The company offers a broad array of solutions and services to nearly 165,000 resellers by distributing and marketing hundreds of thousands of IT products worldwide from nearly 1,400 suppliers. Through Ingram Micro Logistics, the company provides customizable services for order management and fulfillment, contract manufacturing, contract warehousing, product procurement, product pack out and cartonization, reverse logistics, transportation management, customer care, credit and collection management services, and other value chain services. Ingram Micro serves 100 countries and is the only global IT distributor with operations in Asia.
Ingram Micro headquarters are located in Santa Ana, CA, with eastern U.S. Operations Center in Williamsville, N.Y. (just outside of Buffalo). The Latin America export office is in Miami, FL.
In fiscal 2005, the company reported revenues of $28.8 billion and net income of $216.9 million.
Ingram Micro's origins trace back to the founding of distributor Micro D, Inc. in July 1979 by husband and wife Geza Czige and Lorraine Mecca. The company, located in Southern California, rapidly expanded nationwide and had a public offering in 1983. Ingram Industries became a majority stockholder of Micro D in February 1986 when it acquired all common stock held by the company's founders and acquired all remaining Micro D shares in March 1989.
Meanwhile, in 1982, entrepreneurs Ronald Schreiber, Irwin Schreiber, Gerald Lippes and Paul Willax were busy founding Software Distribution Services in Buffalo, N.Y. Ingram Distribution Group, a unit of the privately held Ingram Industries, acquired Software Distribution Services in the Spring of 1985 and renamed it Ingram Software, which again expanded in December 1985 with the purchase of Softeam, a Compton, Calif.-based distributor. The operation was renamed Ingram Computer in February 1988.
Ingram merged these two former competitors together in 1989 to create the microcomputer industry's first $1 billion computer products wholesale distribution company, Ingram Micro D. The new company established headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. and retained an East Coast operations center for sales, credit, technical support, MIS and customer service in Buffalo, N.Y. Officials dropped the "D" from the company's name in January 1991.
In 1996, Ingram Micro became a public company, listing its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Updated August 15, 2005