Ingram Micro has begun offering discontinued and refurbished product SKUs to US resellers. But while supporting the move, a local executive said it would not launch a similar program in Australia in the short term.
The end-of-life and refurbished range -- including recently discontinued notebooks, computer accessories and peripherals -- is now being sold via the distributor's US Ingram Micro Outlet. CE and value-priced IT products are also available. The company is supporting the extended product choice with remarketing and liquidation sales programs.
In a statement, Ingram said manufacturer and solution provider partners needed a way to realise revenue on a variety of maturing products. Having a longer product lifespan would also allow solution providers to complete project rollouts without mixing models, as well as give them more time to complete a product migration schedule, it said.
Vice-president of North America retail and Internet sales, Tim Billing, said the Outlet was the most effective means of liquidating out-of-date inventory while maximising the return and use of end-of-line, discontinued and refurbished technologies "without compromising channels or partnerships".
Ingram's local managing director, Guy Freeland, said he had spoken with a couple of recycling companies in the past and was confident the distributor could start a similar products initiative in Australia. However, there were no immediate plans, he said.
"We will get to it at some point in time, but not in the next few quarters," he said. "We have our hands full with the set of initiatives we have launched here recently [the solutions and point-of-sale divisions]. The US is ahead of us here generally speaking when it comes to refurbishment and recycling."
Ingram launched the Outlet program in Canada in 2004 to meet demand for end-of-life, refurbished and ex-lease gear. Vendors can remarket products to the channel as an outright purchase, via liquidation bids, or as part of a consignment program. Product pricing has not been announced.