Following last week's announcement that Axiz was HP's distributor of the year, the company has signed up the keenly sought after distribution rights for Lenovo in South Africa.
It is a well-known secret that a number of the country's top distributors were vigorously vying to become Lenovo's third distributor for the region alongside Tarsus and Pinnacle Africa.
The distribution agreement is valid from 1 November.
In a statement, the companies say the agreement will help increase Lenovo’s presence in the market by leveraging Axiz’s expertise, as well as its extensive network of resellers.
“Lenovo manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide, so this agreement is consistent with our strategy of working with top global suppliers,” says Craig Brunsden, chief marketing officer at Axiz.
Adds Dave Drummond, Lenovo senior manager: Transactional Business: “Axiz has met all the criteria that we look for in a distributor and we look forward to the long-lasting working relationship with the company.”
According to Grant Rau, category manager at Axiz, the company saw value in adding another notebook brand to its range of products as an answer to the ever-increasing shift in the market from desktops to notebooks. “In the third quarter of this year, notebooks outshipped desktops again. This is now a consistent trend, and with the increasing product exposure to the market, we need to keep updating our product line accordingly,” he says.
The Lenovo products distributed by Axiz will include the Think and Idea ranges. The Think range is Lenovo’s corporate offering and comprises notebooks (Thinkpads), desktops (Thinkcentres), workstations (Thinkstations), servers (Thinkservers) and monitors (Thinkvision). The Idea range is the retail offering comprising notebooks, netbooks and all-in-one desktops.
Axiz will also be distributing accessories and warranty options for both ranges.