Best Buy To Sell Lenovo's ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, Lenovo-Brand PCs
Posted April 12, 2006 8:12 a.m. EDT
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Lenovo
is making its second effort to return to the retail personal computer market since buying IBM's personal computing division.
Lenovo, which is moving its headquarters to Morrisville, and Best Buy announced Tuesday that Lenovo-branded PCs as well as the ThinkPad and ThinkCentre lines will be sold through 135 Best Buy stores as well as online and by phone.
Last November, Lenovo struck a retail distribution deal with Office Depot.
IBM had largely dropped out of retail markets before selling its PC group to Lenovo for $1.75 billion in May of 2005.
The companies said sales people would be trained by Lenovo.
The PCs and laptops will be sold through Best Buy For Business locations. Installation services will also be available, the companies said.
"Best Buy For Business is the definitive source for small businesses to meet their technology needs," said Tom Healy, executive vice president of Best Buy. "Best Buy For Business and Lenovo share a focus on delivering high customer satisfaction, and world-class products and service. With the help of Lenovo-trained professionals, Best Buy For Business customers will be able to choose the PC that is right for them and their business."
Lenovo recently introduce its own Lenovo 3000 laptop and desktop models.
"With a new product line designed specifically for small business customers, working with Best Buy For Business will help us reach an increasing number of users who are turning to in-store experts for their small business IT needs," said Scott Smith, president, Lenovo Americas. "In addition to creating more opportunities to purchase Lenovo notebooks and desktops, small business customers will gain personalized and knowledgeable service that will help them choose the right PCs at the right price."