Former Mac Technology Association (MTA) head Robert Peckham has launched a new venture, Tech2Clear, to shift excess, obsolete and out-dated stock held by resellers, distributors and vendors.
Until recently the MTA ran its own MacClearance service for Apple partners, but following its merger with the PCA last summer to form the Technology Channels Association (TCA), Peckham said MacClearance did not fit with the TCA’s plans.
“MacClearance was a funding vehicle for the MTA, we used the profit from that to keep the association running, and dealers paid into that,” he said. “The TCA is a different vehicle with a different structure, and because of its charter cannot be involved in a commercial enterprise.”
As a result, MacClearance has now morphed into Tech2Clear, and although Peckham remains as a TCA director, with responsibility for the Apple channel, the new organisation has no ties with the association.
Peckham told MicroScope that MacClearance had been receiving enquiries from multiple vendors and distributors who were fed up with the low capital returns they saw from competing stock disposal services, among them Hewlett-Packard and Epson, and disties Computers Unlimited, Ingram Micro and Westcoast.
The firm has set up a warehouse facility near Oxford and is now inviting enquiries from channel players with obsolete, outdated or surplus IT kit, including peripherals, networking gear and consumables.
Acknowledging that stock disposal outfits sometimes come a cropper over grey or counterfeit goods, Peckham added that he expected this problem to have minimal impact.
“We’re dealing with mainline distributors and vendors, and we aren’t looking for discount stock on the open market,” he said.