SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 12, 2013) - Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) today announced it earned top honors in six distribution categories in the ChannelPro-SMB 2013 Readers' Choice Awards including Best Cloud/MSP Service Offering, Best Financing Options, Best Sales Support, Best Training Programs, Best Hardware/Software Catalog and Best RMA Offerings.
"It's extremely rewarding to be named the top-performing distribution partner in several categories by ChannelPro-SMB readers for the second year in a row," says Kirk Robinson, senior vice president and general manager, Commercial Markets Division and Global Accounts, Ingram Micro North America. "We've made SMB a top priority and these six readers' choice wins speak volumes about the trust that channel partners have in Ingram Micro to help build their businesses, add greater value and achieve true competitive differentiation."
ChannelPro-SMB readers participating in the channel's second annual SMB-focused Readers' Choice Awards cast their votes for the most SMB- and partner-friendly products, technologies, services, programs and professional organizations. More than 1,000 VARs, MSPs, systems integrators, custom builders and IT consultants took part in the multiple-choice survey, which was conducted in the first quarter of 2013. For each category, readers selected the option that best satisfied the unique business requirements, work styles and budgets of their small and midsize business clients, as well as those that best serve their own partner organizations.
Ingram Micro's dedication to the SMB market is grounded in its SMB Alliance community and SMB business unit. Both offer in-depth business education and training for SMB VARs in the U.S., as well as credit, marketing, technical and sales support. Ingram Micro's continued leadership within the SMB channel is reflected in the success of its partners and in particular those noted on the Ingram Micro SMB 500 (http://im-smb.com/smb500), an annual ranking of the distributor's top 500 SMB-focused channel partners in the U.S.
"Our SMBA community and SMB business unit are proven to enable channel partners to build a better business by encouraging best practices, sharing experiences and providing valuable resources that help them expand their services and grow more profitably," says Jamie Ferullo, director of sales, SMB, Ingram Micro U.S.
Another winning differentiator for Ingram Micro in the SMB market is the Ingram Micro Cloud (www.ingrammicrocloud.com), which provides channel partners access to hundreds of business, strategy, marketing, technical and sales resources including the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace, a transactional, online marketplace where solution providers can shop for more than 170 solutions for their end customers; plus, they can procure, provision and obtain invoices for their cloud services directly from Ingram Micro.
"We are honored to receive industry accolades, and those based on the experiences and opinions of our partners carry the greatest significance," continues Ferullo. "Ingram Micro is relentless about enabling our partners with the technology, solutions, support and resources needed to advance their business, simplify sales and add more value to their customers. We take the title of SMB Distributor of Choice seriously and will continue to find ways to help our channel partners win big in SMB."
For more information about the ChannelPro-SMB 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, please visit www.ChannelProSMB.com/Awards/2013.
Ingram Micro solution providers interested in learning more about Ingram Micro's Small Business Group, please contact your Ingram Micro sales representative. Channel partners who want to become an Ingram Micro reseller partner can contact the distributor's New Accounts sales team at (800) 456-8000 x41 or visit www.ingrammicro.com.
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About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro is the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain, mobile device lifecycle services and logistics solutions. 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 and mobile solutions, technical support, financial services and product aggregation and distribution. The company is the only global broad-based IT distributor, serving approximately 160 countries on six continents with the world's most comprehensive portfolio of IT products and services. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.