New York-based Arrow Electronics, Inc. (ARW) is one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computing products. The company sources products from about 600 suppliers and distributes them to over 140,000 customers through its 240 sales facilities and 21 distribution centers across 55 countries and territories. The company distributes products to over 70 countries and territories. Arrow also employs sales representatives who sell products on the field and by telephone. The customer base typically comprises original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), contract manufacturers (CMs), value-added resellers (VARs) and other commercial users. The company's products primarily target the industrial sector, (companies manufacturing machine tools, factory automation equipment or robotics equipment). Other important end markets include computing, telecom, automotive, aerospace, and scientific and medical devices. ARW has a broad customer base, with no single customer generating more than 2% of the total sales. Competition comes from other electronics product distributors such as Avnet, Bell Microproducts, Avx Corporation and Future Electronics.
Arrow's offerings can be broadly divided into two categories:(Read more at Wikinvest )