Many companies tolerate the inconvenience of juggling a collection of suppliers and vendors that each excel in different areas. Perhaps it’s just how it’s always been done — the “cost of doing business.”
The truth is that the lives of electronic component buyers are easier with all-star suppliers and distributors that have everything it takes to be a one-stop-shop. Prioritize these five traits in your search for right-fit electronic component suppliers:
1. Comprehensive Sourcing
Quality, quantity, and variety are all critical factors in electronic component purchasing. Your supplier should represent a one-stop solution for sourcing semiconductors and components from an array of authorized, independent, and factory direct lines. This makes hybrid distributors a natural choice, with their ability to offer a wide selection of mainstream and niche components from multiple manufacturers.
2. In-House QA Testing
Value is lost when your supplier fulfills an order, but you’re left to arrange and pay for counterfeit avoidance or quality assurance tests on your own. At the same time, it would be unwise to skip these critical steps in today’s world of increasingly difficult to detect counterfeits that will compromise the integrity and quality of your finished products.
Ideally, you’ll have access to a supplier with an in-house testing laboratory and licensed, IDEA-certified inspectors. Our state-of-the-art testing lab at Sensible Micro gives our customers peace of mind, because they know they’re procuring only the highest-quality electronic components that must all pass a 72-point IDEA-STD-1010-B visual confirmation procedure. Contact us for more specifics.
3. An Easy-to-Use Web Portal
It’s problematic to compare a range of components or monitor shipping while cross-referencing multiple web sources, emails, and physical catalogs. Electronic component suppliers can make your life easier with a unified digital web portal where you can see all necessary information on the components you’re looking to purchase in one place. You should demand access to real-time data that removes the guesswork and provides traceability during the purchase process, including detailed tracking info, QA reports, hi-res photos of all components, specifications, and more.
4. Knowledgeable Tech Support
The best electronic component suppliers or distributors not only stock and source a wide range of components, but understand their nuances. In-depth support from a supplier with a broad technical knowledge base can be as valuable as the components themselves. The supplier may even be able to provide technical literature, datasheets, and more useful information through their web portal to keep you apprised of all the details.
5. A Strategic and Tactical Mindset
Strategic electronic component buyers know how to address short-term needs with respect to the long-term goals of their company and the outlook of the market. Tactical purchasing, on the other hand, is more concerned with efficient transactional processes in day-to-day operations. You’ll want your electronic component suppliers to be well-rounded partners that know how to help you optimize for both short and long-term needs.
A strategic supplier will work to ensure that there is continual improvement in the component quality, shipping speeds, and price points of your preferred products. A tactical supplier knows how to be agile, solve for urgent disruptions or unpredictability in the supply chain, and ensure that every order is treated with the same exceptional attention to detail and customer service.
Sensible Micro prioritizes these traits in all of our interactions with our customers. Get in touch with our team today for more information on our convenient web portal, robust testing capabilities, and diverse card of authorized, independent, and direct lines for electronic components.