Distribution Watch: Avnet, Tech Data
Happy Friday, and welcome to the latest episode of Distribution Watch. It’s not soap opera or comedy, just the straight scoop on what’s what in the distribution space. This week we’ve got news from Avnet (NYSE:AVT) and Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD), so grab your Snuggie and let’s get it to it.
Avnet: Our friends from Phoenix was recognized for the fourth year in a row on Newsweek’s Green Rankings list. Avnet placed No. 139 overall, moving up six spots from 2011 and 82 spots from 2010 on the list, which compares the largest publically traded companies in the United States on environmental performance. The rankings are based on a company’s environmental footprint, corporate management and transparency.
Avnet has begun preparations to participate in the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting process, which is widely used by companies around the world as a way to report sustainability information in a way that is similar to financial reporting. Involvement in this global initiative represents an opportunity to aid in benchmarking progress with elements of external reporting accountability.
Avnet has taken numerous steps to reduce its impact on the environment. Some examples include:
- Occupying or updating buildings and warehouses with more sustainable designs.
- Modernizing locations to meet strict environmental standards such as LEED and ISO 14001.
- Implementation of a wide variety of both innovative and practical projects that have improved the power efficiency of Avnet’s data center operations, such as a new data storage management system, virtualization, a system hibernation script, green lighting and physical improvements.
- Enhancing recycling efforts at all facilities and the adoption of more environmentally friendly packaging materials.
- Using more energy-efficient lighting, which has saved Avnet’s Chandler, Ariz., component distribution center 3.8 million kilowatt hours per year, equating to more than $260,000 in energy savings.
- Enabling employees to work remotely, significantly reducing the amount of carbon released for those commuting to work and reducing the amount of office space required.
Tech Data: The global distributor added several new services to the company’s Cisco Solutions Group offering, including Cisco’s Unified Computing Systems (UCS) B-Series blade servers and C-series rack servers. Included in the new offering are build-to-order configurations, increased system engineering support, forecasting and stocking capabilities, and customizable enablement programs. The Cisco UCS offering is available immediately.
According to the distributor, Tech Data’s Cisco UCS offering enables resellers to reduce lead time, simplifies data center certification and authorization, and provides enhanced support. On average, resellers will see an 86 percent reduction in lead time for UCS B-Series configurations, the distributor noted. Currently, Tech Data is assisting hundreds of partners via Momentum and The Cisco Solutions Center to accelerate their UCS practice to market. Tech Data has also added dedicated Cisco system engineers to accommodate these robust new offerings.
And so ends another episode of Distribution Watch, starring you, the channel. Tune in next week for another exciting episode. Until then, stay safe. And stay warm in that Snuggie.