SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM), the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire Shipwire, Inc., a leading provider of global fulfillment services for emerging multi-channel brands. The award-winning Shipwire platform provides on-demand e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management from a network of global pick-pack and ship warehouses to more than 1,000 emerging brands and web retailers. Integrated into the top e-commerce platforms and based in Silicon Valley, Shipwire has pioneered cloud logistics with on-demand fulfillment center and shipping tools, Web services, and innovative developer tools, that can all be used together to solve complex global logistics problems.
"Ingram Micro is already well established as an expert in supply-chain services. The addition of Shipwire will enable us to accelerate our growth in a $40 billion market for e-commerce fulfillment services that is estimated to be growing by double-digits through 2015(1)," said Alain Monie, Ingram Micro CEO. "Additionally, we will utilize Shipwire's platform capabilities to better serve our medium and large brand customers by significantly reducing onboarding time and complexity, giving our customers the flexibility to quickly operationalize their e-commerce opportunities. This acquisition supports our strategy to diversify our revenue streams into faster growing, higher-margin businesses and takes us one step closer to our vision of becoming a global leader in supply-chain services."
Shipwire serves brands from more than 50 countries, selling to buyers across the world from facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Shipwire will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, will continue to lead the company as president of Shipwire, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, Global Logistics. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.
"We are excited to join forces with Ingram Micro to accelerate the Shipwire platform much more quickly than we could have as a stand-alone company," said Schechter. "Our customers and partners will see immediate benefits from our joining a global supply chain leader. Shipwire will now have the growth capital to expand our platform into software solutions for enterprise brands and marketplace retailers. Ingram Micro has the global footprint and supply-chain expertise that helps us fulfill our customer promise of 'Enterprise Logistics For Everyone™'".
(1) Transport Intelligence (Ti), North American e-commerce Logistics 2012
Shipwire provides cloud-based logistics services, shipping software and outsourced pick-pack and ship fulfillment services from warehouses around the world. Online sellers send their inventory to one of Shipwire's fulfillment centers in the U.S., Canada, Europe or Asia, and instantly connect Shipwire to their online store or marketplace. Customers buy from the merchant online. Shipwire uses "least-cost routing" to optimally pick, pack and ship the order to the buyer faster, and for less. For a free trial contact 1-888-Shipwire or sign-up at Shipwire.com/trial.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
Ingram Micro is the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in IT supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services. 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 us at IngramMicro.com.
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Additional risk factors include: our ability to timely complete the transaction, if at all; our ability to complete the transaction considering the various closing conditions, including those conditions related to regulatory approvals; the financial performance of Shipwire and Ingram Micro through the completion of the merger; Shipwire's business may not perform as expected due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors; the ability of Shipwire and Ingram Micro to retain relationships with customers; management's ability to execute its plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; growth of the e-commerce fulfillment and supply-chain services industries; and our ability to achieve the expected benefits of the transaction.
Ingram Micro has instituted in the past and continues to institute changes to its strategies, operations and processes to address these risk factors and seek to mitigate their impact on Ingram Micro's results of operations and financial condition. However, no assurances can be given that Ingram Micro will be successful in these efforts. For a further discussion of significant factors to consider in connection with forward-looking statements concerning Ingram Micro, reference is made to Item 1A Risk Factors of Ingram Micro's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 29, 2012; other risks or uncertainties may be detailed from time to time in Ingram Micro's future SEC filings.
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