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Allied Electronics sparks same-day delivery with e-commerce sales

September 23, 2015 09:34 AM
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Business-to-business e-commerce accounts for more than half of total sales at electronics products distributor Electrocomponents plc, a distributor of electronics and other industrial products. Helping to build its online sales is its Texas-based subsidiary, Allied Electronics.

Allied, which sells online at AlliedElec.com, recently introduced same-day delivery to customers within a 60-mile radius of its Fort Worth headquarters.

“This is a great addition to our choice of delivery options,” says Chris Hewerdine, Allied’s director of operations. For a flat fee of $35, Allied delivers via FedEx within three to six hours from when customers place an order.

Earlier this year, Allied introduced a Quick Quote online application along with a new search tool that helps engineers and other customers find and get pricing on customized arrangements of high-tech electronics and other products.

United Kingdom-based parent Electrocomponents, meanwhile, says e-commerce accounted for 59%, or $1.131 billion, of total global sales of $1.917 billion, for the fiscal year ended March 31, its mostly recently reported financial figures. It says e-commerce sales grew 6% from the prior fiscal year.

Electrocomponents doesn’t break out sales by region. But it says its sharpest annual growth in total sales, at 10% for the 2015 fiscal year, was in North America, where in addition to AlliedElec.com, Allied Electronics operates more than 40 sales offices across the United States, Mexico and Canada.  

“With more than 3 million parts online and more than 115,000 products featured in the Allied Electronics product catalog, engineers and purchasers look to Allied for a broad range of products from more than 300 suppliers,” Electrocomponents says.

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