LATAM: American broadliner Tech Data has completed the sale of its business operations in Chile and Peru to its nemesis Ingram Micro. The distributor also plans to exit its operations in Uruguay. These steps will enable Tech Data to focus its investment and development efforts on expanding its Latin America export business in Miami and its operations in Mexico, a larger and more developed IT market. The distributor recently appointed industry veteran Eduardo Coronado as managing director, Tech Data Mexico. In this role, Coronado leads the strategic direction of the Company's sales and operations efforts in Mexico.
MakerBot Europe and TD Datech, Tech Data Europe's specialist brand for the value-added distribution of Autodesk design software, will work together in distributing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. TD Datech will exclusively distribute the MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer portfolio, which includes the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer and the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, as well as the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner and MakerBot PLA and ABS Filaments. This partnership is the first in its kind for TD Datech which, until now, distributed mostly software solutions.
Tech Data launches Datech eStore
TD Datech, Tech Data Europe's specialist brand for Autodesk design software, has launched an eStore for Autodesk resellers. The first release of the Datech eStore gives resellers a simple and cost-effective way of selling new Autodesk term-based licenses, called Desktop Subscriptions, and renewing desktop and maintenance subscription contracts for term-based and perpetual licenses respectively. The Datech eStore can be embedded in resellers' own websites or offered through links to a stand-alone hosted service. In both instances, the Datech eStore is branded with the reseller's own logo, welcome message and calls-to-action, offering a truly integrated e-commerce experience to customers. Resellers select the products they want to offer via the Datech eStore, specifying their own pricing and terms and conditions. In addition, recent enhancements between Autodesk and Tech Data back-office systems provide 24/7 zero-touch capability, which enables automated end-to-order fulfilment and invoicing for appropriately connected resellers. The Datech eStore enables resellers to provide a seamless user experience to customers purchasing new Autodesk Desktop Subscriptions and perpetual licenses or renewing current subscription contracts, while significantly reducing the cost per transaction. The Datech eStore is available immediately in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Early next year, coverage will increase to all the countries where Datech distributes, including Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia. Future releases of the Datech eStore will increase product and service offerings to all Autodesk and selected Tech Data products, while also allowing resellers to offer their own products and services.
Tech Data Europe has launched an enhanced version of InTouch, its web-based e-commerce solution, including an improved search function and navigation that allows users to find and purchase products with fewer clicks than before. InTouch gives customers fingertip access to Tech Data Europe's complete product catalogue, enabling resellers to track their order history and invoices, and make after-sales enquiries. The enhanced version features improved navigation with clear product categories, so users can immediately select the type of product they need using intuitive tools for screen-sizing and pricing, as well as one-click selection of required features. The presentation of search results has been made leaner and simpler, making visual comparisons and refinement of the search easier. Information needed is visible on one screen so there is no need for additional scrolling. Craig Partington, EMEA eBusiness director at Tech Data Europe, states: "With the latest release of InTouch, we have made it even easier and faster for resellers to find what they want, so they spend less time searching for the right product and more time dealing with the needs of their customers. The process is logical and neat—with just a few clicks, you can narrow down your search to a handful of suitable solutions or a specific product. These changes make InTouch an even more useful tool for resellers and retailers looking to respond quickly to customer enquiries and maximise their chances of winning business." Tech Data has created a special set of visual guides to the updated system, including a short demonstration video, to explain the enhancements.
Tech Data Europe has appointed Johan Vandenbussche to the new position of senior vice president, Operations. In this role, Vandenbussche will lead the Operations unit in Tech Data Europe, including overall responsibility for HR, Logistics, IT coordination and the company's internal consulting team, which focuses on the standardization and enhancement of working practices across its country operations. He will join the company's European Executive Board and will report to Néstor Cano, President Europe. For the last 15 years Vandenbussche served as a senior international executive with Tech Data's arch-nemesis Ingram Micro, variously holding responsibility as vice president for regional operations, M&A in Europe and the company's pan-European business unit.
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