CNET Channel Aligns with Ingram Micro, Tech Data and SYNNEX to Deliver Turn-key Solutions that Automate the Complete Sales Cycle for Canadian VARs
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. March 6, 2007 — CNET Channel (www.cnetchannel.com), a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET), announced general availability of the company's popular ChannelOnline solution for the Canadian market. Now within a single web-based system, small to mid-sized Canadian VARs, system integrators and corporate resellers can utilize ChannelOnline for real-time information and tools to integrate and streamline every step of the sales cycle - from sourcing, quoting and order management through procurement and e-commerce.
"TLD Computers thrives on delivering exceptional customer service, so when I learned ChannelOnline was expanding to support Canada, I began to investigate how it could help us raise the bar," said John Maytus, Director of Service at TLD Computers, Inc. (a division of London Drugs Limited.) "We were one of the very first Canadian resellers to sign-on and have been using ChannelOnline's company purchase approval system to route our clientele's orders through a customized approval hierarchy. Now doing business with TLD will be easier than ever."
Each day, more than 3,000 U.S. VAR professionals rely on ChannelOnline to automate their sales and buying functions. To expand its offering into Canada and deliver outstanding local support, CNET Channel has aligned with the industry's leading distributors - Ingram Micro, Tech Data and SYNNEX. Now Canadian VARs can immediately provide accurate product details, real-time pricing and local warehouse availability information on over 250,000 products. Additionally, sales and buying agents can submit electronic orders and get automatic ship/track back into POs and linked Sales Orders so their customers can self serve at their convenience. ChannelOnline even calculates the appropriate Canadian VAT, and estimates shipping charges based on local carrier rates.
"We are very excited to expand ChannelOnline and deliver a Canadian version of the same turn-key solutions that over 3,000 U.S. VAR professionals use each day to run their business," added Steve Parrott, General Manager of CNET Channel. "SMBs in Canada, including more than 9,000 channel resellers, are major drivers of the nation's economy. ChannelOnline can play a significant role in their productivity and growth."
For more information about ChannelOnline, please visit its dedicated Web site: www.channelonline.com, or call 1-877-276-5560.
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About TLD Computers, Inc. As a subsidiary company of London Drugs (www.londondrugs.com), TLD Computers has been a major player in the IT industry since its inception in 1983. Our wealth of Private and Public sector IT experience, customer driven culture, and strong technical, sales, and System Engineer teams offer your business a full-service IT Solutions Provider. TLD was initially established to provide the business, government and educational communities with a cost-effective source of quality computer products supported by professional sales and technical services. Since then, TLD has been serving all types of businesses and organizations across Western Canada, becoming one of the most dependable and customer driven IT companies in the Industry today. For more information about TLD Computers, call 1-888-933-9777 or visit www.tld.com.
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