Tom Chen
Tom Chen
FIA-IS at Future Electronics
Shenzhen, China
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Company Website: Future Electronics

Founded in 1968, Future Electronics is a worldwide leader in electronic components distribution, and is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry today. Headquartered in Montreal and operating in 169 locations in 42 countries around the world, Future Electronics has earned an impressive reputation for providing outstanding service and developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions.

The company’s success is largely built upon its commitment to maintain close business partnerships with suppliers and customers, coupled with the strength of its commercial and technical competencies through all stages of the design-production cycle.

Future Electronics is globally integrated, supported by one IT infrastructure which provides real time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of operations, sales and marketing worldwide.

Future Electronics boasts the most knowledgeable sales team and provides the most advanced engineering/design capabilities and technical solutions, award-winning customer service, best-in-class global trade compliance program, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world.

Offering the industry’s highest level of overall service, including customer-specific programs and processes, and worldwide e-commerce support, the company’s mission is always to Delight the Customer


Future Lighting Solutions


Future Lighting Solutions is a leading provider of solid-state lighting technologies, engineering expertise and online simulation and design tools. Our mission is to facilitate application development and accelerate customers’ time to market. Our comprehensive portfolio includes a broad selection of LED system components, and integrated solutions that enable our customers to manufacture cost effective, energy efficient lighting applications.

Future Connectivity Solutions


In order to grow, distribution must continually evolve and differentiate; the current demand for seamless connectivity is providing that stimulus.

To provide a real differentiator, distribution must go far beyond traditional component-level technical support and provide support for the whole business delivering unexpected value.

The model adopted by Future Connectivity Solutions (FCS) is that of technology integrator. Rather than focusing just on adding value to customers’ products, FCS focuses on adding value to customers’ business by showing how emerging technologies can create enhanced efficiency, productivity and new revenue streams.

Key areas for growth will be:

Healthcare Industrial Agriculture Transportation Intelligent buildings M2M infrastructure.

The ‘Internet of Things’ continues to fuel demand. To capitalize on this vast potential, customers will need a supplier who can do more than simply sell them hardware; they will need a partner who can also supply a complete package of services.

Future Connectivity Solutions is ready to be this partner for our customers and move beyond traditional technical distribution by providing modular solutions, software and complementary services which are the building blocks of new revenue streams. Our vision is to be known as the leading provider of communication and connectivity services, being recognized for our ability to support customers through their entire product cycle within the low power wireless arena:

802.15.4 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Cellular GPS RFID

Our current market-leading portfolio of products will continue to be enhanced with complimentary and innovative devices to ensure we can fulfill any requirement. From the Body Area Network to the Wireless Wide Area Networks through strong partnerships and system design capabilities, we will offer our customers a complete ecosystem to support their design requirements.

Embedded Solutions Module Solutions Custom Hardware and Software Development & Evaluation Tools ODM, Test and Certification RF & Wireless Technical Expertise and Support

Future Energy Solutions


Future Energy Solutions is a leading provider of components, engineering solutions and system solutions vital to companies in the energy sector. Future Energy Solutions provides resources, programs, partners, logistics support and system solutions to promote the implementation of energy efficiency and clean energy.

Future Display Solutions

Future Display Solutions is a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution, marketing and technical

support of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) solutions for customers of all sizes worldwide.

Complete Product Offerings

LCD Displays (Monochrome/Color, STN/TFT/OLED)

Touchscreen solutions covering different technologies (Resistive, Projected Capacitive, Surface Capacitive, Infrared, Surface Acoustic Wave, Acoustic Pulse Recognition)

Touchscreen Controllers

Video Scalar Controller Boards (Custom/Standard)

LCD Controller ICs

Single Board Computers

Inverters/LED Driver Boards


Tool Loaner Program

Future Display Solutions has a well-stocked, up-to-date and comprehensive LCD demo program. Our LCD demos are available for customers to evaluate and qualify the different products we offer.

Our dedicated LCD Display engineers are available to discuss more details with you about your projects.

To access these and our many other LCD demos, and for further information, contact us at

Innovative Display Solutions

Our experienced and knowledgeable team can provide any solution from simple value-added solutions to complete integration builds. Market segments and applications where we have a proven track record include:


Our quality solutions can meet all design requirements:

System Integration

– Touchscreen Addition

– Open Frame Solution

– Mechanical and Electronics Design

– EMI Shielding

Display Enhancement

– Passive/Active Enhancement

– Optical Bonding

- Ruggedization


Advanced Engineering Group

Future Electronics’ Advanced Engineers are system design experts, with in-depth knowledge on a variety of design approaches to help you solve real design challenges. Our Advanced Engineers are Factory Certified by a range of suppliers on a wide breadth of technologies.

These highly trained Advanced Engineers are an extension of our suppliers’ engineering teams and they have insight into new product roadmaps, reference designs, tools and design methodologies.

Future’s Advanced Engineers can help with (not limited to):

System and Architecture Trade-off Analysis

Product Selection

Product Evaluation, Benchmarking and Selection

Design Tool and Methodology Consulting

Design Reviews

FPGA Design Services

System Design Centers (SDC)

Future Electronics’ Advanced Engineering Group provides in-depth engineering services including system design services, technical support and global logistics, enabling lower system costs, increasing product integration and functionality, and reducing time-to-market.

Future Electronics’ System Design Centers provide a complete offering of solutions from new product introductions (NPI) to evaluation and development kits, reference designs, demo boards, proof of concepts and other various design consulting services.

With over 300 engineers based in the Americas, Asia and Europe, we have both the experience and the resources needed to be your valued partner.

One of the most valued services of our System Design Center is our Tool Loaner Program. Future Electronics offers, on loan, free development tools from many of our major manufacturer partners. This allows you to evaluate both hardware platforms as well as tool offerings without significant up front expenditures.

Future Electronics also develops reference and evaluation platforms that we can offer to you. These designs will often incorporate a variety of technologies that act as enablers to product development. These tested and documented designs include the hardware, software and documentation needed to replicate example designs or applications.

Supply Chain Solutions

At Future Electronics our goal is to remove as much volatility from your supply chain as possible, while providing you with the lowest total cost of acquisition (TAC). Additionally, our supply chain strategies provide you with the competitive edge required to be a market leader.

Our Supply Chain experts have the knowledge and experience to assist you in implementing an effective and balanced model focused on security of supply.

Read more in our Fact Sheets.

Fact Sheet 1 - Materials Management

Fact Sheet 2 - Electronic Commerce Capabilities

Fact Sheet 3 - Customer Advisory Services

Fact Sheet 4 - Planning and Constraint Visibility

Fact Sheet 5 - First Link

Supply Chain Transformation

Many companies today offer supply chain management - we believe in giving you much more than mere management tools. Future Electronics is uniquely positioned to offer a comprehensive range of services and innovative solutions to develop a powerful, customized program tailored especially for your needs and goals, to truly transform your supply chain.

The benefit to you is a Supply Chain Partner and process that:

Focuses on improving your key metrics

Ensures inventory availability & reduced replenishment time

Reduces your Total Acquisition Cost

Reduces your time to market through Design For Supply Chain Engineering Support

Gives you immediate access to Web-based B2B E-Commerce Tools

Offers free consultative services and support on developing and implementing lean initiatives

Future’s programs to address your needs:

Future Managed Inventory

Future Managed Inventory (FMI) is a unique concept in the world of electronics distribution. While other distributors may talk about bonding inventory, only Future Electronics offers a true electronic bonding process. When you release product from a FMI, the material is first pulled from our available-to-sell (ATS) inventory. If the ATS runs low, only then is the material pulled from the your FMI bond, resulting in genuine safety stock.

Future Managed Inventory offers Just-In-Time (JIT) deliveries, with near zero lead times, so that you get what you need, when you need it!

Bonded Inventory Management

Ours is a true inventory bonding program. Material is electronically bonded in our distribution center and delivered to you when needed. With Future’s BIM, scheduling orders is no longer required. With Future’s BIM, your company can significantly improve its cash-to-cash cycle time and inventory turns, while also minimizing excess and obsolete inventory.

In addition, you will have real-time access to your bonds and ensure Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery, by enhancing your BIM program with one of our full-service e-commerce solution packages, including Web-based applications.

Supply Chain Advisory Consultant Services

Our Supply Chain Advisory Consultant Services are provided to assist you in re-engineering your supply chain, manufacturing or warehousing capabilities. Our global team is comprised of highly qualified operations, materials, warehouse and logistic, IT , ERP professionals who were once customers. Let our team’s ‘real world’ experience and first-hand knowledge accelerate your operational efficiency and improve your bottom line! Based on your specific needs, our consultative services may include:

Lean Manufacturing Services

Our highly trained engineers and expert consultants are lean practitioners and trainers with real world experience. We will conduct a full assessment of your site, anywhere in the world, and provide a detailed proposal and implementation plan that will drastically improve the efficiency and profitability of your operation. We will then work with you to ensure your organization experiences a seamless implementation and realizes measurable results. Customers can expect to realize reductions in operational costs, cycle times, lead times and excess and obsolete inventory.

Strategic Guidance

Lean implementations

World-class manufacturing presentations

Roundtable strategy sessions

Case study seminars and discussions


Operations Review and Assessment

On-site operations evaluation

Customer-specific recommendations

Overview of available process alternatives

Performance of economic impact analysis

Implementation Support

Structure of program plan and implementation

Hands-on guidance throughout implementation period

Kanban – demand pull process


High performance cell manufacturing

On-site inventory solutions

Supply Chain E-Commerce Solutions

Our goal is to apply our knowledge and Future’s tool set to help you drive down costs and eliminate waste, while improving efficiencies in your operations through the use of “Lean Practices.” FIRST is the world’s most versatile material management program, with the most recognized e-commerce replenishment software in the industry.

Our electronic commerce solutions increase the speed of execution, reducing cycle time and automating your procurement activity.

FIRST® (Future’s Inventory Replenishment Systems Technology)

Whether you use EDI-x12, EDIFACT , RosettaNet or a proprietary process, Future’s FIRST Team can work with you to establish a reliable, high performance program developed specifically for your needs.

FIRST Cloud-based Solution Portal is designed for next generation Supply Chain Solutions. FIRST provides the latest capabilities in supporting global requirements for customers who manufacture around the world, enabling an immediately accessible, visibility of dynamic data, bonded inventory, available-to-sell inventory, MRP Gap analysis, order tracking, invoice imaging, and more. The program’s open supplier architecture allows you to create a single process for all suppliers, all commodities.

FIRST Cloud-based solutions can be set up using a variety of lean manufacturing replenishment models: Kanban-pull systems, consignment-on-site inventory, supplier managed inventory, Min/Max reorder for your entire supplier base.

FIRST also offers bar code capabilities using a variety of off-the-shelf solutions, portable scanner interfaces, Bluetooth and tethered scanners, iPad/iPhone bar code readers.

Future Electronics’ Collaborative Planning and Execution Solutions

Optimizing the supply chain today requires a seamless integration of data between customers’ and suppliers’ demand planning systems. MRP Forecast sharing is a key element to ensuring the supply chain is performing at its highest level.

Future Electronics’ Cloud-based supply chain planning and execution solutions support manufacturing replenishment from Kanban, MRP Forecast Sharing/auto release, PO release and consignment – in plant stores.

Integrated MRP Forecasts Sharing

Net or gross requirements generated by MRP or a demand planning system can be sent via EDI, AS2 or a proprietary format using standard mail protocols or FTP sites. Forecasts represent components and purchased parts required out through the planning horizon.

Integrated MRP Schedule Sharing with Auto Release is the optimal tool to driving demand signals and replenishment through the entire supply chain.

Developing a custom release criteria (rules), 1st bucket, 2nd bucket or min/max to maximize inventory turns and reducing replenishment lead times

PO Release file –electronic exchange purchase orders/replenishment orders


Improved cash-to-cash cycle and working capital

Improved inventory turns

Demand management fluctuation protection

Reduced E&O material

Increase flexibility to meet your end customers’ needs

99.5% on time delivery

Lowest total cost of ownership

Our supply chain experts continually assess the risk and volatility in the supply chain and provide Security of Supply and lowest Total Cost of Acquisition through our supply chain solutions, one customer at a time.