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Cisco cuts suppliers

...in the year it has also halved its resellers
Written by Ben Charny, Contributor

...in the year it has also halved its resellers

Cisco Systems plans to end relationships with 300 more equipment suppliers to further battle its excessive inventory problem, executives have said. Randy Pond, Cisco's senior VP of worldwide manufacturing, said the changes will take place "soon", leaving the world's leading router maker with 350 raw materials suppliers. Of those 350, some "50 to 70 will represent the majority of our" suppliers, Pond told analysts attending two days of the company's financial presentations in San Jose, Cailfornia. Cisco has also been paring down the number of companies that sell its equipment, part of an overall move to battle an "oversupply and over-distribution" problem, said Paul Mountford, Cisco's VP of worldwide channels. Mountford said the company so far this year has eliminated 1,100 US Cisco resellers. That leaves Cisco with about 1,100 resellers in the Americas, he said. Pond claims cleaning up the bloat will cut costs. He added that dealing with fewer suppliers and manufacturers means that Cisco can "really introduce partners to our business". Pond and Mountford did not provide additional details about what companies had been cut from Cisco's line of product distribution partners. Ben Charny writes for CNET News.com.
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