Smith’s stringent security requirements ensure products are safely transported and stored.
Houston, TX (June 24, 2020) – Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces its certification to the TAPA FSR Level A standard at its distribution center in Amsterdam. The Facility Security Requirements (FSR), as implemented by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), define the baseline standards necessary to maintain supply chain security within the industry.
Smith’s global headquarters in Houston and Asian headquarters in Hong Kong achieved TAPA FSR Level A certification in 2018 and 2019, respectively. The certification of Smith’s European hub helps strengthen Smith’s global security measures as they pertain to the handling, warehousing, and shipping of electronic components. Safe storage and transport of high-value theft targeted (HVTT) assets, including electronics and electronic components, is one of Smith’s highest priorities.
Beyond maintaining the highest security measures at its facilities, Smith’s European distribution center, alongside its counterparts in Houston and Hong Kong, has been validated as compliant with CTPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism). These security requirements confirm Smith’s dedication to protecting the supply chain from dangerous components. Upholding industry best practices for global supply chain security continues to be a key focus of the company’s operations department.
“Our customers trust that their products are in safe hands with Smith,” said Art Figueroa, Vice President of Operations and Quality, NA & EU. “As we continue to expand in the European market, our customers can rest assured that Smith has met all the necessary requirements to protect our HVTT assets. Achieving global certification under TAPA FSR Level A further demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the security of the global electronics supply chain.”
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 https://www.smithweb.com or reach out to a Smith representative any time of day at +1 713.430.3000.
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