ITG/ERA consummate Ingram marriage

ITG/ERA consummate Ingram marriage

Three months after the Ingram Micro/Electronic Resources Australia (ERA) conglomerate launched its buyout of Melbourne-based distributor ITG Computers, the two organisations officially sealed the purchase last week.

Speaking to ARN, ITG's general manager Braham Shnider said that while it will be a case of business as usual for the next two months, both distributors are well and truly entrenched in their respective restructuring strategies.

Both Shnider and Michael Shea, ERA's managing director, referred to dual relocation plans that will see Ingram/ERA and ITG share the same head office and warehouse premises in Sydney.

When the integration project is completed in June the merged entity will begin trading as the Australian office of Ingram Micro.

"Once the relocations have been finalised we will move quickly to implement a number of channel programs from the 'cookbook' of value-added services offered by Ingram's other subsidiaries," Shnider claimed.

The merged entity also expects to announce the signing of a number of new vendor partnerships over the next few months. Meanwhile, both Shnider and Shea predicted that "few if any" job losses will result from the merger.

"We are now moving towards a more customer-focused organisation," Shea said. "The immediate benefits for resellers will include: multi warehouses in each state, software configuration tools, the development of a configuration centre for resellers, and access to the direct shipment capabilities of Ingram's Impulse online distribution system."

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