The distribution industry is pretty much divided up between franchised (authorized) distributors, which have the suppliers' blessing to sell their products; and independents, that aren't authorized. Independents buy inventory from OEMs and EMS companies and often, other distributors. They sell branded products but suppliers may not honor a warranty sold through an independent.
The blending of the two is interesting and has a lot of implications, particularly the issue of cost. Open market buys are market-price driven (can spike upward or downward steeply); franchises have price guidelines. A distributor can't undercut price by too much with a franchise.
I think the short answer is they don't want to abandon the customers that have relied on the independent model. In terms of pricing and other concerns: when disk drives were in short supply, prices went up at franchised distributors: this was discussed at length during analysts conference calls.
If the America II model worked so well, why would they become a hybrid? So, on the independent side they will gouge customers and ship counterfeit stock and on the ifranchised side, they will seek normal margins, provide service and ship good stock? Makes no sense.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
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.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
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.
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.