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"Technical Marketplace" Site Planned

Professional services firm KPMG LLP is teaming up with Ingram Micro , a wholesale distributor of technology products and services, to develop a virtual marketplace offering tech solution purchasing, fulfillment and distribution through a single site.

The new site "forms a critical link in the technology supply chain by providing suppliers, distributors and resellers with a high-value hub that facilitates the exchange of product, program and market information," the companies said.

The Web portal is designed to be a single point-of-contact that will integrate all customer, distribution and supply channels streamlining access to information.

"With this transformation, Ingram Micro is driving a fundamental change through the wholesale distribution industry," said Guy Abramo, senior vice president of worldwide marketing and co-chair of the eSolutions Group at Ingram Micro. "Customer focus at every step in the supply chain is the key to success in today's fast-paced digital economy, and this initiative solidifies Ingram Micro's position as the market leader."

The project is divided into two phases. First, KPMG will help Ingram Micro create a next-generation e-commerce infrastructure. The second phase will focus on the development of marketing systems that facilitate one-to-one relationships between resellers, distributors and suppliers and their customers.

Ingram Micro Inc. headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, is a wholesale distributor of technology products and services with 1998 sales of $22 billion.

KPMG LLP is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. In the U.S., KPMG partners and professionals provide accounting, tax and consulting services.