Lenovo, or no love?
574 posts • joined 7 Oct 2011
Lenovo, or no love?
Is that you Scrooge?
It's on my Lenovo and it's shite..... Laptop freezes for no f*****g reason, keyboard suddenly becomes unresponsive, email suddenly decides to close on its own, and it takes f*****g ages to not only download updates but for these to then be installed.
Had an HP printer once and never again.... Had a Lexmark printer once and never again. In the case of the latter, had a conforming substitute Tesco ink cartridge that worked but only until a Lexmark update stopped it functioning.
I consider another rip-off to be the assured number of either colour or black and white prints with each cartridge. It's well below the number assured.
A lot lot more of the same ......more headlines for El Reg in future
One less to rip us off on printing
Compiled a list of UK distributors back in 2010 and I had around 68 names. This has now shrunk by 55%. This mean less choice and further downward pressure on gross margins. Expect more because they simply cannot survive without acquiring currently. Seems that as manufacturers consolidate, so do Distributors.
Usual event when one biggies buys another biggie..the one swallowed suffers most.
We've not left yet...
Marked difference between a car manufacturer and Supermarkets that sell product other manufacturers produce to the likes of you and me and two ingrained and competing technology companies merging into one. Expect to see a thorough review of product and lines covered and even a new direction with the usual chopping of overheads.
No fish (or fruit) bigger than Apple...
This was no about head quartering in Ireland - It's about 'special deals' that are forbidden and rightly so. Peeved myself that Microsoft and others seemingly reached 'agreement' with HMRC. This is simply unfair to those that cough up at the correct rates.
Can't wait to see your comment in 15 years time.
Brentfords in posher climes than Essex...should read Middlesex my man Reg....
Expect another 'slurp' as the Reg describes them... Only way this model can keep its head above water
Never got to improve on that 47 minute hold to actually speak to anyone then...
Double check the UK taxes...given where acquirer operates from
Another UK distributor gets gobbled...fewer and fewer left.
Unlikely to be any adjustment should currency recover....if it ever does
Now reaching the pits of desperation in trying to keep workers happy and selling
Does anyone ever reach those milestones......??
So, one goes for Brexit to regain 'sovereign power' but one argues sovereign rules requiring the result of a referendum be approved by HM Parliament is not flavour of the month.......
Do us a favour... Come back and revisit this post in a couple of years.....
Whenever VC's get a grip of businesses like Maplin, it can only result in tears and hair-pulling. Was a gem of a place in its early days but successive owners have failed to mould it to meet changing buyers habits.
This is a classic case of passing a hot potato around. Expect the original business of Trustmarque to disappear into Capita's black hole.
They in turn I recall frequently took 60+ days to pay
Could never quite understand precisely what this business was supposed to be selling.
They always lie on this issue and more
Another loss to those that bought from them on the sly.... would be great to see their client base.
The world has gone totally mad...
Don't you believe it.... Pro brexiters have their own agenda firmly set and once their personal aims are achieved, they'll let other sort out the mess.
Shape up or I call in your remaining chips...
Unfortunately, despite perilously low margins in selling to such organisations, (sometimes at a loss), the volume is just impossible to ignore as rebates eke out another extra basis point or two for distributors; and they clearly cannot afford to lose this level of turnover.
If you're going to outsource, do it with the right contract and provider, not a bunch of cowboys like this.
Easy to part a fool and his money.... with a name and promise of good things...
Fascinated that businesses should leave themselves open to such fraud. I'll wager many of them have anti fraud processes but fail to follow them or update them. It really is a simple case of implementing a risk policy, keeping everyone in an organisation aware of it, constantly updating it and above all, ensuring everyone follows it.
There was I thinking the idea is to make profit...
Another established UK IT name disappears into the haze...
Cash in tank is the oxygen left but Northamber shot it's bolt when it peaked at revenue and refused to change tack.... using its cash pile to just twist a little in the hope of finding water.
Businesses like BT looked at Dabs given their existing online selling expertise which meant BT would not have to start off their own. Dabs, in its early years was a pioneer 'etailer' and this was the attraction to BT. No different to Insight's acquisition of Action Computer Supplies or Systemax buying Paul Kusak's business in Sheffield. Invariably, when big business buys smaller businesses the value on purchase diminishes as does the level of service while the return on investment becomes more acutely watched and monitored. If there's been a decline it service levels it should have been noticed before now.
So, on promise equally risky...
Not sure I follow cloud being a high volume low margin area... Cloud sales represent just 8% of sales.
Can we review this in 2018 and call Gartner to comment.
Tricky move driven perhaps by a need also to bolster margin and increase share.
If it's taken a year or more for this to surface you can bet responsibility rests equally with suppliers for failing to resolve issues or enforce payment legally due.
As for those walking away, there's a suspicion perhaps margins don't merit the hassle. I can recall UK to UK business going this way.
If you're owed money, you charge interest and litigate if that is the ONLY way to elicit payment. If you litigate however, odds are your credit insurance will come down and future business is likely to suffer.
Ingram's sale is a bold move, the first major to note what's coming and react
Said well before Lenovo purchased chunks of IBM that Chinese mega companies would begin to swallow up more of the traditionally larger western Tech companies. It won't end with Ingram and expect some really big mergers/acquisitions in the next three years, even within western behemoths.
Services therefore at 3%.....
What a load of old bull....
Staggered that any business should fail to either implement or enforce simple risk management strategies to counter this type of fraud. It really is not that difficult.