December 13, 2017

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Retail-to-Business (#R2B) Advisory Board holds first meeting

The first meeting of the Advisory Board for the 2014 Retail-to-Business (R2B) channel summit took place in Paris last month. The R2B Advisory Board includes senior channel executives from major ICT vendors including Lenovo, AMD, and Lexmark. Retailers in the Advisory Board include Fnac and Maplin, with many other major players pledging their support to attend the conference. Distributor Tech Data is also a launch member of the R2B Advisory Board. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 October 2013

GITEX 2013: Channel updates

It’s that time of year again as the Middle East market gears up for GITEX month. First up is Shopper from 5-12th October, followed by Technology Week running 20-24th October. With Shopper now happening twice a year, this October’s event has lost some of its impact. Holding it on separate dates from the trade show also means less overall buzz during Technology Week. Nevertheless, you can keep checking back here to stay up to speed on any worthwhile channel announcements. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 26 September 2013

New Retail-to-Business (#R2B) channel summit confirmed for DISTREE EMEA 2014

DISTREE EMEA has announced the inclusion of a new Retail-to-Business (R2B) summit as part of its 2014 event agenda. The new session will be hosted by ICT channel tracking research experts CONTEXT and will cover all major European markets. The inaugural R2B summit will take place in Monaco on Wednesday 12th February 2014 as part of the DISTREE EMEA agenda. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 July 2013


Taking place for the 6th year in a row in 2013, the Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards once again celebrated excellence in the regional ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retail channel. Using a unique live voting system, dozens of senior vendor executives selected the Retailer of the Year across nine national markets. Mass merchants Carrefour and Lulu were celebrating in 2013, picking up awards in four and three countries respectively. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 July 2013


The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) has formally announced the vendor winners from this year’s retail channel awards, which took place recently in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East 2013 in Abu Dhabi. A total of 150 senior retail executives voted live for their preferred brands across 15 separate categories. Samsung led the way, receiving awards in three separate categories, while Dell picked up two awards. A further 11 vendors won one award apiece. The PC Vendor of the Year Award was a dead heat with both Samsung and Dell picking up 26% of the live vote each. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 5 July 2013

INTERVIEW: Sergey Itskov, MICS

Russian distributor MICS is participating at this week’s DISTREE Russia & CIS to showcase its vendor portfolio to top retailers and resellers from across the region. The three-day event provides a powerful opportunity for MICS to meet both existing and potential new channel partners in a business-focused environment. Channel EMEA caught up with Sergey Itskov, head of sales at MICS Distribution to find out more. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 25 June 2013

INTERVIEW: Stanca Stadler, Ninja Computers

Next week’s DISTREE Russia & CIS has become a ‘must attend’ event for vendors looking to launch, build or manage channels in the fast-growing region. Gathering together top distributors, retailers and resellers together in one place at one time, the event allows vendors to pre-schedule meetings with both existing and potential partners. Ninja Computers is one of dozens of vendors looking to launch channels at the event. Channel EMEA caught up with Stanca Stadler, business development manager at Ninja Computers to find out more. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 June 2013

INTERVIEW: Ronan Leonard, Tucano

Tucano plans to reach out with its unique Italian brand of flair and style to channel partners in the Russia & CIS region. Tucano is participating at DISTREE Russia & CIS 2013 later this month – the premier annual regional event for the ICT and consumer electronics (CE) channel. For more than 25 years Tucano’s Italian brand of bags and accessories for digital devices has expanded its reach around the world. Channel EMEA caught up with Ronan Leonard, sales director EMEA at Tucano, to find out more about the brand’s plans for the Russia & CIS region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 June 2013

DISTREE Russia & CIS 2013 announces major sponsors

DISTREE Russia & CIS will take place for the tenth year in a row in 2013. This year’s event is supported by Platinum Sponsor Sony, Gold Sponsors AMD, Dell, S3 and Toshiba, plus Silver Sponsors Blackberry, Formoza, TP-Link and Ulmart. GfK is an official Event Partner and Content Partner at DISTREE Russia & CIS 2013. Additional Content Partners include CONTEXT, ‘Kiki Lab – Ebeltoft Group’, Ocean Solutions and VIA International. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 June 2013

INTERVIEW: Dmitry Kleshnin, OCS

Established in 1994, OCS has established itself as a premier broadline distributor in the Russian market. Today the company has 28 offices across Russia and Kazakhstan and is focused on channel sales of a wide selection of technology solutions and products. OCS, a subsidiary of National Computer Corporation (NCC) works with the world’s biggest vendors and serves a customer base of more than 10,000 channel companies. Channel EMEA caught up with Dmitry Kleshnin, VP at OCS, ahead of the distributor’s participation at this month’s DISTREE Russia & CIS channel event in St. Petersburg, Russia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 June 2013

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