Buying electronic components is easier than ever.

It’s also more difficult than ever. Let us explain.

The growth of e-commerce marketplace technology and worldwide OEMs is a blessing in disguise for purchasing departments, project managers, engineers, and others involved with tight project deadlines and even tighter budgets. Just 10 years ago, finding the best value for electronic parts posed many challenges – not the least of which was limited product availability. The demand for high-quality electronic components has always been constant, even if the supply wasn’t quite there yet.

Thanks to explosive growth with online-based manufacturers and other OEMs (along with e-commerce marketplace resources and supply chain software), demand has “officially” caught up to ever-increasing demand. In some ways, that’s great news for project deliverables. Yet the ability to find optimal value for electronic parts with favorable delivery times and discount pricing is more competitive than ever.

In order to get the best bang for your buck in the electronic component marketplace, it helps to refine, and sometimes redefine, your purchasing strategies. Buying electronic parts on a global scale is no longer just tactical in nature; it’s also dependent on buying strategies that are flexible enough to adjust to quickly changing marketplace conditions, but also rigid enough to provide stability and reliability when making last-minute purchasing decisions.

If your purchasing strategy for electronic components could use some fine-tuning, Sourcengine™ has put together a few recommendations to help you maximize ROI, limit expenses, and bolster your bottom line.

1. Anticipate new suppliers

The Internet’s a big place – and getting bigger all the time. Case in point: the electronic components marketplace. Double-digit growth in available suppliers has caused market disruptions, but in a good way. Only those buyers with the sharpest analysis and most up-to-date pricing data are able to capitalize on optimal deals from new OEMs and other electronic parts suppliers. Sourcengine’s supply chain OS allows sourcing professionals, authorized distributors and manufacturers, engineers, designers, and more to see new suppliers at the most opportune times.

2. Find the right fit

With hundreds of electronic components suppliers selling millions of parts, not all buyer-seller relationships are a match made in heaven. To refine your purchasing strategy, go the extra mile to find the perfect suppler – or suppliers. Sometimes, it’s a matter of scale; smaller companies might not receive the individualized attention they need for crucial projects. If you’re not getting the electronic parts or service you need for successful project deliverables, put in the extra legwork to find a reliable, customer-friendly parts source.

3. Bulk up your orders (costs permitting)

Missed value-buying opportunities will drive any buyer crazy. For commonly-used electronic parts, an intuitive supply chain software helps you leverage optimal value with bulk order pricing. If you’re not getting the best possible value with electronic components purchases, see if both current and future demand would benefit from a cheaper, more efficient bulk order. For this purchasing strategy, a streamlined BOM resource is indispensable.

4. Plan upfront

Before clicking “buy,” all backend planning should be 100% complete – and double-checked for accuracy. From less expensive bulk orders (see above) to optimal delivery times, ensure your purchases align with project demand long before you’re ready to buy electronic components. Regular coordination between project planners/schedulers and purchasing are imperative for a streamlined purchasing strategy.

Sourcengine: Where Purchasing Strategy Never Sleeps

Along with the actions listed above, here’s another way to get to optimize your supply chain software and electronic parts purchasing strategy: sign up with Sourcengine. Our robust, strategic-based software gives you the tools and knowledge to stay ahead in a competitive, ever-changing marketplace.

From new suppliers to the most recent pricing analysis, our e-commerce marketplace is a super-effective strategy by itself: a powerful, all-in-one electronic components purchasing resource. To learn more about our supply chain software, view a demo. If you’d like to learn more about how our supply chain OS can help with your purchasing strategy, contact us today.

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