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Behind The Scenes: A Look Inside Avnet's Global Solutions Center

CRN took a tour of Avnet's Global Solutions Center, a 228,000-square-foot integration and logistics facility designed to build and ship 700,000 systems annually and give Avnet a leg up on the competition.

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Avnet Jammed With The Beatles (Briefly)

Avnet moved beyond the industrial and military industries and into the consumer electronics market with the 1960 purchase of audio equipment company British Industries Corp. and the acquisition of Guild Musical Instruments five years later.

During that era, Avnet sold everything from guitars and perfume bottles to television antennas and die-casting machines, leading to an encounter with Beatles legends John Lennon and George Harrison.

But by the mid-1970s, an economic downturn had forced Avnet to sell off business units that didn't relate to its core mission of sales, warehouse and stocking facilities. That was also the time when Avnet began investing in electronics and computing technology, leading eventually to the Technology Solutions division.

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