CHICAGO -- Supply-chain management provider eConnections Inc. announced this week at the National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA) Executive Conference here that 14 leading electronic component manufacturers have joined its list of industry specialists participating in Quotility, an automated request for quote (RFQ) service.
Quotility is in beta test and scheduled for released in late November. The initial release will include confidential bill of materials and pricing information. Quotility also will provide customers with one network to consolidate information from suppliers and authorized distributors worldwide, complete with tracking and reporting capabilities.
"The sheer number of leading electronics companies choosing to participate in Quotility illustrates the market demand for an authorized, independent, neutral quoting service," said Robin B. Gray, Jr., executive vice president of NEDA, Alpharetta, Ga. "The fact that these distributors and suppliers are coming together to use Quotility demonstrates the power of the electronics community working together to support their authorized channels."
Los Angeles-based eConnections is hopeful Quotility will support customer, supplier, and distributor by replacing traditional inefficiencies with automated and intelligent quote distribution, tracking, consolidation, and reporting capabilities. Customers can upload quotes, select the authorized distributors and suppliers they wish to quote, then receive an automated spreadsheet containing detailed information as to price, delivery, manufacturers' part numbers, and standard packaging. All components are processed through franchised distributors that can provide warranty protection, technical support, customer service, inventory management, and value-added services.
Manufacturers participating in Quotility include Artesyn Technologies, Atmel, AVX, Bourns, FCI/Berg, Fujitsu Takamisawa America, Hitachi Semiconductor America, KEMET, Micron Technology, Molex, Murata Electronics North America, NEC Electronics, QuickLogic, and Toshiba America Electronic Components.
"eConnections created Quotility in order to provide an authorized, independent, neutral quote utility for the electronics community," said Rob Rodin, chairman and chief executive of eConnections. "Our company is designed to reflect our strong commitment to dealing only with authorized connections in order to maximize efficiency and not interfere with the customer-supplier relationship."