Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support
Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the design chain services it is reputed for, noting these will remain at the core of its services to the electronics industry.
The strategic objective behind the supply chain support services, which Digi-Key introduced several years ago at the urging of some OEM customers, is to enable these companies quickly bring products to market, reduce overall production costs and maintain a competitive edge against larger rivals according to company executives.
While the supply chain support offerings Digi-Key has introduced over the last years were driven primarily by customer demand the company too believes in closely aligning its extensive design chain support activities with the production operation of customers to improve the success of their product introduction programs, according to Steve Vecchiarelli, head of supply chain services at the Thief River Fall, Minn., electronics components distributor.
“Since we are involved from the design phase some customers asked us also to collaborate with their contract manufacturers to make sure there are no hiccups when they bring products to market,” Vecchiarelli said in a recent interview. “Our biggest successes have been with customers that started on the design side and then pulled us into the production operation.”