The electronic component trading industry has been largely operating offline. Typically, orders are placed by email or phone, that is until a new kid on the block decided to disrupt the industry: Sourceability started trading online with its new venture Sourcengine and it is setting new industry standards.


Electronic components

Sourceability by the numbers

Merchants on the marketplace
International locations

The Challenge

The making of a new type of marketplace

Sourcengine aims to turn a classic B2B business model into a user-friendly online platform while connecting buyers and vendors in one place. The backbone of Sourcengine is quality and logistics. Operating on three different continents with 15 strategic locations around the globe, the business wants to provide an international, unique user experience, which mimics the ease of use mainly seen on B2C platforms.

The electronic components market comprises 580 million items. Sourcengine features more than half a billion products on its platform covering almost the entire market. This is about the same size that Amazon covers on their marketplace.

We want to become the Amazon for the component trading industry. Customers have been suffering from a lack of transparency for too long. It’s time to remove borders and sell and purchase components through an e-commerce marketplace.

Yashar Shahabi Senior Vice President Digital Solutions, Sourceability LLC

The Spryker Commerce OS as the Foundation

How is Sourcengine’s marketplace changing the market?

Scheduling delivery

Customers have the possibility of ordering components in batches. They may request to receive the first batch within the next two months and the second batch in several years’ time. Also, future batches can be rescheduled at a later point, which increases customer convenience and allows for flexibility when facing fluctuating market conditions.

Handling company excess

In this industry, the excess might occur at any stage due to changing market conditions or shifts inside a business. Therefore, being able to re-sell any surplus is a big bonus for buyers. This entails that simultaneously to being a buyer, customers can act as vendors on the marketplace.

Monitoring process performance

In the back-end, a State Machine handles this process in a structured way. Data validation and a steady communication stream with external systems ensure that order requirements can be met at any point. From a data perspective, the State Machine assists in monitoring process performance. Internal stakeholders can utilize it to identify edge cases and flaws – even in the early stages, which makes it easy to evaluate the business value and optimize the process accordingly.

Automating excess handling

Similar to the above scenario of scheduling delivery, the State Machine allows identifying perfect matches between demand and supply. Any components (batches) that are flagged by the customer as excess, will be immediately taken into consideration for new orders.

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Digitization of an Entire Industry

Sourcengine opens new doors for electronic component trade

Taking an analog business model online is not an easy venture. Sourcengine has applied the right mix of deep industry knowledge with a technology-driven customer-centric approach to help digitize an entire sector. Enabling customers to digitally buy and sell around the world, without a middleman, is opening new doors for electronic component trade and industry-wide product transparency.


Spryker benefits in a nutshell

Shahabi revealed in the exclusive interview with Spryker that thanks to smooth implementation, Sourcengine experienced no
hickups during the launch. The Spryker Commerce OS has been helping Sourcengine achieve three objectives that are crucial to
a marketplace model:

  • Big data handling
  • Fast implementation speed
  • Customization
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Thanks to AWS, Spryker was able to fulfill the customer's needs, when they needed it to make it a success. The composability on AWS is crucial to deliver the highest level of flexibility for customer requests. It allows the customer to select the best-of-breed components they need, which will work seamlessly and reliably straight away, thanks to Spryker being a truly composable platform and the high levels of service AWS has. Due to AWS, the onboarding takes from as little as 4 hours to 1-2 days, compared to months previously. With the Spryker Cloud Commerce OS solution, built on AWS, Spryker can scale computational and storage resources to accommodate the customer's goals.

Updated in January 2024

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