rohscompliant, Amazon would be thrilled by that enthusiastic endorsement. It also tells me they are filling a niche or providing a service that may be sorely needed. Could you please help expand on why you are supportive of this service?
I would also use Amazon for parts procurement. I have been using Amazon mainly for books over the last 8 years on a regular basis and I have been very happy with their service. I do appreciate that electronics parts is a different kettle of fish, however, "Amazon" as a successful brand name does make a difference in making a purchase decision I believe. If one had a positive experience with Amazon, it makes it easier to give a shot to "Amazon Supply" as well.
If their information support with the parts will be as good as what they have for books, I can easily become a regular user of Amazon Supply as well.
Furthermore, if Amazon Supply heats up the competition in supplying parts, I am all for it because the buyers are the ultimate beneficiaries of such healthy competitions in the market both from cost as well as quality perspectives.
Speaking as a component engineer, this prospect is disconcerting. The best distributors have Product Managers, Application Engineers, Technical Sales, and Quality Assurance to guard against things like counterfeit parts, obsolesence management, and now we see the beginning of environmental compliance management. If Amazon is going to be anything but a middleman for sales, they have to staff up with technical people before they will gain my business. How are they going to manage returns to guarantee they are not taking in untested garbage parts and restocking them into their live supply inventory. Will their incoming inspection know how to test for genuine, working parts before passing them onto their customers? Will they be versed in special handling requirements like ESD shipping materials. If they get ESD sensitive materials returned in non-ESD safe packaging, will they scrap the parts or try to repackage? If they will be non stocking and just run all inventory direct from OEMs or other distributors, do they even know what safeguards are required to ensure product integrity?
@Bolaji, thanks for the post. I just visited the website, seems like they already have pretty good collection of items. I really hope Amazon will give some kinda of quality assurance so that buyers dont have to worry about the quality.
Douglas, These are very valid concerns that you raised. However, don't forget this company has been in the business of managing sensitive items and materials for quite a while and may have answers to some of your questions. Plus, when an engineer like yourself submits a purchase order, you can bet they would also ask for verification information.
I am not advocating for Amazon in this case. They've thrust themselves into this market and the industry should respond by holding them to the same standards expected of companies that handle such sensitive materials.
Anandvy, Your concern is the same others have raised. I guess we'll have to wait and see how and if Amazon is able to satisfy these demands. What's clear is that they have a wide -- and growing -- range of products. Many of these may not be of interest to electronics component buyers but some of the parts I've seen there could be used on the manufacturing floor and cost-conscious buyers will be poking around the Amazon site.
If the company passes the price, quality and delivery tests, it will win many purchasers' business.
t.alex, Arrow and Avnet would be far ahead in terms of operating advantages vs. Amazon. What the online trader offers that may be different is its instant name recognition and the ability to serve a wider market with a wide range of products.
Amazon Supply is being aimed at businesses generally and not just at a segment of the economy. Both Arrow and Avnet serve the IT and electronic markets whereas Amazon is open to anyone who needs a fastener. Interestingly, purchasers at electronic companies buy more than components. They also run factories that require general parts and may find some of these on Amazon.
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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.
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