WatchGuard Tabs Choice for Logistics Solutions

Security solutions provider will offer four-hour returns management authorization

New York—Dec. 20, 2011—Choice Logistics, a leading provider of mission-critical logistics solutions, has been selected to manage hardware warranty programs for WatchGuard Technologies, a provider of business security solutions. The partnership will allow WatchGuard to offer a new premium four-hour returns management authorization (RMA) service to its customers.

WatchGuard develops and markets solutions that secure networks and protect sensitive data. Its extensive lines of firewall, content security and remote connectivity appliances are installed in a global customer base ranging from small businesses and branch offices to Fortune 500 companies and enterprise data centers. Its customers include companies in the financial, healthcare, energy, hospitality, retail and education industries.

“As our growth accelerated, we had more and more requests for a high-end customized returns management program that would provide same-day hardware replacement,” said Brendan Patterson, senior product manager of WatchGuard Technologies. “Choice Logistics has the global infrastructure to support our hardware warranty programs on multiple continents, but they also understand our business strategy and provide us the flexibility to phase in our new premium 4-hour support offering profitably.”

Utilizing its infrastructure of regional distribution centers, in-country hubs, and strategic stocking locations, Choice Logistics designed and implemented a solution for the storage and delivery of WatchGuard’s replacement appliances. A centralized global inventory management and dispatch system allows Choice Logistics to fulfill WatchGuard’s basic and advanced hardware warranty services, which deliver replacement appliances in one to several days, as well as the new Premium four-hour RMA Service, which provides same-day delivery of replacement hardware.

“We all understand how vulnerable our networks and data are without firewalls and other security measures,” said Doug Magnan, vice president of operations for Choice Logistics. “Our specialized logistics solution helped WatchGuard increase service levels to its customer base, create a new revenue-generating service offering, and still maintain its intense product development focus on defenses to new business security threats.”

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