IBM and Alcatel channel partners are being promised better logistics as TNT Australia opened its new computer delivery services centre in Sydney's west his week.
The new facility in Chullora will become the lynchpin in TNT's rapidly expanding computer logistics business which sees it already servicing AWA and Konami as well as IBM and Alcatel with secure transport and warehousing.
Mal Paterson, regional sales manager for TNT Australia said its logistics expertise has been increasingly in demand from the IT industry and pointed to the new state-of-the-art facility as its route to a bigger slice of the pie.
Paterson said TNT's services are based around "providing the link between vendors and their distributors and resellers" rather than handling individual orders from direct online sites. He said, TNT was also handling the home delivery of affinity program sales until recently, but it lost out in a new tender process. Large-scale logistics is where its expertise lies, he said.
As computer vendors look for ways to take costs out of their businesses, "outsourcing" logistics to companies such as TNT makes increasing sense.
Fred Beljaars, TNT's NSW state director said in a press statement "computer hardware manufacturers are under increased pressure to fulfil the demands of their customers".
"The role of the logistics provider has therefore become fundamental to the efforts of manufacturers to meet their own customers' needs."