IBM and Huawei hook up to start Chinese takeaway

MWC 2012 IBM’s enterprise consultancy, IBM Global Business Service, has joined up with Huawei to create enterprise solutions, initially for Chinese companies but with global aspirations.

Huawei wants its smartphones embedded into businesses, and to give those businesses a reason to buy its tablets too. IBM wants to push its Chinese presence and tap into the expediently expanding market, which it hopes to do with Huawei’s help, but to Huawei this is just another step on the road to global domination.

The jointly developed platform is called “Smart Workspace@Mobile” though at the moment it is little more than slideware and aspirational statements. It will involve Huawei’s device management systems, and apply IBM’s experience with enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and supply chain management, to create a combined solution to be pushed heavily into the energy and retail industries.

Both companies reckon enterprises are posed to make greater use of mobile workers and want to be ready to exploit that market in China and beyond. Huawei pins its plans to a projection which sees a 80 per cent of businesses making their staff work on the move by the end of next year.

But this alliance with IBM is also important in painting Huawei as a full-service company, not just a manufacturer of networking kit and Android handsets. There are dozens of high-volume-low-price manufacturers in China and Huawei is desperate not to be lumped in with them. Launching a quad-core Android handset is one part of that – the Ascend D being anything but low-cost – but sitting on stage alongside IBM is equally important. ®


CEVA Logistics Wins Contract With The Body Shop International PLC

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, has been awarded a contract to manage the UK inbound logistics activities for The Body Shop, part of the L’Oreal group. The contract commenced in January 2009.

On behalf of The Body Shop, CEVA will manage supplier collections from a set number of locations nationwide, transporting products to The Body Shop’s global distribution centre at Littlehampton. CEVA will also distribute palletised products to and from a number of gift assemblers. The products will be transported in full loads and via CEVA’s multi-user network, coordinated from CEVA’s Iver depot.

Mike Ricketts, Head of Global Transportation at The Body Shop says: “By working in partnership with CEVA we are able to reduce costs and deliver greater supply chain efficiencies. CEVA also has the expertise, scope and global coverage to help us manage any fluctuations we may encounter with our logistics activity.”

Nick Cullen, Managing Director, CEVA Logistics UK & Ireland commented: “We are delighted that The Body Shop has taken a decision to expand its relationship with CEVA. We already provide consolidation services, brokerage activities, warehousing and sea and air freight management services to the group and we look forward to managing their inbound supply chain.”

SOURCE: CEVA Logistics

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