Feeds

Compaq takes further direct step

Channel likely to be absolutely livid

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Compaq will infuriate its channel in the middle of this week when it introduces a range of low-end desktop PCs sold to customers directly by its own sales staff. And the boxes may well be built by third parties, giving rise to fears of further job cuts at Compaq manufacturing plants worldwide. The move will mark a further step in Compaq's plans to slim its model to match Dell and follows reports, exclusively revealed here, of IBM's move to a similar channel model. Eckhard Pfeiffer, CEO of Compaq, will announce the plans to an audience in the US on Wednesday and will try to justify the u-turn by pointing out the slenderness of margins. It is also expected to announce that it is going to sub-contract some of the manufacturing of the desktop PCs to so-far unnamed third parties. That is likely to give rise to fears of further job cuts in the Compaq manufacturing superstructure. While Compaq's UK channel is likely to have the ability to sell the low end, slender priced boxes, the margins will discourage them from so doing. The boxes will be sold through Compaq's Glasgow call centre in this country. Compaq UK was unable to comment on the reports at press time. ® Related Stories Big Blue goes direct and claims Compaq has followed Compaq launches retail build to order scheme Dell stalks Compaq Vendor franchises margin on the ridiculous Compaq cherry picks the SMEGs

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?
Justice minister's attack to destroy ability to challenge state
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’
Catapult me a Mojito, I feel an Digital Innovation coming on
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else
Spill those Android secrets, or we’ll fine you
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.