Creative Pacific - www.cppl.com.au
Creative Pacific is one distributor which has got its Internet act together. With a bright and comprehensive format, Creative Pacific's site delivers not only detailed product information, but drivers and updates, job vacancies at the company, and a search function.
Creative Pacific also offers a free service to its resellers - a Creative Pacific reseller location guide which lists resellers' contact details, product range and specialty. To be listed on the reseller location guide, go to www.cppl.au/dealer/dealerfo.html and fill in the dealer referral form. And to keep you up to date Creative Pacific will e-mail you notification of any changes to the site - if you request it.
MicroSL - www.microsl.com.au
Perth-based distributor MicroSL has a great site covering products and reseller services available from MicroSL (like their demo hardware lending facility, available for use in tenders) and information about vendor programs available to its resellers.
"Let's do business" and "Promotions" are the reseller-only sections of the site, and currently contain Microsoft stock availability and pricing to registered dealers (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a PIN).
MicroSL offers a "Postcard" service - a daily overnight e-mail of two reports, one detailing your business transactions and shipments for the day, the other a notification of current back-orders and the arrival times for outstanding orders.
Q*Soft - www.qsoft.com.au
In Q*Soft's initial Web offering, it dedicates the entire site to its dealers - a PIN is required to gain access to a price guide, news, specials, and a search engine for the site. Q*Soft has plans to provide links to its resellers' sites and offer Web-based product ordering and a facility to check current orders and back-orders status. To register for a PIN, visit www.qsoft.com.au/register.htm (incidentally, you must be a Q*Soft dealer).
Digiland - www.digiland.com.au
A resource guide for Digiland resellers, this site holds product news, links to vendors and technical support contact details.
Currently, there are only prices up for the Hewlett-Packard products. No username or PIN is required to access the site.
Dicker Data - www.dickerdata.com.au
It's early, yet promising, days for Dicker Data's site, which is driven by Cataloguer 3.0, a pricing management and publishing tool. There is a comprehensive database of product pricing, Epson consumables pricing and warranty information (which can all be searched). There is also a "Dealers Only" section which contains dealer prices. To obtain a PIN, contact Fiona Dicker on (02) 9525 2122 or e-mail email@example.com.
Lan 1 - www.lan1.com.au
Lan 1 sets its information out in a concise and well-constructed site featuring the "Lan 1 Product Selector". The Product Selector is a searchable catalogue of product and pricing, which can be accessed without logging in, for retail pricing (ex-tax), and with a PIN, dealer prices can be viewed. The site also has clever links within a frame to Lan 1's vendors' sites.
To obtain dealer access contact Glenn Jones at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conexus - www.conexus.com.au
Conexus is a distributor of communication and productivity solutions. The Conexus site features a broad set of information about its product lines including the HDS @workStation Network Computer on which there are fact sheets and technical tips (you can even arrange by e-mail to evaluate a HDS @workStation NC). Downloadable software demos such as CE Software's QuicK Mail Express, press releases, and vendor links are also featured at Conexus' site.
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