Smith in the News

Smith’s recent media exposure has put a spotlight on many facets of the unique service and quality we have to offer customers. From commodity expertise to aggressive quality assurance, we’re leading the industry – take a look at these publications to see why.

Global Purchasing: “Another Slow-Growth Year, Say Top Distributors”

Written by Victoria Fraza Kickham, Distribution Editor, Global Purchasing Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

In a year of slow growth, companies across the electronics distribution industry continued to achieve, pushing innovation and creative service in order to support their customers and succeed in an uncertain supply chain. This year’s Global Purchasing lists the top-ranked franchised and independent distributors of 2015.  As the thirteenth-ranked distributor overall and the top independent, Smith has once again earned its place among the top global electronics distributors in the world.

 

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Electronics Sourcing North America: “Buyers use fewer independent distributors”

Written by James Carbone, Contributor, Electronics Sourcing North America Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

In this article, Carbone analyzes the industry dynamics that have led to a reduction in the number of independent distributors being used in the industry, and the increased reliance buyers have on a few, leading independents that can ensure quality and offer flexible inventory management and service partnerships. Smith VP of Global Trading Todd Traylor offers his insight on how Smith forges lasting partnerships in this changing industry landscape.

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Electronics Purchasing Strategies: "DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?"

Written by Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D., Contributor, Electronics Purchasing Strategies Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

In this article, Lisa Cairns of Electronics Purchasing Strategies talks with Smith Chief Administrative Officer Matt Hartzell to discuss proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), which could significantly affect the electronics supply chain. When asked about the proposed amendments, Hartzell indicated that they are likely no threat to independent distributors. "My overall thought is that the zeitgeist of the industry has been one of requiring ongoing, continuous, quality improvement."
 
 
   

Electronics Purchasing Strategies: “How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel”

Written by Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D., Contributor, Electronics Purchasing Strategies Thursday, 11 June 2015 00:00

In this article, Lisa Cairns talks with Smith VP of Global Trading Todd Traylor to discuss the viewpoint from the independent distribution channel regarding the Intel/Altera merger. Traylor was clear in pointing out that Smith remains focused on the channel effects of the Intel/Altera merger from the customers’ perspective. Smith’s neutral position regarding the recent wave of supplier consolidations is a refreshingly staid position. As Traylor explained, “uncertainty can create supply change issues one way or the other. For independents, these consolidations highlight the importance of collaboration with our customers. 
 
 
   

ESM China: “Distributors Interviews: 12 Industry Representatives Share Experiences and Insights”

Written by Kent Pang, Director of Sales, South Asia, Smith & Associates Thursday, 04 June 2015 00:00

In this article, Smith Sales Director of South Asia Kent Pang offers his view on the current electronics industry outlook, emphasizing that mobile connected devices will continue to be the market driver. He also details the evolution of Smith from an independent distributor to a supply chain partner that provides various customer-oriented services with a constant focus on quality and continuous regional presence. This article is available in Chinese at the link below.
 
 
   

Electronics Purchasing Strategies: “Achieving a Return on Corporate Sustainability Management”

Written by Mark Bollinger, Vice President of Marketing, Smith & Associates Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

In this article, Mark Bollinger, Smith’s Vice President of Marketing, examines the importance of companies’ having a corporate sustainability management program. Drawing on Smith’s own extensive sustainability overhaul, he outlines different key steps companies can take to begin putting green practices into effect in their own business operations.
 
 
   

Electronics Purchasing Strategies: “Managing Risk Along the Global Semiconductor Supply Chain”

Written by Mark Bollinger, Vice President of Marketing, Smith & Associates Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Climate change has contributed to increasingly frequent and destructive natural disasters, which damage lives and businesses and disrupt global supply chains dramatically. In this article, Smith VP of Marketing Mark Bollinger examines how drastically disasters like droughts and flooding can affect supply chain players, as well as ways that companies are adapting and mitigating their operations’ risks.
 
 
   

Global Purchasing Supply Chain Trends blog: “High-Tech Markets Evolve in Asia”

Written by Mark Bollinger, Vice President of Marketing, Smith & Associates Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:00

In this blog post, Bollinger discusses the dominant industry dynamics at play in the evolving Asian market. These dynamics were center-stage at this year’s Electronica China, which showed a prevalent focus on “China's efforts to build and ensure a deep, sustainable, local high-tech industry” to support its own growing middle class. The focus also fell on the need for reliable partners to manufacturers, from those offering design and manufacturing support to distributors like Smith & Associates.
 
 
   

Global Purchasing: “Smith & Associates Opens Sales Office in Bangalore”

Written by Global Purchasing Staff Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

This Global Purchasing article discusses the opening of Smith’s sales office in Bangalore, India. It details the boost this will give Smith toward being able to better support locally based customers in this expanding market, and the overall strengthening this will give toward Smith’s vast global footprint.
 
 
The March 25th issue of Global Purchasing Weekly provides further coverage of this blog post.
 
   

Evertiq: “Smith & Associates opens Bangalore office”

Written by Evertiq Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

This Evertiq articles discusses the opening of Smith’s sales office in Bangalore, India, and how this new location will support increased market penetration in this region. It also notes the increased potential for localized customer support this new location will afford Smith.
 
 
   

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