Compaq is reshuffling its channel in a scheme where resellers will be able to order online and have kit configured and shipped from selected distributors.
Due to be unveiled in the US next month, the configure to order (CTO) pilot scheme will be part of the vendor's wider Partnerdirect programme.
It is expected to only include distributors that have started joint configuration operations at Compaq's Houston base.
Resellers will be able to order and design direct from Compaq over the Web, but the fulfilment and configuration will be handled by selected distributors.
US distributors with the necessary qualifications include Tech Data, Compucom Systems and Ingram Micro.
Mark Walker, Ideal Hardware business unit manager, said: "The practise of distributors doing the final configuring on orders has been talked about a lot over the years. That it has not been implemented in the UK is down to geography. In this country, Compaq can assemble kit in its factory in Scotland and have it shipped the next day."
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