RS Components and Allied Electronics receive first batch of Raspberry Pi boards into warehouse
Oxford, UK, 12 April 2012 - RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, have taken delivery of the first batch of Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized computer board designed to prompt the development of programming skills among children and IT enthusiasts.
Invitations to place an order in the bespoke online Raspberry Pi store will be sent out shortly to the first group of customers, in sequence according to the time that they registered their interest in Raspberry Pi on the RS and Allied websites. Due to limited availability of Raspberry Pi at this time, and as part of their delivery promise to customers, RS and Allied are inviting orders only when they can guarantee the allocation of a Raspberry Pi from stock. Orders are currently restricted to one board per customer. This process will be repeated until full production quantities of the boards become available later this year, when customers will be able to order multiple quantities.
Glenn Jarrett, Head of Electronics Marketing at RS, said, "We are delighted to have the first batch of fully compliant products in our warehouse and to be able to invite the first wave of customers who registered for a Raspberry Pi to place their orders from this initial stock. There has been a great deal of anticipation for Raspberry Pi since its launch at the end of February, and it is important that we provide a delivery guarantee to customers when they place their order."
Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder and trustee, with the first batch of Raspberry Pi boards in RS Components' dedicated Raspberry Pi store at the Corby warehouse.
About RS Components and Allied Electronics
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide and distributes 550,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing. The product and service portfolio supports the entire product lifecycle from R&D through pre-production to maintenance and repair. The Group ships more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year to 31 March 2011 had revenues of £1.18bn.
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