A distributor like Arrow deals with components that can be sold at relatively high volumes and have a broad range of applications. I'm sure they're keeping an eye on signs the markets are softening for any one component though. One worry might be if there's a bubble in capacity for certain chips that would be difficult to scale down rapidly.
I think with surplus inventory, the risk of components getting obsolete is high. Companies have to consider this when they are approaching with high levels of inventory. Considering Arrow's case, do you think this would apply to them? Is there a chance that the surplus components will no longer be useful in near future because of the development of some other advanced versions?
While we are seeing a healthy growth in some of the market sectors, there is enough uncertainty in the global economy that makes everyone conservative in their forecasts. Inventory control is key to a healthy balance sheet so it would not be surprising to see continued conservatism and tighter controls.
I know there are many companies out there, mine included that are looking to reduce their current inventory levels right now due to uncertainty in the global market. There is a lot of talk about a double dip recession and it has everybody being cautious on purchasing so they don't get stuck with money tied up in inventory sitting on shelves. Even companies who have reported great quarterly earnings are being cautious right now. I'm sure there have been some inventory corrections, which are always needed, but the lagging sales and concerns over Europe’s and the U.S. financial situations seems to be dictating current inventory levels.
Sounds cautiously optimistic. It can be diffcult to guess at the reasons for order changes - as pointed out in the article, while itr would be beneficial information to have, customers don t provide the reasons for their order adjustments.
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