It is interesting to know that EBN has created the database to tract the most effective TOP 25 global distirbutors. Does EBN consider the networking strength of these companies as part of the criteria for efficiency? What is the effect of sourcing on ability of these distributors to rank high among others. Most stable companies swallow up the staggering ones that can not read the signs of the time. Is there any monitor on what can help the baby distributors find their feet in what they believe in?
Tim, You were right. We used to track the Top 50 Distributors. And that was only about 10 years ago. In North America, it's a struggle to count 25 today whose sales can be independently verified and can actually be considered major players in the market.
That the market consolidated was expected and perhaps desirable but it also meant the big guys have gotten much bigger and the smaller ones have almost disappeared into niche sectors. Distributors are a resilient bunch, though. They, more than any other segment of the industry, have always been good at reading the signs of the times and have always responded smartly either with new offerings and initiatives or by squeezing out inefficient competitors.
EBN's Top 25 list will be global -- to the extent we can independently verify sales -- but we are also creating a database of all distributors, big and small alike. This database would enable customers identify small but equally efficient players. It might also start another round of consolidation!
This is going to be really atough exercise. I wonder howmany factors does actually effect the distrbutor rankings. Does prototyping with respect the supplier parts is one complicated measure and not many except the Tier1 distributors can actually get good marks.
Looking forward to seeing this data in May. Some years back, the annual Top 50 (yes 50 at the time) Distributors Supplement was an eagerly awaited issue at EDS, along with the annual OEM Buyer Preference study.
This is a great initiative, it has the potential to bring some "underdogs" to the limelite, giving them an opportunity to show what they can do, while also enabling them to see where they are short of others in the chain.
Coming out with event like this will surely create more competitiveness in market. Especially as more sensitive and high critical things are going smarty/digital.
Undoubtly Designers/Assemblers of the electronic devices expect more qaulitative electronics components so also suppliers/distributors will need to up the customer service request. I think ranking might drive the market seen more of quality and better services.
Bolaji, I believe your/EBN tecnique of collecting details, infos, suggestions to make ranking distributors list closer to the market from customers point of view, is very nice and could support all professionals across the globe in their job and tasks. Nowadays services from distributors are crucial in the electronics arena and it is not easy to map them in a comprehensive way in terms of quality perceived.
Could it be the chance to understand better how distributors are "integrating" Internet & Services from social providers for countinuously improving ?
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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.
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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.
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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.