SHI International Corp., a provider of information technology products, has added Kindle e-readers and tablets to its array of items it resells to customers.
SHI, which has credited increased adoption of mobile devices for rising sales, now offers the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9. It will resell those items through technology distributors Ingram Micro and Synnex Corp.
Kevin English, mobility team manger at SHI, in the Somerset section of Franklin, said Amazon's Kindle devices provide cost-effective ways to equip the modern workforce with mobility. SHI resells products to business, government and academic buyers.
The company said most businesses and educational institutions want to enable employees to work from anywhere, but high costs of many mobile devices deter smaller organizations with tight budgets from making such purchases.
"Both SHI and Amazon are committed to amazing customer service, and by adding Kindle to SHI's lineup of mobile solutions, we aim to better support organizations of all sizes and budgets with the IT solutions they need to stay competitive," English said in a statement today.
The company said Kindle Fire and its high-definition version benefit business customers by providing ability to securely access corporate networks and join meetings through Skype or WebEx. SHI also said Kindle Fire serves the education market though adjustable fonts, text-to-speech features, built-in-reference and dictionary, notebook, and X-ray textbooks.
SHI said customers who purchase Kindle devices from the company can use for free Amazon's Whipercast service, an online mobile device management product that simplifies large-scale rollouts of devices as well as deployment and management of content and documents.
Whipercast enables customers to centrally manage their Kindle devices from anywhere and procure and distribute content to users, SHI said.
"Customers tell us that Kindle positively their productivity both in the office and in the classroom, and with innovative tools like Whispercast, businesses and educational providers are able to manage their Kindles and deliver content seamlessly to their staff or students," said Jason Bass, manager of Kindle's enterprise and education division.
SHI has credited growth of mobile devices for a 12 percent year-to-date revenue increase. The New Jersey company reports more than $4 billion annual revenue and employs about 2,000 globally.