Ingram Micro has made a number of staff redundant as a result of restructuring its retail division.
Ingram marketing director, Grant Cleary, confirmed the distributor had made staff redundant, but could not provide further details on how many had been let off.
“We have been reviewing this and refining the retail structure, and we’re working through the realignment to provide a better service to retailers,” Cleary said.
Ingram’s retail restructure will see it split the division into two sales teams. It had compiled a detailed review on the needs of its retail partners and purchasing requirements.
At the time Ingram volume and consumer business general manager, Hanspeter Eiselt, said the changes to the retail division were to ensure it could best serve the needs of its retail customers and provide the ability to expand into new areas such as mobile, gaming and consumer electronics.
Other changes include integrating vendor management into the retail business group.
Eiselt said this would help provide greater continuity and knowledge to support sales teams, and allow vendors to have a more integrated go-to-market retail service.
“I’m confident this new structure will ensure we can provide the best possible support to our partners and empower them to take advantage of new opportunities in the market,” he said.
As part of the restructure process, the company has also appointed Danny Kwoh as its senior business manager in the retail division. In the newly created role, Kwoh will be responsible for delivering faster and efficient services to its retail base. He has been with Ingram for more than 12 years, and was previously the managing the distributor’s components division.
“We believe this new structure will provide a tighter focus and greater efficiency for our partners,” Eiselt said. “It's also a structure that will enable Ingram Micro and our partners to take advantage of new growth areas in retail.”