Farnell element14 announces success for onecall as it is named preferred supplier for the Higher Education Sector

onecall is entering its 14th year working with the Higher Education Sector as preferred supplier

onecall, Farnell element14’s dedicated distribution service for higher education and research councils, has been named preferred supplier for electronic components and electrical products by NUWPEC (National Universities’ Working Party on Electronic Components) in a recent OJEU tender.

onecall presents the higher education sector with a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Farnell element14 and CPC product ranges. Providing efficient access to 560,000 products in stock for next day delivery, 195,000 products from new extended ranges, committed sales and support teams and a dedicated onecall web site providing detailed technical libraries and rapid search facilities. In addition, onecall’s new online purchasing management system, iBuy, provides complete cost control, reduced administration time and total visibility of spend for users enabling further efficiencies to be achieved.

onecall’s proven track record in delivering a market leading service that meets the needs of procurement professionals is underpinned by a focus on the customer and their changing needs, working in partnership with NUWPEC.

onecall was awarded the framework agreement for all four lots of the tender, reference MAI 3104 NW for the Supply of Electronic Components and Associated Products, Service Kits, Tools, Fixings, Test & Measurement Equipment and Batteries:

Lot 1 - Supply and Delivery of Electronic Components, Associated Products & Service Kits

Lot 2 – Supply and Delivery of Tools & Fixings

Lot 3 – Supply and Delivery of Test & Measurement Equipment

Lot 4 – Supply and Delivery of Batteries

This success means that onecall is entering its 14th year working with NUWPEC.

NUWPEC (National Universities’ Working Party on Electronic Components) awarded a top supplier rating to onecall for pricing, technical support via its new Live Technical Chat service and its innovative approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.

Notes to Editors

onecall was formed in 1999 to service the distribution needs of universities and research councils, incorporating the services of two Premier Farnell operations, Farnell element14 and CPC.


About the Premier Farnell Group

The Premier Farnell group is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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