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Buying quantity without compromising on quality - By Phil Gee, Director, Corporate OEM/CEM at Farnell element14

High service distribution is changing. Customers and suppliers are demanding a manufacturing partner that can offer both a full design solution and the high level of service they have come to expect. Anticipating and responding to this trend with a comprehensive suite of solutions is critical particularly when targeting the contract electronic manufacturing (CEM) sector.

Buyers within CEMs typically want to purchase products in volume and are primarily driven by price, though that's not to say that quality, product availability and speed of service aren't also of importance in their decision process.

Significant investment in inventory in the last two years has seen Farnell element14 enhance its ability to support low-to-mid volume customers from the prototype stage, through to production.

As outsourcing increases, CEMs will find having the ability to provide comprehensive traceability information on request will become increasingly important. Legislation such as RoHS and WEEE adds to the importance of traceability, making it a legal requirement for manufacturers to self-declare compliance and respond to traceability queries on demand.

Farnell element14 offers date and lot codes on up to 200,000 SKUs, as well as fully automated, bar-coded product labels and dispatch notes on 20,000 of the most popular semi and passive components from all major franchises.

As part of its CEM proposition, Farnell element14 now also offers a broad range of flexible, production-ready packaging options. It also stocks over 21,000 full reels across surface-mount semiconductor and passive components, and a free cut tape and re-reeling service for a further 79,000 components in partial and full reel quantities. This is all combined with a new pricing structure that better supports volume production through extended price breaks on over 90,000 products.

With well over half of Farnell element14's sales now online, the company has also invested in new transactional websites, geared towards making it much faster and straightforward for buyers to find and buy what they need, such as the ability for users to upload bills of materials directly to the transactional website.

So with same day despatch on large volume orders, including re-reeled components at no extra cost; free date and lot code provision for real product traceability; and 24/5 support, the message to CEMs is clear. Switch to Farnell element14 for your low to mid volume orders and discover that you can buy quantity without compromising on quality.

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