Season of Gratitude

DENVER, COLORADO – As the final week of the year approaches, families over the globe are beginning to wind down and prepare for the holiday festivities. Whether it’s an afternoon stroll to the Wienachtsdorf by Sechseläutenplatz or an evening of revelry among friends at Temple House in Taikoo Li, many are celebrating the year with joy, thoughtful gifts, and gratitude.

With a global footprint of more than 80 countries, we at Arrow are especially grateful for all the local communities that have supported us with their business and nurtured us with talented, industrious people who take much pride of their work at Arrow. For all the late nights we plow into a circuit board or long trips to a remote customer site to solve a thorny edge computing problem, what brings us most joy throughout the year is the quality of life improvements for millions of people and communities brought by the products we helped our customers design.

One such product is the Solar Suitcase. Each year, hundreds of thousands of expectant mothers in under-developed corners of the world lose their lives because they happen to go into labor at night and there is no electricity for lighting and equipment. In 2018, Arrow teams around the world raised funds to provide off-grid power to three health clinics in Uganda through the nonprofit We Care Solar. Several Arrow groups helped We Care Solar design and manufacture a solar battery unit that powers LED lights and small medical devices. Thanks to the durability, affordability and portability of their design, we see extensive applications of the Solar Suitcase outside health clinics in fields as diverse as natural disaster relief, agriculture, arctic scientific research, environment conservation, and more.

Another project that has given us much pride over the years is the Semi-Autonomous Mobility (SAM) technology. Friends and family of Arrow will remember that a few years ago we met a brave IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt, who confronted a life-changing accident by pouring all his energy into helping others in similar circumstances, such as veterans. Thanks to Sam’s insight and partnership, a group of Arrow engineers developed the SAM technology, which enabled any quadriplegic driver to drive without assistance from another human. On a December 2018 episode of The Today Show, Sam picked up co-host Harry Smith, and the pair cruised by some of Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks. Back at NBC’s Rockefeller Center studios, Harry summed it up best: “You know it’s pretty cool and the world needs cool stuff that gives people hope.” Sam and we are currently working on the next generation of the technology that will step outside the car. In the meantime, we have made all of the existing SAM technology available free of charge to the public for research and development purposes.

But from our roots as a technology company guiding innovation forward, our global teams have long branched out to quality of life improvements that don’t call for a soldering iron or cloud servers in a data center. For example, in Europe, our Gdańsk team recently organized a holiday drive that provided disaster relief to families through the Polish philanthropic group the Wiosna Association. In the Americas, Arrow teams from nine offices donated food, funds, and winter supplies for their fellow citizens in need in Mexico, Brazil, the United States and Canada. In Asia, marathon runners from Arrow raised funds for local impoverished children and orphans. Back at our headquarters in Colorado, Arrow volunteers joined the Denver Rescue Mission and Wish for Wheels in extending a helping hand to members of the community in shelters and under-privileged areas. We are deeply proud and grateful for these and many other efforts by our global colleagues that make our work not only technologically important, but meaningful for the communities we serve.

Happy holidays from the Arrow family to you and yours, and as ever, thank you for your support in 2018. For those headed to the Consumer Electronics Show in January, see you at Eureka Park.

W. Victor Gao | Chief Marketing Officer | Arrow Electronics, Inc.



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