Smith’s Asian Operational Hub Receives TAPA FSR Level A Certification

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Smith earns verification of its ability to meet stringent security requirements

Houston, TX (June 6, 2019) –Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces its certification to the TAPA FSR Level A standard at its warehouse in Hong Kong. The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has implemented Facility Security Requirements (FSR) that define the baseline standards required to maintain supply chain security throughout the industry.

Smith’s headquarters in Houston achieved TAPA FSR Level A certification in 2018. Obtaining this certification in Hong Kong now expands Smith’s global security measures pertaining to the handling, warehousing, and shipping of electronic components. Ensuring the proper storage and handling of HVTT (high-value theft targeted) assets, such as electronics and electronic components, is a top priority for Smith.

In addition to upholding the highest security measures at its facilities, Smith’s Asian distribution center has been validated to be in compliance with C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) security requirements that solidify the company’s commitment to keeping the supply chain free from dangerous components. Adherence to the industry’s best practices for maintaining global supply chain security remains a key focus of Smith’s operations department.

“As the leading independent distributor of electronic components, Smith has an obligation to make sure our customers’ products are safely stored and handled,” said Terry Fu, Smith’s Vice President of Operations and Counterfeit Detection, Asia. “Earning the TAPA FSR Level A certification gives our global network of customers the assurance and certainty that their products will be delivered securely.”

“Level A is the highest security protection under FSR classifications,” continued Fu. “We are proud to have our Asia warehouse recognized for its security measures, including training procedures and the safekeeping of perimeters and entrances and exits.”

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, from Silicon Valley to Seoul, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 different languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales of $1.66 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. With testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam, Smith’s processes focus on critical issues, from quality management to 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 inventory and logistics visibility anywhere in the world. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. Smith’s Intelligent Distribution™ model adapts to ever-changing demands by providing reliable global electronics sourcing and logistics, regardless of distribution channel or locale. For more information, please visit https://www.smithweb.com, or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call +1 713.430.3000.

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For more information, contact:

Margo Evans
Smith, VP of Marketing
+1 713.430.3966
mevans@nfsmith.com

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