Former Mac Technology Association (MTA) head Robert Peckhamhas launched a new venture, Tech2Clear, to shift excess, obsolete and out-datedstock held by resellers, distributors and vendors.
Until recently the MTA ran its own MacClearance service forApple partners, but following its merger with the PCA last summer to form theTechnology Channels Association (TCA), Peckham said MacClearance did not fitwith the TCA’s plans.
“MacClearance was a funding vehicle for the MTA, we used theprofit from that to keep the association running, and dealers paid into that,”he said. “The TCA is a different vehicle with a different structure, andbecause 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 theApple channel, the new organisation has no ties with the association.
Peckham told MicroScope that MacClearance had been receivingenquiries from multiple vendors and distributors who were fed up with the lowcapital returns they saw from competing stock disposal services, among themHewlett-Packard and Epson, and disties Computers Unlimited, Ingram Micro andWestcoast.
The firm has set up a warehouse facility near Oxford and isnow inviting enquiries from channel players with obsolete, outdated or surplus ITkit, including peripherals, networking gear and consumables.
Acknowledging that stock disposal outfits sometimes come acropper over grey or counterfeit goods, Peckham added that he expected thisproblem to have minimal impact.
“We’re dealing with mainline distributors and vendors, andwe aren’t looking for discount stock on the open market,” he said.