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gen-i streamlines supply chain

AUCKLAND, Wednesday October 31, 2001– Internet integrator, gen-i limited announced today that the company’s move to a streamlined IT supply chain model has proved extremely successful over the past four months.

In June 2001, gen-i partnered with New Zealand’s premier distributor, Tech Pacific (NZ) Ltd to enhance its IT infrastructure supply chain for clients. The agreement saw gen-i move to a new distribution warehousing and commissioning facility.

“This is a very important partnership for us and our clients. It gives us the capability to offer, what we believe, is the best IT supply chain solution in the industry,” says gen-i services management general manager, Leigh Jackson.

“It has allowed us to not only streamline our distribution, but also reduce processing costs in the supply chain and offer an increased level of service to clients. Consequently, this provides added capabilities for the procurement division of our company.

“Overall, a point-to-point warehousing strategy provides the ultimate in flexibility and cost savings for gen-i.”

gen-i currently stores all computer hardware and software destined for clients at the Tech Pacific warehouse in Albany, North of Auckland. It has also jointly built a commissioning facility within the warehouse to configure or customise Desktops, Servers or Communications equipment prior to delivery.

“For instance, we can configure customised IT solutions at a moments notice for site deployment. This reduces lead times to an absolute minimum, adds a unique degree of flexibility regarding client requests and saves both shipping times and procurement costs which is passed onto our clients.”

Previously, gen-i received an order for a customised configuration, ordered equipment from a vendor’s warehouse, shipped this equipment to their Auckland commissioning facility, configured or customised it and then despatched it to the customer.

As many leading IT vendors like Hewlett Packard also share warehousing facilities at Tech Pacific, gen-i now has the ability to take components from one part of the warehouse, commission or customise the solution, and despatch it directly to the client.

“We literally move equipment from one part of the warehouse to another, tailor it to the customer’s requirements and send it out,” adds Mr Jackson. “In practice this has improved service levels by reducing lead times and freight costs and also simplified the consolidation process and supply chain. Most complex orders are now despatched one to two days earlier than was previously experienced.”

Tech Pacific (NZ) Ltd, Channel Manager, Lloyd Jenkins says, “we have worked closely with gen-i over the past six months to develop an efficient supply chain, with a common warehouse, commissioning and distribution facility serving Tech Pacific, gen-i, our vendors and customers.”

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About gen-i
gen-i limited is the first and largest New Zealand-based Australasian Internet integrator, focused on designing, building, implementing and supporting e-business solutions and systems for large corporate customers. With over 500 people, gen-i extends customer support worldwide – both online and through a network of service partners.

gen-i is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cullen Investments Limited.

For more information please visit www.gen-i.co.nz

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