Smith’s warehouse relocation provides increased space and resources for testing and operations
Houston, TX (July 15, 2019) – Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces that its European distribution center in Amsterdam has finalized the second phase of its expansion. Phase two included installation of a facility-wide HVAC system with automated temperature and humidity controls, increased physical security measures, developments to the company’s functional and counterfeit detection labs, dedicated office and breakroom spaces, and additional quality certifications.
In June 2018, Smith relocated its European distribution center to offer room for expansion. Now, a year later, the facilities’ functional and counterfeit detection labs have doubled in size to better serve customer requirements. The facility now has an HVAC system that provides heating and cooling and has sensors throughout the warehouse that monitor its temperature and humidity levels. Increased security measures have also been added to the warehouse. Before the expansion, the distribution center was already certified to ISO 9001 and ANSI/ESD S20.20 and has now added CCAP-101 and ISO/IEC 17025 to its portfolio of industry leading certifications.
“It’s exciting to see the operational capabilities and processes at our Houston warehouse mirrored here in Amsterdam,” said Robert Kinosian, Smith’s European Operations Manager. “When expanding the facility, we kept quality assurance and efficiency in mind to better meet the needs of our customers.”
Relocating its European distribution center to a facility with 30,000 square feet (approximately 2,787 square meters) of operational space has allowed Smith to expand its vendor-managed inventory (VMI) capabilities. Smith offers multiple models of inventory ownership, allowing customers’ product to be efficiently consolidated, shipped, and replenished. Smith’s distribution center in Amsterdam will serve as a central pull location for customers’ inventory in the region.
“As Smith continues to grow in the European region, it’s important to have a distribution center that is capable of meeting customers’ specifications,” said Cleat Kimbrough, Smith’s Vice President of Business Development – Europe. “Now that phase two is complete, we look forward to increasing our presence in the European market and partnering with customers across all industries.”
Founded in 1984, Smith sources, manages, and distributes the electronic components that go into everything from mobile phones and computers to appliances and directional drilling systems. In 16 cities around the world, from Silicon Valley to Seoul, Smith’s legion of employees communicates in 50 different languages and dialects and buys and sells components 24 hours per day, with global annual sales of $1.66 billion. Smith is always moving: helping manufacturers navigate market shifts; customizing supply chain solutions; testing components using cutting-edge technology. With testing and logistics hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam, Smith’s processes focus on critical issues, from quality management to counterfeit prevention and environmental safety. Smith’s operations, purchasing, and sales worldwide are seamlessly integrated with the company’s global IT infrastructure, offering real-time inventory and logistics visibility anywhere in the world. Smith is the leading independent distributor of electronic components and ranks number nine among all global distributors. Smith’s Intelligent Distribution™ model adapts to ever-changing demands by providing reliable global electronics sourcing and logistics, regardless of distribution channel or locale. For more information, please visit https://www.smithweb.com, or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call +1 713.430.3000.
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