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Distie: Build the cloud and resellers will come... so WHERE ARE THEY?

Disties have built cloudy aggregation platforms for channel types under the assumption they would come… but they are still waiting for mass adoption. It would seem that reseller solutions provider reseller demand for brokerage services, such as the one that Arrow ECS launched 18 months ago has been a little underwhelming. Some …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2013
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Microsoft dumps two distributors overboard in Blighty cull

Microsoft has confirmed that it is to part ways with two distributors in the UK next year, following an intensive review of its contracts. The lucky pair are Avnet Technology Solutions and VIP Computers, both of which had been expected to leave the stables when Microsoft put the contracts out to tender last month in a Request …
Paul Kunert, 30 Oct 2013
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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic – and to a lesser extent sales of Apple's iPhone in certain countries across Europe – helped Ingram Micro offset declines in its mobility and Asia Pacific wings… but only just. First calendar quarter revenues at the world's bulkiest tech distie went up one per cent year-on-year to …
Paul Kunert, 24 Apr 2014
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Tech Data goes mobile

Distie Tech Data is setting up a joint venture with Brightstar Corp to sell mobile and wireless devices across Europe. Called Brightstar Europe Limited the company will distribute mobile phones and other gadgets to dealers, operators, and retailers. The firm will use Tech Data's logistics and Brightstar's mobile experience. …
John Oates, 02 Feb 2007
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Tech Data abandons Middle East

Tech Data, the world's second biggest technology distributor, is withdrawing from the Middle East with Aptec stepping in to fill the hole left in the region. In a filing made to the Securities and Exchange Commission Tech Data said that it expects to see a loss of up to $7m for the first half of fiscal 2008 because of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007
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TD Azlan set to rock up at EMC, murmur sources

EMC is to sign up TD Azlan as its third UK distie with a specific focus on the small biz space, The Channel can reveal. Distribution has been a tinker-free zone for EMC since it hauled in Arrow at the start of 2010: but with a raft of SME tech in the pipeline the vendor undertook a review of its roster. Sources close to the …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2013

Big Blue man Hansford to straddle saddle of Azlan's UK horse

Computer 2000 is preparing to usher on board IBM old hand Gareth Hansford to take control of its enterprise tech wing Azlan, say sources. The position was vacated by previous incumbent Colin McGregor in March last year and handed to Nigel Dunn, but sources told us Dunn has resigned and is working his notice period. IBM informed …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2013
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One airport not enough for SCC kingpin Sir Peter Rigby

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman of tech reseller giant SCC, has chosen to invest some cash made from the sale of his IT wholesaling arm into a controlling stake in Exeter International Airport (EIA). Moving into the aviation industry is not a new direction for Sir Peter, as his holding company, the Rigby Group, already owns Coventry …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013
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Rigby dynasty to retain control at SCC - 'no IPO for us'

SCC CEO James Rigby plans to pass the privately owned biz to the next generation of the clan rather than co-crafting a retirement plan with his brother based on a flotation or trade sale. The Rigby dynasty's Midlands empire, which includes service-based reseller SCC at its heart, sold distie wing SDG to Tech Data in 2012 for $ …
Paul Kunert, 18 Feb 2014
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Micro P parent does it AGAIN, kicks recession in nackers

DCC Sercom, parent of Brit IT distie Micro P and games console wholesaler Gem, has again laughed in the face of a flatlining local economy. Turnover in the tech division of Irish conglomerate DCC grew 17.9 per cent to €2.27bn (£1.92bn) for the year ended 31 March 2013, and a whopping 16.8 per cent of this was organic. The group …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Tech Data 'cautiously optimistic' after Q4 boost

IT distributor Tech Data saw shares rise more than three per cent on Wall Street yesterday after it posted strong fourth quarter results and a positive sales outlook. The firm said it expects revenue in the first quarter, which ends 30 April, to be between $5.65bn and $5.8bn – ring-fencing analyst predictions of $5.71bn. It …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Mar 2008

Distributing Microsoft gear in UK? You might not be for much longer

Microsoft has put out to tender its UK distribution contracts in a bid to ascertain if those already on board can be trusted to take the new services and device mantra to market. Seven UK wholesalers were forced to submit responses to an "enormous" Request For Proposal by 10 October and will be sitting on their hands for a month …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2013
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T-Mobile signs Tech Data Europe

Tech Data has struck a deal to distribute T-Mobile goods and services to resellers across Europe. In a written statement, Tech Data said it would be distributing T-Mobile's full range, including GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA (3G) data cards, notebooks with embedded SIM modules, and bundled SIM cards. Michael Wilkens, executive vice …
Mark Ballard, 19 Feb 2007
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Tech Data posts healthy Q2 profit

Shares in computer distributor Tech Data shot up eight per cent today on news that it had outshone Wall Street estimates on strong growth in the Americas. The firm, which posted a healthy quarterly profit and gave a revenue forecast for the current quarter that was above market expectations, saw shares jump $3.06 to $38.28 on …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Aug 2007
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Computer 2000 hands Hayward keys to marketing kingdom

Computer 2000 has lured Stewart Hayward, former head of UK marketing at rival Ingram Micro's as GM for its marketing function. Hayward left Ingram late last month after nearly two years at Milton Keynes-based Ingram but picks up the reins today at Basingstoke-based C2000, the UK arm of Tech Data. Andy Dow, who remains as …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2012
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Tech Data boss splits CEO, chairman roles

Tech Data boss Steve Raymund is giving up one of his two jobs at the distie giant, in a nod to best practice in corporate governance. He is staying on as chairman of the board, but will retire as CEO, once a replacement is found. Raymund will help look for his successor. ® Press statement. chart
Team Register, 19 Jan 2006
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Tech Data beats the Street

Restructuring costs for Tech Data's European operations meant a profits fall for the distie giant in Q3. Net income fell 40 per cent to $23m or 40c a share thanks to $4.8m in restructuring charges and $3.2 million of consulting costs related to the restructuring. Strip out the one-off charges and profit climbs to 53 cents a …
Team Register, 24 Nov 2005
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Graeme Watt leaves Tech Data

Graeme Watt, head of Tech Data Europe, has resigned to "pursue other interests". An accountant by training, Watt was UK finance director and managing director at Computer 2000 , Europe's biggest IT distie, which was acquired by Tech Data in 1998. Nestor Cano, president of worldwide operations at Tech Data will assume Watt's …
Drew Cullen, 08 Oct 2003

Another IBMer rolls into distribution

Arrow ECS has lured veteran IBM man Ian Jeffs to run its Big Blue franchise in the UK, say our chatty sources. This follows the exit of previous incumbent Allister Richardson who, according to his LinkedIn and Google + account, has since become EMEA boss at iSys Capital Technologies. Jeffs will use his near 20 years experience …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2013
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Tech Data ' pales beside Ingram Micro' - CSFB

Financial analysts like to second-guess the results of the firms they cover: it's a harmless sport - after all they are guided heavily by the firms - and they grab some press coverage into the bargain. So caveat aside and onto Credit Suisse First Boston's predicitons for Tech Data, the world's second biggest IT distie, which …
Drew Cullen, 26 May 2005

Surface Pro for enterprise: We name the dates and the lucky partners

The clock is ticking for Microsoft to get its house in order before Surface Pro launches in the UK business distribution channel in the middle of next month, say our people on the inside. As revealed by El Chan this week, five resellers are talking to Microsoft execs in Redmond about stocking the slab: Misco, Insight, Kelway, …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2013
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SCH Group prepares for life after distribution

Channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) has released a financial statement for fiscal 2012 showing double-digit gains in turnover and operating profits for the year ended 30 March. This is the last set of full year results the group, which houses reseller-cum-integrator SCC and wholesaling biz Specialist Distribution …
Paul Kunert, 03 Oct 2012
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Europe wallops Tech Data

Tech Data revealed the depth of its problems in Europe today when it unveiled a $155.5m loss for the second quarter. The distributor warned earlier this month sales would come in at $4.94bn for the quarter ending 31 July, compared to the $4.95bn to $5.1bn it had predicted. Last year it reported sales of $4.8bn. It also said …
Joe Fay, 24 Aug 2006
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Tech Data sales up, profits down

Technology distie Tech Data made sales of $5.4bn for the third quarter ended 31 October, an increase of seven per cent on the third quarter of fiscal 2006. But net income was down to $9.6m compared to $23m in the same period last year. This includes $6.1m charges for restructuring European business and $2.8m paid to consultants …
John Oates, 22 Nov 2006
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Tech Data profits evaporate

Computer 2000's parent, Tech Data saw its shares rise slightly yesterday, despite the company posting a big fall in first quarter profits. The distie watched turnover fall by 2.4 per cent to $4.9bn for the first quarter of 2007, ended 31 April 2006. Profits also fell sharply - from $33.5m in the first quarter of 2005 to $12.9m …
John Oates, 24 May 2006
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Egenera CEO makes dash for Tech Data

Egenera - the blade server company created by Wall Street for Wall Street - has tapped a new CEO after chief Bob Dutkowsky ran off to run Tech Data. Current Egenera COO Mike Thompson will take on the roles of CEO and president, the company said. Meanwhile, Dutkowsky, a former IBM, EMC and JD Edwards exec, will head up computer …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Sep 2006
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SCC bulging with cash, plans acquisition spree

SCC chief exec James Rigby has talked up a "programme of investment" for his company as it waves goodbye to its wholesale arm, Specialist Distribution Group, that was sold to Tech Data for £220m. The deal, announced in the summer, received the all clear from the European Commission's competition watchdog after it decided there …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2012
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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

Microsoft will today kick-start commercial channel sales of the little loved Surface RT and Pro, as our sources predicted, but the move is being pushed through ten months later than it should have been. Redmond has already paid the price for its stubbornness: selling the device direct and latterly through a handful of retailers …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2013
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Tech disties get clean bill of health from ratings agency

Ratings agency Fitch has given the IT distribution market a "stable outlook", predicting modest sales growth this year as corporate IT demand ticks up. The ratings agency profiled five of the major global disties for its Distribute IT: Information Technology Distributors Industry Review and Outlook report. Overall it declared …
Joe Fay, 26 Apr 2010

Ingram Micro wields axe in management rejig

Ingram Micro has parted with Jon Bunyard, the director of its Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) in a management rejig. Channel veteran Bunyard ran Computacenter's distribution (CCD) wing and transferred with the business when it was acquired by Ingram in 2009, and later rebranded as Ingram Micro Value. The unit underwent …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2013

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Credit insurance: The hidden data-driven force which killed Comet

A quick look at what happened to high street electronics retailer Comet when its credit insurers slammed their wallets shut should be enough to get any IT business interested in cash-flow, insurance and credit lines. But while credit and cash-flow are often seen as stale subjects, they can be the lifeblood of business - almost …
Eddie Pacey, 16 Nov 2012
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Europe hurts Tech Data

Tech Data’s second quarter earnings could be almost 50 per cent lower than expected because of continued problems at its EMEA operation, the distribution giant confirmed yesterday. Preliminary results released Tuesday show net sales for the quarter ending 31 July will come in between $4.8bn and $4.82bn, while net earnings will …
Team Register, 03 Aug 2005
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Tech Data profits melt in Q2

Tech Data has given up hope of turning a profit in the second quarter after its figures were scuppered by a poor performance in EMEA. The distributor’s preliminary results for the quarter ending July 31 show net sales of $4.94bn, compared to the $4.95bn to $5.1bn it had predicted. Last year it reported sales of $4.8bn. Net …
Joe Fay, 03 Aug 2006

Microsoft 'in talks' to recruit UK partners for Surface Pro biz sales

Secret squirrel conversations are taking place between Microsoft and five B2B resellers over flogging Surface Pro to corporate customers, The Channel can reveal. Up to now Microsoft has sold Surface Pro only via its webshop direct and through a few select UK retailers including PC World and John Lewis. The device launched in …
Paul Kunert, 01 Jul 2013
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Azlan enters EMC channel in stealth mode

Azlan wants to slip quietly into EMC's partner base without making any waves for existing distributors, well almost. This may be music to the ears of EMC's distie pals at Arrow and Avnet who were privately concerned a price led strategy from Azlan would trash their margins, something they've complained about in past situations …
Paul Kunert, 14 May 2013
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Microsoft sold out of Surface tablets in the UK... YEP, all 2,000 units

Microsoft may have sold out of Surface devices, but if the experiences of the UK channel are a measure for the rest of Europe, that's not saying a lot. Sources tell us that fewer than 2,000 units landed at the shores of Blighty since Redmond cleared the way for a select band of nine resellers to start peddling its wares from 15 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Oct 2013
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Arrow's Computerlinks gobble - a vendor's perspective

One of the channel's worst kept secrets was finally outed last month as US behemoth Arrow Electronics agreed to snap up Munich-headquartered VAD Computerlinks for a cool €230m. In many ways it was a canny bit of business for Arrow and should give it access to some high-end customers, but the deal raises more questions than it …
Tim Ayling, 27 Sep 2013
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Tech Data Q4 profits jump on tax settlement

Tech Data had a good fourth quarter, generating revenues of $5.6bn , up 14.2 per cent on the same quarter last year. Net income improved too, up from $38.9m in Q404 (which ended January, 2004) to $59.3m this time around. However, the distie giant was helped along by returning into the profit line $11.5m in previously accrued …
Drew Cullen, 11 Mar 2005
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EC happy for Avnet to gobble down Magirus

The European Commission has given the green light to Avnet's proposed acquisition of Germany-based pan-European distributor Magirus. The bid, for an undisclosed sum, was tabled in July but the regulators wanted to cast an eye over the deal to ascertain whether it would strangle competition. The EC said it had examined data …
Paul Kunert, 24 Sep 2012
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Tech Data wins IBM euro-storage gig

IBM has awarded disk drive storage franchise rights to Tech Data through out EMEA. New territories include the UK, the Czech Republic, Israel and the UAE. Tech Data Europe will drive the Deskstar and Travelstar HDD business through its Swiss-based European PC components division. This will meet the needs of pan-European systems …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2001

Arrow tightens belt yet another notch, vows to shed $75m in costs in 2013

The powers that be at Arrow have found another $35m worth of savings to lop off this year as it tries to match costs with the market realities. One of the big four global wholesalers - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Avnet Inc constitute the others - Arrow reported a one per cent decline in calendar Q1 sales to $4.85bn. Flat is the …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2013

Microsoft preps UK Surface Pro 'pilot', tiptoes around Win 8 OEM rivals

Microsoft is still minding its Ps and Qs with OEMs competitors pals as it prepares to run a pilot for Surface Pro distribution in the UK. As revealed by us last week, Microsoft is talking to five resellers in Blighty - Insight, Kelway, Misco, SCC and Computacenter - about taking the slab to business customers. It also planning …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2013

2012 in the channel: The year we sold EVERYTHING as a service

Few people would argue that this year has been one of very big highs and lows. From a personal perspective, 2012 will be remembered for the Olympics and Ryder Cup (great), weather (expletive deleted!) and the continued challenges of the economy, especially in the Eurozone. It’s been pretty interesting in the IT space too. We've …
Mike Rodwell, 17 Dec 2012
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Tech Data snaps up Globelle

Tech Data has completed its buy-out of Globelle Corporation, doubling its presence in Canada. The deal was completed through a merger of Globelle, Tech Data Canada and GLP Acquisition Corporation – an organisation created for the acquisition. The company will operate as Tech Data Canada. The distributor, which bought Computer …
Linda Harrison, 04 Aug 1999
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Magirus claims 'head start' from EMC on VSPEX private cloud

EMC is promoting Magirus as the go-to distributor for VSPEX after it certified 14 configurations that can be assembled at its Euro facility. The converged infrastructure – a pure channel play aimed at mid-market users – is "more flexible" than VCE's Vblock or Net App's Flex Pod, said Philippe Fossé, EMC veep for EMEA channels. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2012
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Tech Data buys Azlan

Tech Data is to buy Azlan, Europe's biggest networking equipment distie, for $335m (approx. £142.4m) cash. This represents a premium of nearly 40 per cent more than the closing price of Azlan shares yesterday. This morning, Azlan shares are skyrocketing, jumping 35p to, yest 125p per share - exactly the same price as Tech Data …
Drew Cullen, 07 Feb 2003
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Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources

Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel. People familiar with the negotiations say a deal is edging closer which would bulk out Ingram's mid-market infrastructure operation. SDG is an EMEA-wide …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012
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Tech Data pleased with very small sales fall

Tech Data sales eased slightly in Q1 to $4.7bn (Q1, 2000 $4.7bn. Net income was also down - to $31.8m (Q1. 2000: $37.2m). But the distie, the world's second biggest behind Ingram Micro, says it is pleased with the results - given "the current economic conditions". Q1 sales were down 7 per cent in the US, and up 3 per cent in …
Team Register, 01 Jun 2001