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Ingram Micro

October 04, 2011 08:00 ET

Ingram Micro and EPEAT Partner to Offer Green IT Solutions

U.S. Resellers Gain Access to EPEAT Channel Partner Memberships Through Exclusive Agreement

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 4, 2011) - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest technology distributor and supply-chain services provider, today announced another advancement in its social responsibility effort through an expanded relationship with EPEAT®, the definitive global registry for greener electronics.

Through an exclusive agreement effective in the fourth quarter of this year, Ingram Micro's resellers in the U.S. will be able to purchase an annual EPEAT Channel Partner Membership that provides access to a robust set of green IT resources. The membership includes public relations, sales and marketing, and training tools, as well as ratings information on thousands of environmentally friendly products.

"Ingram Micro is strategically positioned to help customers build their green IT expertise and choose products and solutions that carry a reduced impact to the environment," said Paul Bay, executive vice president, Ingram Micro North America. "Through this partnership with EPEAT, Ingram Micro resellers gain an advantage in addressing the growing segment of end-users looking for more environmentally friendly solutions."

EPEAT is the definitive environmental rating system for electronics, with more than 3,200 products currently registered by 48 participating manufacturers, from global giants to small integrators, representing 41 countries. Products are rated Bronze, Silver or Gold based on the IEEE 1680 family of public standards that assesses 51 environmental criteria, including the elimination of toxic materials, design for recycling, extended product longevity, increased energy efficiency, and availability of take-back and recycling services. EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon.

Ingram Micro advanced its participation in green IT solutions with the launch of its Smart Citizen global corporate social responsibility program in April 2010. The company monitors and tracks its impact on the environment in a variety of areas throughout the world, disclosing the results in a corporate social responsibility report available to the public. Early this year, the North American region launched its Smart Steward recycling program for the safe return of toner and ink jet cartridges and cell phones. With the launch of this new channel program, U.S. resellers also gain access to Ingram Micro's updated Green Scene web portal, an online resource that provides green IT resources and manufacturer information. The company works closely with its business partners to contribute to a socially responsible supply chain throughout the world.

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About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics, technical and financial support, managed and cloud-based services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving more than 150 countries on six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.

About EPEAT
EPEAT® is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers across the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. The sale of 80 million EPEAT registered products in 2009 resulted in greenhouse gas reductions equal to removing 1.37 million US cars from the road for a year, solid waste reductions equivalent to 15,000 US households' annual waste, and elimination of enough mercury to fill 372,000 fever thermometers. More than 93 million EPEAT registered products were sold in covered countries in 2010. More information at: www.epeat.net.

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