Converging Ideologies

How existing specialist technologies are converging and new technologies are coming to the fore right now – and how Ingram Micro is changing to support that convergence It is of no surprise to any of us that the world we live in is changing at an ever increasing rate. It has been this way since Charles Babbage first formulated the idea of a programmable computing device back in the 19th century. Since then, we’ve seen an accelerating progression from the first valve-based counting machines, t...
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Releasing the Inner (Barcode) Geek

People sometimes wonder why I enjoy working within DC/POS - the answer "it's everywhere, hidden in plain sight". I joined the world of DC/POS to cover the division’s marketing two years ago, having worked on the wider technology vendors we hold at Ingram Micro. I wasn’t that aware of the area or what it really covered.  My first challenge was to meet Rob and understand what the division actually did. At that time the team was based in Maidenhead in an almost self-contained unit – I was a stra...
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Trexit: Ever Closer Integration

It’s now been a couple of weeks since Teresa May delivered her letter to the EU formally notifying them of our desire to leave.  As we head towards what is likely to be the most significant political change in my lifetime (for good or for bad, depending on your opinion – I’m not going to comment) we also head towards what is certainly the finalisation of the most significant integration and consolidation in the Auto-ID industry since I started working in it some 13 years ago.  With “Brexit” we s...
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The Power of Loyalty

Very much a two-way street Now, unless you have had your head buried in the sand for the last few years it’s impossible not to notice the rise of loyalty programmes on our high streets and in our business life. Since Tesco launched its “Clubcard” all those years ago and set the standard, every business has either launched or looked to launch its own version in an effort to match its success. The rise and adoption of smartphones and 2D imaging barcode scanners has helped drive that growth (on ...
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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

A quick journey up the M4, round the M25 and up the M1... Around 6 months ago, we embarked on an adventure. After spending some 8 and half years following the acquisition of Paradigm Distribution based in the Maidenhead area, it was time for us to leave that world behind and join the rest of our Ingram Micro TS colleagues in Milton Keynes. As Jon Swain (my Sales Manager) and I sat down in my local pub one day and began to look at the challenges this move would create, it would be fair to say ...
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