Story Makers

  • June 20, 2018

    History is full of stories of great visionaries with revolutionary ideas for breakthrough products and solutions that never came to fruition due to limitations of available technology. With the emergence of the Internet of Things, these stories of unfulfilled potential may well be a thing of the past, according to Lou Lutostanski, vice president of IoT, Avnet, in a recently posted CRN article.

  • June 18, 2018

    Chris Breslin, incoming president of Premier Farnell, got a Big Apple welcome from Avnet leadership at the company’s Investor Day meeting in New York City last week. At the June 14 meeting, Premier Farnell parent company Avnet announced that, effective immediately, Breslin will replace retiring PF President Graham McBeth.

  • June 13, 2018

    In a recent Dataweek article, Ralf Buehler, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Premier Farnell outlined how the combination of Avnet and Premier Farnell has yielded a unique new technology distribution business model that perfectly positions the two organizations to fulfill the changing customer and market demands driven by a range of technological and competitive market forces.

  • June 8, 2018

    Open source hardware and software, makerspaces and crowdfunding have “democratized” the process of technology development, making it possible for individuals of all ages, backgrounds and economic means to flex their innovation muscles. But, time and again, these budding entrepreneurs find that realizing the potential of bringing “the next great thing” to market takes more than just a creative idea. The missing piece in these efforts, according to Avnet’s Emerging Opportunities Specialist Bob

  • June 5, 2018

    High-tech trade association ECIA has chosen Avnet’s Alison Harris to lead its International Trade Compliance subject matter expert group (SMEG). The group, which also includes leaders from Digi-key, TTI, Future, TE Connectivity, C&K, Littelfuse and Vishay, will address global trade compliance issues facing stakeholders within the authorized electronic component channel and work together to develop practice guidance effectively managing these regulatory challenges.

  • May 31, 2018

    What happens when boundless thinking collides with technology to create life-changing innovations? These are the stories Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, the award-winning R&D lab and content company, will explore in the new podcast series Podcast: Not Impossible.  

    Throughout the 10-episode season, Ebeling and guests explore true stories of the impossible made "not impossible,” like technology that allows amputees to “feel” via advancements in prosthetic limbs and an

  • Avnet Regional President Prince Yun
    May 29, 2018

    In a recent interview with DigiTimes, Prince Yun, regional president, Taiwan and South Asia, Avnet, noted that while market demand in India for smartphones is expected to officially surpass that for feature phones in 2018, this growth is just the tip of the iceberg for the region’s economic development.

  • May 22, 2018

    Premier Farnell, the Development Distributor, has announced a substantial investment in product inventory as well as the addition of a number of new suppliers to its product offering. The distributor’s line card, now deeper and wider than ever, ensures customers access to the products they need, when they need them.

  • May 22, 2018

    Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a regional business unit of Avnet, was recently recognized by Molex, with awards for excellence in market engagement, year-over-year growth and project conversion rate.

    In addition to being named 2017 EMEA Distributor of the Year, Avnet Abacus was also honored for top performance in two regional categories: Northern Europe Distributor of the Year, with credit to the UK team; and France,

  • May 15, 2018

    To break new ground, you first need to learn the terrain—and it always helps to have the right guide. CB Insights found that hardware startups falter for four main reasons: