The MIT Computer Connection (MCC) is readying a move to electronic commerce. Working with NECX of Peabody, MCC is planning a transition from a retail storefront to a Web-based electronic ordering and direct-delivery mode for individual purchases by early fall.
During the transition period, the MCC's summer hours through August 25 will be Monday from noon-4:30pm and Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4:30pm for the showroom and consulting. For personal sales via cash, check and credit card, the hours will be Tuesday from 2-4pm and Friday from 10am-noon. Departmental requisitions will be accepted during showroom hours or by EREQ and e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org> anytime.
There are no anticipated changes in PC service as a result of the MCC restructuring.
Until the process is complete, departmental purchasers should continue to use paper requisitions or EREQs. This procedure will evolve as the restructuring progresses. Updates will be provided through various channels, including a Web site at <http://web.mit.edu/is/discovery/mcc>.
On site pre-sales consulting as well as the product showroom will still be available to all individual and departmental purchasers. Departmental orders processed by on-site pre-sales consultants will still require approved requisitions.
The migration to an electronic ordering format will allow a gradual reduction and elimination of on-site inventory and the introduction of delivery directly to the desktop (offices, dorms, etc.) orchestrated through NECX and a third-party carrier.
Questions and comments about the restructuring are welcome and should be addressed to <email@example.com> for the quickest response. Customers can also call MCC at x3-7686 or see the Web site at <http://www-mcc.mit.edu>.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on July 16, 1997.