March 30, 2017

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NEWS

Amazon reaches agreement to buy Souq.com

NASDAQ-quoted Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, a major e-commerce player in the Middle East. The move ignites an intriguing battle for e-commerce supremacy in the fast-growing region, with Noon.com, which has financial backing from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, due to launch in the coming weeks. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 March 2017

DISTREE Middle East invites retailers, distributors and vendors to enter 2017 MERA initiative awards

DISTREE Events has confirmed a deadline of April 29th for companies to enter the submission-based awards, which form part of the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2017 Awards’ taking place at DISTREE Middle East in May. The annual MERA Awards, taking place for the 10th consecutive year in 2017, celebrate excellence in the region’s consumer technology retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 March 2017

MMR20 programme to unite consumer tech category leaders and VIP retailers at DISTREE Middle East 2017

The exclusive MMR20 vendor programme will form part of DISTREE Middle East 2017, which takes place on 8-10th May at Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The programme, which successfully launched in 2016, is reserved for consumer technology brands that have demonstrated a sustained retail leadership position in one or more product categories across the Middle East during the last year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 23 March 2017

KMG adds Meizu rights in Egypt

Egypt-based distributor KMG has added distribution rights for fast-growing China-based smartphone brand Meizu. Karim Ghoneim, CEO at KMG, said: “We are delighted to have started working with Meizu in Egypt. We are running a Meizu roadshow in shopping malls and at major sporting events. We want as many people as possible to see and touch the Meizu devices.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 March 2017

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FEATURES

DISTREE EMEA 2017 drives regional channel development

The 15th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech regional channel event took place last week in Monaco. More than 120 consumer tech brands exhibited at this year’s event, holding pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading distributors and channel partners. DISTREE EMEA 2017 took place at the Grimaldi Forum, running from February 21st to 24th. Read full feature

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 February 2017

DISTREE Middle East moves to Dubai for 2017 event

DISTREE Middle East 2017 will take place on the 8-10th May at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The three-day channel event unites consumer technology brands and distributors with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading retailers and e-tailers. Exhibitors pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with retailers and e-tailers attending the event, enabling them to target specific markets or channels for their product portfolio. Read full feature

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 February 2017

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VIDEO

tecbuy: the inside track

tecbuy: video submission to celebrate 10th anniversary of regional retail channel event DISTREE Middle East in 2014

The Jumbo success story

Jumbo: video submission to celebrate 10th anniversary of regional retail channel event DISTREE Middle East in 2014


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COMMENT

Leo Prozument, AV Structures

Emerging markets expert Leo Prozument of AV Structures gives us his expert opinion on doing business in Russia, explaining why some international brands fail in the market. Read full story

Thomas Rockman, Deutsche Telekom

There is a growing debate on open versus proprietary systems in the smart home channel. Thomas Rockman, VP Connected Home at Deutsche Telekom, brings us up to speed on the key issues. Read full story

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