September 30, 2011, 3:24 PM

TigerDirect offers custom Android tablets to publishers

The consumer electronics web retailer teamed with Android tablet manufacturer Archos.

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TigerDirect offers publishers customized Android tablets.

Consumer electronics retailer TigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax Inc., has allied with Android tablet manufacturer Archos to offer publishers customized tablet computers for their readers.

The system, called PubTab, includes a 10-inch tablet, camera and CPU running the Android platform. TigerDirect also offers order fulfillment and customer and technological support.

“The launch of PubTab highlights our unique ability to serve the B2B and B2C marketplace and utilizes our strong vendor relationships, state-of-the-art call centers and extensive logistics capabilities,” says Richard Leeds, Systemax’s chairman and CEO.

The first company to offer a discounted Android tablet packaged to subscribers is Philadelphia Media Network Inc., owner and publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. The tablet includes four pre-loaded applications that displayed digital versions of the publisher’s two newspapers and web site to subscribers.

Systemax, No. 23 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide, also owns and operates CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com and industrial products retailer GlobalIndustrial.com.

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