|February 29, 2000|
Delta Air Lines Selects HP, IBM To Supply Home PC's, Notebooks Through PeoplePC
|Delta Air Lines has announced that Hewlett-Packard Company and IBM will supply computers for its "Wired Workforce" program in which computers are made available for all Delta employees at a substantial discount through PeoplePC.|
HP will provide multiple configurations from its HP Pavilion desktop line, the No. 1 selling retail PC. IBM will offer Delta employees its award-winning ThinkPad i Series notebooks, with the potential of providing additional ThinkPad models and configurations in the future.
"We are moving rapidly forward with implementation of our 'Wired Workforce' program and look forward to the advantages our people will gain," said Leo Mullin, Delta chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We want to give Delta people the opportunity to interact with their company in new and exciting ways. We also believe these tools will help our employees to be well informed and more productive as they serve our customers."
"We are proud to extend our partnership with HP and IBM - two world-class computer companies - into the homes of our employees," said Bob DeRodes, Delta chief information officer.
"PeoplePC has helped us pull together various product offerings at affordable prices to fulfill the many requests we have had from Delta employees for more options. We plan to offer multiple HP desktop and IBM notebook system packages that will allow each employee to choose from among great values and leading technology for use at home or on the road."
"PeoplePC's virtual business model and aggregated buying power is at the center of delivering companies such as Delta a cost effective, turnkey solution to wire employees," said Nick Grouf, founder, chairman and CEO of PeoplePC. "By working with Delta to select top PC brands, PeoplePC is empowering Delta employees with a simple and affordable way to experience the benefits of the Internet revolution."
The Wired Workforce program was announced February 4 in a joint presentation with PeoplePC. The San Francisco-based company will be responsible for order fulfillment and technical support for the program. Over the next few months, Delta, Delta Technology and PeoplePC will work closely to test all aspects of the program, including secure access to the airline's intranet.
PeoplePC's goal is to offer as many people as possible a simple and affordable way to get a computer and get online, and then take care of their members with world class customer service. By bringing large numbers of members together, PeoplePC creates a more efficient way to link buyers and sellers.