Global coronavirus outbreak

10 August, 2020

Farnell’s response to the global coronavirus outbreak

In these challenging times, we wanted to take a moment to update you on how we’re responding to the coronavirus.

Our hearts are with everyone who has been impacted by this virus across our global community. In the midst of a pandemic, we are reminded of how quickly things can change and that we should take nothing for granted.

Wellbeing of our employees, customers and partners

With that in mind, health and safety remain our top priority. We’ve encouraged our employees who can work from home to do so, and have arranged for others to work in split shifts to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of the coronavirus. We’re happy to conduct any meetings with you online or by phone, because our relationship with you is important to us, and, Farnell Sales and Service representatives are standing by for additional questions. Of course you can also reach us through our website, and use our online resources.

Business continuity

Much like you, we’re continuously monitoring the evolution of this situation as we balance employee safety with business continuity. As of today, our distribution centers are open and operating normally, and we have measures in place to protect our employees while maximizing efficiency and reduced risk. We’re collecting data from our manufacturing partners and freight forwarders to establish a clear picture of the flow of goods and the delivery situation per country. Each customer has different needs, so your Farnell Sales Representatives will work with you individually to clarify your requirements and agree on measures to mitigate the impact on your orders and backlog.

In addition to regular communication with your Farnell Sales and Service Representatives, you can find the latest updates on our response by region on the coronavirus (COVID-19) page on

For more than 80 years, our strong values have guided how we operate and interact with our customers, suppliers and each other. We’ve guided our customers through wave after wave of global disruption and technological change, and we’re ready to do it again.

Especially in times of uncertainty, we’re committed to helping you Reach Further — and doing so with the integrity, empathy, ingenuity, collaboration, objectivity and know-how that you expect from Farnell, part of the Avnet group.

As things continue to evolve, we’ll continue to communicate with you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Farnell Sales and Service Representatives and teams.

Farnell is part of the Avnet group of companies, and more information on this relationship can be found here.

Best regards,

Chris Breslin, President – Farnell