet listing every chemical component by parts per million in the article or substance. This is now a manual one-by-one retrieval process that is costly and time consuming. If the buyer or a component engineer does not subscribe to a service like GreenSoft Tech or equivalent infromation provider, then the amount of work required to call each part's manufacturer and try to obtain that data is prodigious. As REACH and WEEE and other environmental issues are pressing themselves onto the US business scene, if I was a distributor, I would do whatever it takes to put the systems in place that would help every buyer retrieve the information with the greatest of ease as part of my standard services.

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Barbara Jorgensen   11/6/2012 11:45:09 AM
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@hm: I agree that everything seems like a battle these days, in business and in general. I think to some extent everyone is striving to establish their value in the marketplace no matter where in the supply chain you reside.

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_hm   11/5/2012 7:14:59 PM
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Is not constan battle way of life for modern engineer's? This is true for most disciplines. Distributiors on contarary, is not so demanding. Most silicon vendors and others design novel wonderful products. Deisgner eagerly grabs them before disriubutor understands it fully.



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