Tech Data test-drives the distribution of iPhone accessories
Telephony specialist Tech Data Mobile has started a pilot programme for Apple's SIMlock-free iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and related accessories in France and Germany. Other countries will follow in the following weeks.
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.
Avnet Names Michael Buseman Chief Global Logistics and Operations Officer
Multispecialist Avnet has named Michael Buseman as chief global logistics and operations officer. As announced in July, Avnet's current global logistics and operations officer, Gerry Fay, was promoted to global president for Avnet Electronics Marketing. Buseman was selected to succeed Fay based on a strong background of more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry. Having begun his career as a process and manufacturing engineer, Buseman is an accomplished operating and supply chain executive with global experience managing manufacturing and warehouse operations in the electronics manufacturing systems (EMS) provider space.
Dell to review its distributor network
On its Dell Technology Camp in Paris, Dell has unveiled plans to fully review its distributor network in the EMEA region. Following the acquisitions of SonicWALL, Wyse and Quest Software, Emmanuel Mouquet, Dell's VP in Europe, explained last year to ITdistri the vendor planned to keep all related distributors. Dell has since seemingly reviewed its position, and decided it was time to swing axe on some of its 170 distributors through a rationalization process. More details should arise over the coming weeks and months, even if the distributor underlines the fact that distributors will continue to be key instrument in its growth strategy in the EMEA region.
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.