Symbol Solution Builder Speeds Configuration for Avnet FasTrac Portal

6/17/2003 - Avnet Applied Computing, an operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT) unveiled a powerful new tool designed to make the research, configuration and purchase of data collection products from Symbol Technologies (NYSE: SBL) faster and easier for Symbol's Channel Partners.

The new tool combines Symbol's comprehensive product families and product data with the speed, security and one-stop Web access of Avnet Applied Computing's Avnet FasTrac(TM) customer portal. The end result is an application that makes it fast and easy to find the complete solutions needed to solve the end customer's situation.

"The Symbol Solution Builder allows Symbol's Channel Partners to quickly zero in on the exact products and complementary peripherals they need to solve their customers' data collection issues, then purchase those same products in a secure setting," said Pat Cathey, president of Avnet Applied Computing, North America. "By taking advantage of the Symbol Solution Builder on Avnet FasTrac, a Channel Partner can logon anytime and order a kit of data collection products guaranteed to work together."

The Symbol Solution Builder -- available in a free demo at -- gives Symbol Channel Partners the opportunity to research Symbol products, compare them head-to-head, and then select the appropriate peripherals and cables based on the customer's application. Symbol Solution Builder only shows options that have been verified to work together, eliminating the guesswork from the configuration process. Once the final kit has been assembled, the entire bill of materials is ported back to Avnet FasTrac for final, secure purchase and tracking.

"The integration of the Symbol Solution Builder to Avnet's FasTrac online tool suite is tremendously important for our Channel Partners," said Stan Jaworski, vice president, worldwide channels marketing and development, Symbol Technologies. "Time is of the essence in today's economy. This implementation leverages the strengths of both companies to provide a tool that makes it faster and easier for our mutual customers to purchase the right products than ever before."

To find out more about the Symbol Solution Builder or Avnet FasTrac, please visit

About Avnet Applied Computing
Avnet Applied Computing, a Phoenix-based distribution specialist, focuses on the unique requirements of computing OEMs, value-added resellers and system integrators looking to get embedded systems or wireless and data collection solutions to market quickly. AAC offers a wide array of services including engineering assistance, integration and support services, supply-chain management, online tools, financing, and physical distribution of end products.

Avnet Applied Computing also markets off-the-shelf components such as CPUs, mass storage devices, flat-panel displays, embedded and commercial motherboards, memory modules, and networking, mobile/wireless computing, point-of-sale and software products. A $1.68 billion operating group of Avnet Inc. in fiscal year 2002, Avnet Applied Computing has operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Visit Avnet Applied Computing on the Web at

About Avnet
Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. is one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies, with fiscal year 2002 sales of $8.9 billion (year ended June 28, 2002). The company distributes semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical components, embedded systems and computer products from leading manufacturers. Serving customers in 63 countries, Avnet delivers services such as inventory management, supply-chain services, bill-of-material analysis, systems integration and engineering design assistance. Its Web site is located at

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