Ingram Micro has become the first distributor to charge resellers for freight on all orders in an attempt to recoup the rapidly rising cost of fuel across Europe which will mean the cost should be passed down the supply chain to users.
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During the last twelve months the spectre of price hikes for logistics seemed inevitable as the cost of fuel soared and today the world's biggest distributor confirmed it has finally grasped the nettle.
In a statement Ingram said the IT distribution sector across Europe had shouldered substantial freight costs on behalf of resellers and their customers.
"Ingram Micro EMEA will tackle the difficult issues of freight costs to ensure our future success and sustainability," said Jay Forbes, EVP and president at Ingram Micro EMEA.
The rapidly rising cost of shipping meant action was required now added Forbes, "Ingram Micro EMEA will implement policies and processes to recover the full cost of shipping products to our customers."
The move is unlikely to go down well with resellers who will need to pass on the charges to customers who are used to free or minimal carrier costs, a situation that Forbes acknowledges.
"We understand this decision will be challenging for our customers, and will work with them to make the transition as smooth as possible," he added.