SANTA ANA, Calif., Sept. 30, 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 it has acquired Norcross, Ga.-based CloudBlue Technologies, Inc. (CloudBlue), a leading provider of enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services to large enterprise customers, retail customers and OEMs. Founded in 2008, CloudBlue provides secure and sustainable reverse logistics solutions for more than 1,000 customers.
CloudBlue will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Ken Beyer, former CEO and co-founder of CloudBlue, will continue to lead the company as vice president of Ingram Micro and president of CloudBlue, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, global logistics. Further details of the transaction, which closed today, were not disclosed.
"Today, data security and environmental responsibility are at the forefront of corporate priorities," said Alain Monié, Ingram Micro president and CEO. "The addition of CloudBlue to Ingram Micro allows us to meaningfully expand our supply chain solutions portfolio with a full suite of in-demand services that reduce the risk, cost and complexity associated with securely managing IT assets and consumer electronics throughout their lifecycle in compliance with environmental and data security regulations.
"CloudBlue services a rapidly growing, higher-value market, which we expect will help accelerate the expansion of our supply chain solutions businesses across the globe," Monié continued. "In addition to cross-sell opportunities into Ingram Micro's OEM partners and existing base of more than 200,000 customers, we expect to benefit from new revenue opportunities within CloudBlue's existing blue chip customer base, given our global reach. This is an excellent complement to our supply chain services business and we welcome CloudBlue's associates, partners and customers to the Ingram Micro family."
"We are excited to join Ingram Micro and believe this combination will benefit CloudBlue employees, customers and partners alike," said Beyer. "Ingram Micro recognizes the importance of cultivating a welcoming and dynamic workplace and their culture and vision for the tremendous opportunity to provide a full suite of supply chain services worldwide is well aligned with CloudBlue's. We believe we can leverage Ingram Micro's global footprint and strong reputation to significantly accelerate our growth, and we look forward to contributing to their strategic goal of expanding the company's portfolio of higher-margin, value-added business services."
CloudBlue former chairman and co-founder Randy Altschuler added, "Ingram Micro's dedication to the principles on which CloudBlue was founded and the importance of its mission make it the ideal company to continue to provide CloudBlue's current and future customers with extraordinary services and commitment."
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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.
About CloudBlue CloudBlue is a leading provider of enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services to large enterprise customers, retail customers and OEMs. Their services reduce the risk, cost and complexity associated with securely managing IT assets and consumer electronics throughout their lifecycle in compliance with environmental and data security regulations. CloudBlue's operations are process-oriented, driven by continuous improvement through LEAN, 5S, Six Sigma and Kaizen-based management and process principles. With more than 40 global locations, CloudBlue manages the entire asset chain-of-custody seamlessly to provide secure and sustainable reverse logistics solutions for more than 1,000 customer organizations.
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