The Independent Channel: Gaining Growth

Anton Wurr at America II Electronics discusses how the independent channel is becoming a fully accepted source to purchase components from and the subsequent impact this is having on the supply chain.

Since the beginning of 2013, customer demand within the independent channel seems to be on a steady rise. All signs are pointing to a healthy year of growth, and the results of a recent survey seem to support this.

Penton's Design Engineering & Sourcing Group recently surveyed design engineers in the U.S and asked how many of them purchase components on the open market. An overwhelming 51 percent of the respondents answered 'yes', compared to only 39 percent who answered 'no'. This particular question illustrates just how many OEMs use the independent channel and the fact that the engineering community has fully embraced it. But are more people using the channel today than in year’s past?

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