Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that the Avnet Logistics Programming Operations team processed more than 330,000,000 electronic components during its 2012 fiscal year. Reaching this milestone further positions the company as the technology distribution leader in programming services. Avnet provides complete device programming, testing and device security services through its ten programming facilities in Arizona, Brazil, California, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Hampshire, Shanghai and Singapore. “Avnet’s leadership in programming services gives our customers a competitive edge by accelerating their time to market and enabling global supply chain flexibility,” said Gerry Fay, chief global logistics and operations officer, Avnet, Inc. “Avnet provides complete logistics and supply chain services in every region of the world, helping customers better manage the challenges of global design and production migration. By working with our experienced and trusted team of technicians, customers can program devices closer to their manufacturing facilities with the assurance that their components are in secure hands.” Avnet was able to reach this programming services milestone in part due to the recent implementation of an innovative global shop floor control system, which provides Avnet’s customers and sales teams with visibility into each stage of the production process, quality control information and order shipment details. Customers can seamlessly transfer the programming of their devices to any of Avnet’s programming centers worldwide, helping them to keep pace with fluctuations in their forecasts. Avnet’s global shop floor control system also significantly decreased the amount of time needed to identify field quality issues from weeks to days, and it can provide customers with a granular audit trail (down to the person and machine) for each device Avnet programs. Avnet’s global programming management services turn programmable components into customized devices for specific applications in industries such as automotive, medical, telecommunications and consumer technology. These services are designed to support both small prototype runs and large volume production levels. In addition, Avnet provides its customers with advanced security solutions for their programmable devices to reduce the risks of reverse engineering, counterfeiting and copyright infringements. Avnet provides a full range of serialization and security services to assure customers that their information is not compromised. These include programming of Media Access Control Addresses, Radio Frequency Identification tags, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection keys and license keys into integrated circuits. Avnet reduces customers’ risks by assuring no duplication of data, full traceability, secured data storage and full reporting services.