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DBL To Use Ingram System, Cross-Sell Lines

Scottsdale, Ariz. –
DBL Distributing will be adding Ingram Micro’s automated IMpulse system to
improve efficiency, enabling DBL suppliers to sell Ingram customers and

IMpulse, which is
scheduled to be fully operational by Aug. 3, is designed to improve the
integrity of DBL’s systems, streamline their sales cost structure, and provide
more advanced inventory and customer order management controls, DBL said.

DBL said its customers
will receive better distribution experience through advanced shipping and
quality assurance standards, higher inventory levels, freight savings, quicker
invoice and billing methods, and a more advanced order-management system

And DBL said its
vendors will receive a “better partnership with DBL and Ingram Micro” through
advanced reporting, inventory control measures, enhanced forecasting, automated
warehouse product allocation standards, automated replenishment notifications,
and advanced invoice and purchase order creation and tracking.

With IMpulse, DBL
is positioned to further enhance its ability to sell consumer electronics
through Ingram’s channels and sell Ingram’s product lines to DBL customers.
Upon completion, DBL and Ingram customers will benefit from a larger and more
comprehensive product assortment of both consumer electronics and IT products,
DBL said.

Due to the switch,
there has been a layoff of 40 DBL employees, mostly in the distribution center
and IT, responsibilities that will now move to Ingram. DBL’s corporate
operations at this facility will continue, said Brent McCarty, VP/general
manager of DBL.

In a statement,
DBL said, “While this internal restructuring is difficult, it will allow DBL to
focus on their core competencies of buying, merchandising and selling the
broadest line-card of consumer electronics and IT products in the industry.”

This is the first
major change since May when former Ingram Micro exec Brent
was named VP/general manager of DBL Distributing and Henry
Chiarelli, president, and Bruce Kuperman, senior VP of sales, departed.