Smith Employees Logged More Than 20,000 Hours on Internal E-Learning Platform


Smith University has released more than 550 training and development courses released since 2018

Houston, TX (February 18, 2021) – Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces that its global workforce has completed more than 20,000 hours of learning and development coursework through the company’s internal learning management system, Smith University, since the platform’s 2018 inception. Over the past three years, more than 550 courses have been released on Smith University, covering the gamut of employees’ learning objectives and development opportunities.

Smith University is used internally to onboard new hires, provide continuous learning plans, and help employees further develop their careers. All courses are offered online and are designed to strengthen employees’ industry knowledge and skillsets. Smith managers and industry experts lead courses that teach Smith’s leading approach to delivering global supply chain solutions. Learning from Smith’s own subject-matter experts spotlights their knowledge and highlights to new employees the expertise that differentiates Smith in the industry. Further, learning from fellow Smith colleagues encourages deeper collaboration across the company while reinforcing to employees that Smith University is truly their own, unique platform.

“Learning and development are at the foundation of our business operations,” said Mark Bollinger, Smith’s Chief Globalization Officer. “Smith University continues to serve as an essential tool for employee growth, especially during the pandemic, when in-person learning opportunities are limited.”


About Smith

Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales in excess of $1.35 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. The support of Smith’s flexible Intelligent DistributionTM model optimizes customers’ supply chains from beginning to end, including offering customized options for IT asset disposition that deliver maximum ROI, sustainability, and security. Smith’s testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam cover critical areas like quality management, counterfeit prevention, and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time, global inventory and logistics visibility. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. For more information, please visit or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.


For more information, contact:

Margo Evans
Smith, VP of Marketing
+1 713.430.3966