Welcome one and all to Distribution Watch, our weekly roundup of the best nuggets of news from all of your favorite distributors both large and small. This week we’ve got some exciting developments from D&H Distributing, Avnet (AVT) and Ingram Micro (IM).
D&H: Our friends in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, have signed an agreement with Google (GOOG) to offer the Chrome Management console to its business and education resellers. The Chrome Management console is an online offering that allows administrators to manage as many as thousands of Chromebook devices from a single interface, according to the press release. D&H will offer the Chrome Management console to customers on a license basis through the company’s Licensing Desk.
The console has been gaining traction in the education market thanks to its low price point and ease of use with notebooks utilizing the Chrome OS. D&H said it plans to offer Chromebooks from partners including Acer, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Lenovo and Samsung at different price points to give buyers options. The company is offering the Chrome Management console for SMB markets as well as the K-12 education market.
“The industry has been waiting for effective management that can regulate multiple devices in the new, increasingly mobile workplace,” said Rob Eby, vice president of Purchasing at D&H Distributing, in a statement. “Chrome’s console fills that need, making management of an extensive volume of Chrome-based notebook computers accessible from a single, unified point on the network.”
Avnet: Avnet Electronics Marketing took home TE Connectivity’s 2013 Broadline Electronic Global Distributor of the Year award this week for its significant global sales and market share growth of TE products. The company presented its 2013 Electronic Distributor Awards during its recent Global Distribution Summit in Los Angeles, where it also recognized Mouser Electronics for its sales achievements.
This accolade is the second honor bestowed upon Avnet in the past month. The company recently snagged an HP PartnerOne Award for Growth Distributor of the Year Canada, and in March was named one of the Ethisphere’s Institute’s 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
"Achieving our 2013 Broadline Global Distributor of the Year award, Avnet had outstanding sales growth of TE products in all three regions of the world, improving share gains and positioning them to offer best-in-class design-in and supply chain services to their customers,” said Joan Wainwright, president, Channel and Customer Experience at TE Connectivity, in a statement. “We are incredibly proud of the strength of these partnerships and applaud both Avnet and Mouser for sharing TE's commitment to exemplary customer service."
Ingram Micro: The global distributor has entered into a strategic sourcing and integrated supply chain services agreement with the 360 Group, a consortium of Verizon Wireless’ largest national dealers. The agreement officially makes Ingram Micro Mobility the preferred handset distributor and services provider for the Verizon Wireless retailers that make up the 360 Group, which includes A Wireless, Diamond Wireless, Go Wireless and Moorehead Communications.
The agreement will see Ingram Micro Mobility integrate directly into more than 1,750 points of sale and will also provide the 360 Group with supply chain services, supply chain management, strategic sourcing, device lifecycle management and more. Ingram Micro Mobility will be integrated directly into the point-of-sale system of each of the 360 Group members, which will enable the company to increase its efficiency and productivity in its services and delivery processes, essentially driving optimal device availability and inventory management and reducing inventory obsolescence, according to the company. These services are expected to begin sometime in Q2 2014, according to the release.
"This is an excellent partnership which will benefit both Ingram Micro Mobility and 360 Group as we bring our highly complementary competencies together,” said Bashar Nejdawi, Ingram Micro’s president of North America Mobility, in a statement. “Supplying critical wireless device lifecycle management services to this important and highly influential group within the Verizon Wireless channel reaffirms our role as a leading provider of global mobility services and solutions."
Thanks for joining us once again for Distribution Watch. That’s all for now, but you can bet that we’ll be back with more breaking stories from throughout the channel next week. Make sure you enjoy the lovely spring weather this weekend, and keep on distributing.