Ingram Micro expands into e-commerce services market with Shipwire
Broadliner Ingram Micro has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire Shipwire, a provider of global fulfillment services for emerging multi-channel brands. The Shipwire platform provides on-demand e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management from a network of global pick-pack and ship warehouses to more than 1,000 emerging brands and web retailers. Integrated into the top e-commerce platforms and based in Silicon Valley, Shipwire has pioneered cloud logistics with on-demand fulfillment center and shipping tools, Web services, and developer tools, that can all be used together to solve complex global logistics problems. Shipwire serves brands from more than 50 countries, selling to buyers across the world from facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Shipwire will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, will continue to lead the company as president of Shipwire, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, Global Logistics. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.
Ingram Micro Europe launches Vertical Markets and Lines of Business Focused Reseller Enablement Curriculum as part of Channel Transformation Alliance
Broadliner Ingram Micro Europe has launched the third year of its pan-European Channel Transformation Alliance initiative. Working in close collaboration with IT industry leaders including HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec, APC, Fujitsu, and more, Ingram Micro Europe has experienced strong response from its reseller, MSP, and ISV partner community who are actively transforming their business models to capture the opportunities with advanced technologies, mobility solutions, and IT-as-a-Service. The third year of the initiative, branded "CTA V.3", adds new relevant channel enablement training to help resellers, MSPs, and ISVs develop their expertise in vertical markets and implement sales and marketing approaches specifically targeting lines of business within end-user environments.
Ingram Micro Europe, together with all its vendor partners and its educational partners, SNIA Europe and SPC International, have grown the alliance over the last two years into a community of over 2,000 resellers who are actively downloading content on the portal (www.channeltransformation.com), attending business and technology focused webcasts, and participating in field-based events across Europe. The channel community benefits from free vendor-neutral education, primarily focused on sales, marketing, and service delivery content, all of which is delivered through the CTA training platform. Ingram Micro Cloud and Ingram Micro Advanced Solutions teams across Europe have conducted on average more than one field-based channel enablement event per week and per country in the past two years, including boot camps, workshops, roadshows, and roundtables.
Ingram Micro Europe optimizes the European leadership team structure to strengthen its market leadership
Broadliner Ingram Micro has unveiled changes to the European leadership team. The new President for Ingram Micro Europe, Gerhard Schulz, has revised his European leadership team in an effort to strengthen the organizational set-up. The change is centered around empowered country operations that operate close to the business. This empowerment is accomplished through fostering strong ties with the customers and vendors and through the sole focus and responsibility for a portfolio of business enabling profitable growth. In order to implement a consistent go-to-market approach, a new country organizational set-up has been adopted and consists of 5 geographical areas:
- the existing DACHH (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland) cluster headed by Marcus Adae
- the Southern Europe cluster covering France, Italy and Spain with Christian Bittebierre at the helm
- Benelux cluster (Belgium and the Netherlands) where Eric Segers is promoted to VP Benelux
- Ireland/UK region is headed by Brent McCarty VP Ireland/UK
- Derrick Wood, Executive Director Sweden will now report to Gerhard Schulz
In addition to the country cluster changes, Ernesto Schmutter and Sabine Howest have been asked to join the European leadership team. Ernesto Schmutter will assume the role of Executive Director International Businesses and Sabine Howest becomes the Executive Director Strategic Partner Relations and Business Intelligence Europe. As a consequence Vincenzo Baggio and Johan Vandenbussche have decided to leave to pursue opportunities outside Ingram Micro.
Ingram Micro acquires CloudBlue
Broadliner Ingram Micro has CloudBlue Technologies, a provider of enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services to large enterprise customers, retail customers and OEMs. CloudBlue will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Ken Beyer, former CEO and co-founder of CloudBlue, will continue to lead the company as vice president of Ingram Micro and president of CloudBlue, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, global logistics. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Ingram Micro signs with Lantronix
France: Ingram Micro's Advanced Solutions division has inked a distribution deal with M2M specialist Lantronix.