OXFORD, UK -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a global distribution agreement with FCI Electronics Division, a leading supplier of connectors and interconnect systems. Within the terms of the deal, RS will represent FCI as an authorised channel partner, providing customers worldwide with access to the most comprehensive range of components from the FCI Electronics Division product line.
The formal appointment of RS as an FCI Electronics approved worldwide distribution partner follows a period of strategic cooperation between the two companies during which RS contributed substantially to the sales growth of the FCI connector range. In recognition of this success, RS received the FCI Electronics award for 'Outstanding Performance in High Service Level Distribution in Europe' for consecutive years in 2010 and 2011.
Since the two companies began their collaboration, RS has more than trebled its FCI inventory and now stocks over 1,600 parts, covering the established core ranges, which include the Basics+® range of standard connectors for board-to-board and wire/cable-to-board applications. RS' stocked range also features new introductions from FCI such as high-density D-sub connectors, and the Minitek® horizontal surface-mount headers in the 2.00mm pitch board-to-board and wire-to-board product portfolio.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.