Ingram Micro has secured an agreement to distribute Apple products locally, alongside incumbent Renaissance. Under the deal, Ingram will distribute Mac desktops, laptops and accessories. The distributor has established a new Apple Business Unit, which will be led by solutions group senior business manager Kelly Eyerman who has 15 years’ experience working with Apple products. She has previously been the business unit director for Ingram Micro’s Mac Division in the US, where she was responsible for purchasing, marketing and sales and led the worldwide Mac division. Eyerman has also been part of Ingram Micro’s US logistics division, where she was the senior account director for Apple products. In this role, she oversaw supply chain management for Apple and third party product fulfilment to the channel and retailers. Ingram Micro distributes Apple products in many other markets globally, including most of western Europe, India, and North America. “We’re looking forward to working closely alongside Apple and Apple authorised resellers here in New Zealand," says local managing director Gary Bigwood. Eyerman will be joined in the new unit by existing Ingram staff, and it is seeking a buyer, a product manager and a market development manager. The company hopes the range of Apple products it distributes will be extended, possibly beginning with iPods and Apple TV at the start of next year. Eyerman was not sure if or when it could distribute the iPad. Renaissance, meanwhile, said in late September it did not expect a significant impact on its business after being told by Apple that a second local distributor would be added. “We have a strong and productive relationship with Apple and our performance in the market has resulted in quarter on quarter market share improvements over the past year,” Renaissance CEO Richard Webb said in a statement to the Stock Exchange.
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