February 2012

Ingram Micro Teams with U.S. Micro

Ingram Micro Teams with U.S. Micro to Offer New IT Asset Disposition Services to Channel Partners

By U.S. Micro Corp and Ingram Micro

Addressing one of the biggest security concerns within the IT industry and healthcare market, Ingram Micro Inc. has released their new IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Services which are readily available for resell by channel partners throughout the U.S.

Developed in collaboration with U.S. Micro, Ingram Micro’s new ITAD Services enable solution providers to offer U.S. businesses and consumers the secure removal of data from all types of IT storage devices including hard disk drives, SD memory cards, printers, copiers or any other electronic device that carries a digital history.

By leveraging the new ITAD Services, Ingram Micro solution providers can provide customers with environmentally friendly IT disposal services that are proven to remove the risk of future liability for the improper disposal of electronic waste and potentially hazardous materials. Additionally, Ingram Micro’s ITAD Services are approved for use by regulatory influences such as HIPAA that require healthcare facilities to determine and document the appropriate methods used to dispose of hardware, software and data.

“The security risk, regulatory requirements and environmental concerns around how to get rid of old or unwanted technology are weighing heavily on businesses and consumers, and with good reason,” says Ted Tilden, senior director of sales, U.S. Micro. “Recent reports indicate that Americans trash more than two million tons of personal and professional electronics each year – six times more than what is recycled. It’s a frightening reality that cannot be sustained and calls for immediate and meaningful actions.”

“The fallout from data breaches, identity theft and the improper disposal of IT equipment and data is not only costly, but in many cases can be disastrous and undetermined,” says Michael Humke, senior director, public sector and healthcare markets, Ingram Micro U.S. “As trusted advisors to both businesses and consumers, our partners in the Public Sector and Healthcare markets are perfectly positioned to offer IT asset disposition services as part of their IT services portfolio. Together, Ingram Micro and U.S. Micro stand ready to enable our channel partners to turn this opportunity into a recurring revenue stream that will bring added value to their business, as well as the clients they serve.”

Available now as part of the Ingram Micro Services Division’s Professional Services portfolio, the new ITAD Services offer both on-site and facility-driven removal of information from devices, including the secure transport of devices to the processing facility. Upon completion of services rendered, solution providers and their clients will receive the necessary documentation and certifications noting the release of liability from any unauthorized or accidental release of electronic information.

According to Jim Kegley, founder and CEO ofU.S.Micro, “Until recently, companies spent millions establishing security when acquiring equipment but many were uninformed about the inherent risks when disposing of assets.  This is no longer the case, and this new relationship with Ingram Micro validates that on a broad scale.”

“With the IT refresh cycle underway and adoption of cloud set to explode in 2012, the timing and business value around Ingram Micro’s new ITAD services couldn’t get any better,” says Renee Bergeron, vice president of managed services and cloud computing, Ingram Micro North America.

“As a company, Ingram Micro takes great pride in supporting environmentally-sustainable initiatives and services through our Smart Citizen, Smart Steward program,” concludes Bergeron. “When we can extend these efforts into the greater IT community and make it easier, and in this case profitable, for our solution provider partners to actively engage in earth-friendly activities and offer those services to their customers, the rewards are even greater.”

“Through this partnership, with the world’s largest technology distributor (Ingram Micro), we (U.S. Micro Corp) will significantly expand our customer base and reach,” concludes Kegley. 

About U.S. Micro Corp
Since 1995, U.S. Micro has been a major innovator and leader in IT recycling. Founded in Atlanta, Ga., U.S. Micro processes over one million IT assets annually in its 125,000 sq. ft. Atlanta facility. U.S. Micro has also just recently opened its new state-of-the-art, 130,000 sq. ft. facility in Las Vegas, Nev., serving Fortune 500 companies that require the highest levels of data security and environmental stewardship. To further its sustainability initiatives the company refurbishes 90 percent of the IT equipment it processes; the remaining 10 percent is EPA compliantly recycled. U.S. Micro is committed to a 100 percent no landfill policy and was awarded G.R.A.D.E. certification (Green Recycling Asset Disposal for the Enterprise) by IDC. For more information visit www.usmicrocorp.com.

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. For more information about Ingram Micro’s new ITAD Services solution providers can contact the Ingram Micro Professional Services team at IMSNServices@IngramMicro.com.