Q:What is your primary focus when serving the design engineer?
Design engineers often work under tight deadlines
and have to manage multiple projects at the same
time. Our goal is to make their lives as easy as
possible by stocking a wide range of electronic
products that we can get to the customer quickly,
provide them with a broad set of tools to help
them in the design process and back that up with
47 local sales offices serving the US, Canada, and
Mexico that can provide the support they need.
Q:What value-added services do you provide beyond component supply?
Allied has two great tools available free of charge
to design engineers. The first is DesignSpark PCB,
a downloadable software tool to help engineers
design PCB boards. The second is DesignSpark
Mechanical, a 3D direct modeling tool that can
easily import and build 3D designs. Both of these
programs are available free of charge to Allied
customers to help ease the design process.
Q:What can you offer customers to protect hem from counterfeit and other marginal
Allied just recently obtained one of the highest
levels of certification to protect customers from
counterfeit parts. The AS9120A specification,
geared specifically toward the defense and aviation
markets, requires distributors to meet a stringent
set of requirements to be able to trace the origin
of the products they sell. Allied is fully committed
to authorized distribution and our customers
can be confident knowing they are working with
an authorized distributor when purchasing from
Q:How do you help your customers meet their time-to-market demands?
Allied is one of the largest in-stock distributors of
electronics and automation products in the US.
That means we can get products to our customers
faster than most other distributors in the market. In
addition to our large selection of in-stock products,
Allied also has the latest order cut-off time in our
industry. Customers can order as late as 10PM ET
and still have their order ship that same day.
Q:Describe your company’s e-procurement services?
Allied e-procurement services can support
any major integration or 3rd party service.
We’ve worked with many fortune
500 companies to directly
integrate with their supply chain
solutions to reduce the overall
cost of procurement. Some
examples of our integrations
include EDI, cXML, xCBL, OCI
and marketplaces such as Ariba,
PerfectCommerce, SciQuest and
Q:How do you help customers keep rocurement costs within budget and
One of the biggest challenges in the procurement
process is having to work with multiple suppliers
to source products. Submitting requests for
quotes and dealing with several suppliers to
source the products for a single project can be
time consuming and costly. Allied’s broad range
of products from over 300 authorized suppliers
means that customers can use a single source for
their project needs. In addition to our in-stock
selection of products, Allied also partners closely
with our manufacturers to provide an expanded
portfolio of over 3,000,000 products that our
customers can order online or through any of 47
Dan began his career at Allied in 2004 as a member
of the eCommerce team. In 2007, he was promoted
to director of eCommerce. Under his leadership,
the company’s online business has grown from $12
million to more than $150 million. Dan was promoted
to vice president of marketing and the Allied
executive management team in April 2013. In his
new role, he is responsible for both the eCommerce
and Marketing teams.
In 1998, Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree from
Colorado State University in Psychology, and while
at Allied, he earned his MBA from the University of
Texas at Arlington in 2011. Dan has more than 15
years in marketing/eCommerce and more than 15
years in the distribution industry. He has served on
ECIA committees and advisory groups for Google and
Endeca. Definitely an innovator, Dan wrote his first
computer program when he was just seven years old.
He is married with two daughters and enjoys being
Dan Stewart, Vice President of Marketing,
We’ve worked with many fortune 500
companies to directly integrate with
their supply chain solutions to reduce
the overall cost of procurement.