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Shortage Sourcing

Navigate shortages with agile sourcing

Smith’s highly trained procurement teams know how to navigate the fluctuating electronic-component market where pockets of tightness are active.

How We Help
Make informed purchasing decisions with market intelligence data
Utilize multichannel sourcing: franchised, direct, and open-market
Benefit from decades-long relationships with leading technology companies
Look to Smith’s unique market views as a leading independent distributor
Build custom inventory-management and hubbing programs to fit your needs
Gain support and acute market visibility from more than 20 global locations
Utilize Smith’s mobile app for 24/7 support
Rely on rigorous quality assurance for anti-counterfeit control
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Smith is a leading independent distributor of semiconductors and electronic components. Founded in 1984, we’ve been there to help our partners through all of the supply disruptions of the last four decades. We have a long history of mitigating supply chain disruptions during troubling times:

What We Do

Facilitate Excess Opportunities to Help Mitigate Shortage Situations

Often, a shortage situation occurs in the market due to an imbalance of product. As the largest electronics components distributor, Smith helps our customers navigate these situations by matching buyers and sellers of electronic components. Through our years of transactional data and use of customer and industry mapping, we can strategically procure and move excess product around the market to mitigate shortages in supply.

Keen Market Intelligence to Navigate Shortage Situations

For decades, we have helped our partners get the parts they need to help keep their supply chains active. As both a buyer and a seller of electronic components, Smith sits in an exclusive position during shortage situations. Our global teams use this opportunity to produce key market data and analytics.

Verify Authenticity of Components with Our State-of-the-Art Systems and Labs

Shortage situations tend to give rise to counterfeit components in the market. Our products go through key quality checkpoints – even before they’re sourced – with our advanced supplier rating system. Once at our operations facilities, Smith approaches quality assurance – from visual inspection to destructive and nondestructive testing – proactively in our certified labs.

Build Tailored Inventory Management Solutions That Fit Your Requirements

Smith customizes inventory-management programs as a hedge against shortage situations. Creating a procurement solution ahead of product shortages provides security and stability in the often uncertain and volatile semiconductor market.

Smith is in the business of matching buyers and sellers of electronic components. Utilizing the decades-long relationships we’ve built with key players in the technology industry, we procure quality parts for our customers. Sourcing electronic components during shortage situations is one of Smith’s most essential capabilities.

Certifications and Affiliations


Our avoidance protocol, detection, mitigation, and disposition of counterfeit electronic parts keep inauthentic components out of the aerospace supply chain and protect quality, safety, and performance.



Smith upholds additional standards for safety and reliability that meet the aerospace industry’s stringent security and dependability needs.


CCCI-102 Level 1 and Level 2

Our quality inspectors’ CCCI-102 certification expands upon the anti-counterfeit standards contained in Smith’s CCAP-101 certification and helps to safeguard the global supply chain from inauthentic components.



GIDEP membership gives Smith access to resources that provide us with details about companies involved in incidents of suspect counterfeit parts.



ERAI membership provides access to a global network of resources to help identify high-risk suppliers and detect counterfeit parts.

Hear From Our People

Sourcing electronic components during shortage situations is a cornerstone of Smith’s business. We’ve been a key player in the market for decades, and our partner relationships help us source the parts our customers need.

Marc Barnhill

Chief Executive Officer

Smith Insights in Shortage Sourcing

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