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Ingram Micro and RocketSpace partner to accelerate logistics technology

Steve Rogerson
August 23, 2016
Ingram Micro is partnering the RocketSpace technology campus in San Francisco to help start-ups and corporations come together to build the future of logistics.
Through the Logistics Tech Accelerator, the mission is to facilitate creativity and ingenuity, working with customers and partners to help accelerate technological advancements globally. Ingram Micro will support the efforts of select technology start-ups in North America and Europe that have been accepted into RocketSpace's programme.
In a collaborative effort, Ingram Micro will gain insight on and access to the technology work being done by the start-ups. The move is in line with the Fortune 64 company's efforts to offer its customers access to the broadest, deepest pool of innovative technology.
"This partnership is bringing two ecosystems together to drive innovation and disruption within the industry," said Ken Beyer, EVP at California-based Ingram Micro. "Our future-friendly commerce and fulfilment solutions enable our customers to evolve from the legacy systems of the past, to meet the demands of customers in the millennium. The Logistics Tech Accelerator brings together the thought leaders within corporations like ours and disruptive innovators at the best start-ups, to change the industry and market as a whole."
The industry-specific accelerator programme claims to be ground zero for disruption in logistics technology and gives the start-ups access to the Ingram Micro's global logistics scale, Shipwire order fulfilment platform, and 30 years of industry expertise and executive mentorship.
"When evaluating and co-designing pilots, our goal is to always look for ways to leverage the value of our technology platform and its capability to advance global growth for retailers and brands," said Ignacio Garcia, business strategist for Ingram Micro Labs. "The work we are doing with RocketSpace will help shape our internal technology roadmap for the future."
Together, the strategic partnership will help accelerate the delivery of commercially viable products to the logistics industry.
RocketSpace is a technology campus headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, the company has been helping technology entrepreneurs, start-ups and corporate innovation professionals bring the future to market. The company offers services to its members including programming, consulting, events and office-as-a-service, which together create an ecosystem and community for innovation to thrive.
Select start-up alumni include Uber, Spotify, Practice Fusion and Leap Motion, and RocketSpace's roster of corporate innovation services clients include Schneider Electric, Converse, Tata Communications, Royal Bank of Scotland, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Samsung and ABinBev.