About Connected Thinking

Connected Thinking has been created by RS to provide valuable insight and procurement expertise to both businesses and individuals involved in the sectors we support. RS doesn’t simply supply customers with products; we collaborate with organisations to help identify better working practices that will help them to achieve sustainable efficiencies.
In the industry pages on this website, you will find articles featuring sector experts sharing advice and best practice, along with thought leadership, to help provide you with both inspiration and practical insight to help your organisation.

Our brands



    RS Components is the leading multi-channel industrial and electronics distributor across Europe and Asia Pacific. With a broad product range and high stock availability, we offer easy ordering, same-day despatch and fast, reliable delivery, backed by industry expertise and technical support.



    Electrocomponents, through its trading brands RS Components and Allied Electronics & Automation, is a global multi-channel distributor. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronics products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.



    DesignSpark is our online design community and resource centre for engineers. The DesignSpark website hosts a comprehensive range of free-of-charge software design tools, technical data and development resources, in addition to user generated reviews and shared knowledge.

  • IESA


    IESA provides outsourced procurement, inventory and stores management services, in addition to transactional processing services (P2P) to manufacturing and process industries. The services allow customers to improve their efficiency and consolidate their indirect procurement vendor base via a cloud-enabled proprietary marketplace solution, MyMRO.



    Synovos is an integrated supply management services provider, offering comprehensive and effective MRO supply chain management services that drive increased profitability, improved productivity and sustained reliability. Based in the United States, Synovos provides services around the globe, with additional business entities in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore, and Europe.



    Needlers and Liscombe are multi-specialist PPE solutions providers offering expertise and a wide range of products to food and industrial customers.

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