Electronic Component Distribution News Updates

MEMS Sensor Recovery Gains Momentum

22/06/20212 min read
MEMS Sensor Recovery Gains Momentum

Sensors and actuators made with MEMS technology are forecast to grow by high double-digit percentages…

Channel Feels the Impact of Logistics Costs & Backlog

21/06/20215 min read
Channel Feels the Impact of Logistics Costs & Backlog

While manufacturing has rebounded from the long Covid quarantine, the supply chain has not. Logistics…

Anglia Strengthens IoT Options With Taoglas Deal

21/06/20212 min read
Anglia Strengthens IoT Options With Taoglas Deal

Anglia Components is partnering with Taoglas, a provider of next-generation IoT solutions.  The partnership broadens…

Digi-Key launches myLists consolidated list management system

21/06/20211 min read
Digi-Key launches myLists consolidated list management system

Digi-Key Electronics has launched a way – dubbed myLists – to make it easier for…

Digi-Key And Bourns Celebrate 30 Years

20/06/20212 min read
Digi-Key And Bourns Celebrate 30 Years

Digi-Key Electronics has been recognised by Bourns for 30 years of engagement in a successful business relationship.…

Digi-Key Aids Customers With myLists Launch

18/06/20212 min read
Digi-Key Aids Customers With myLists Launch

To streamline customers’ BOM Manager, Price and Availability (PANDA), and Favourites into one convenient solution,…

Distribution and ‘Mittelstand’ – together strong and present

18/06/20213 min read
Distribution and ‘Mittelstand’ – together strong and present

The ‘German Mittelstand’ is Germany’s engine for innovation, technology and business, with a diversity that…

Navigating 6 Supply Chain ERP Challenges

17/06/20215 min read
Navigating 6 Supply Chain ERP Challenges

Devin Partida Enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools help supply chain professionals overcome numerous obstacles. However,…

Siemens acquires Supplyframe for a ‘digital transformation’

17/06/20211 min read
Siemens acquires Supplyframe for a ‘digital transformation’

The recent component shortage has highlighted the fragility of current supply chains, asserted Siemens, as…

IC Insights Raises Chip Market Forecast to 24%

16/06/20213 min read
IC Insights Raises Chip Market Forecast to 24%

IC Insights’ full-year 2021 IC market forecast is being raised from a 19 percent increase…

Digi-Key Partners With Kingston Technology

16/06/20214 min read
Digi-Key Partners With Kingston Technology

Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components in stock for immediate…

Sager Adds Technical Support Manager

15/06/20212 min read
Sager Adds Technical Support Manager

Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Power, Electromechanical, and Thermal solutions and…


The Electronic Component Distribution Business is an essential part of the electronics industry.

Distribution companies are often organized in various national and international distribution associations, such as IDEA. Distributors of electronic components are often used as an intermediary between the manufacturer of electronic components and the customer. This could be the case, if the customer’s order volume is too small to be handled by the manufacturer. But there are also other reasons.

In addition to component shipments, distributors often offer value added services, such as assistance in the customer’s design phase, or logistic services.

The service portfolio depends on the distributor’s strategic direction. There are distributors that concentrate on simple fulfillment. They buy components from the manufacturer in bulk and concentrate on re-selling. Others put their focus on value added services. These can be special design tools or design assistance through the distributor’s engineering staff. 

However, distributors can also be distinguished by their product portfolio. Companies that offer a big variety of components are often called “broadline distributors”. But this type of business model is not suitable for all market participants. Some have specialized on specific niche products. For example, there are distribution companies that focus specifically on electromechanic components. Since these are often smaller companies, it’s an often more suitable concept, than trying to compete against bigger distributors.

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