November 25, 2017

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HCL Infosystems confirms Apple rights in India

Indian IT group HCL Infosystems has confirmed an agreement to distribute Apple products, including iPhones and other Apple products, in the Indian market. HCL Infosystems announced in July 2017 that it was in discussions with Apple regarding a distribution deal in India. Apple has existing distribution tie-ups with Ingram Micro, Redington, Rashi Peripherals and Beetel Teletech in India. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 August 2017

INTERVIEW: Martina Kerbl, Ambi Climate

Ambi Climate will showcase the first smart accessory for air conditioners powered by artificial intelligence (AI) at DISTREE APAC 2017 in Singapore this November. On the back of a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, Ambi Climate is now ready to identify the top distributors in the region to open new routes-to-market. Channel APAC caught up with Martina Kerbl, VP sales at Ambi Climate, to learn more about the company’s plans in Asia Pacific region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 August 2017

Indian distributor conducts GST awareness campaign

Indian distributor Rashi Peripherals recently concluded its unique goods and services tax (GST) PC campaign for partners. The ‘R U GST Ready’ campaign aimed at creating GST awareness among partners and assisting them in smooth transition to the new tax regime. Under the campaign, over 300 Champions of Rashi Peripherals spread across the country reached out to over 1000 outlets and assisted partners in upgrading their existing IT hardware to comply with GST requirements. Rashi Peripherals claims that it was the only distributor in India to start GST billing from July 1st. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 August 2017

INTERVIEW: Dikran Tchablakian, Tecbuy

If wisdom comes from experience, then it is little wonder that Dikran Tchablakian can offer deep insight into the trends impacting consumer tech retail in the Middle East. Tchablakian was awarded the Retail Executive of the Decade honour in 2016 by DISTREE Middle East, in recognition of his achievements and position within the retail channel. With vast experience across the region, spanning physical retail and e-tail with CompuMe, Tecbuy and now also letstango.com, Tchablakian’s views on the structural dynamics of the Middle East retail channel are more important than ever as we enter a period of accelerated change. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 August 2017

Rashi Peripherals eyes components growth in India

Indian distribution giant Rashi Peripherals recently concluded a training programme on components, designed to encourage the growth of ‘personalised PC’ offerings across India. Leading IT brands such as Toshiba, Asus, Intel, Western Digital and ADATA showcased their new offerings and also conducted in-depth training session on their latest product portfolio. Rashi also organised a training session on goods and services tax (GST) to educate attendees on the new tax regime in India. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 August 2017

iBRIT strikes Saudi Arabian partnership

Smartphone brand iBRIT has signed a strategic partnership and distribution deal in Saudi Arabia. Haitham Kalakash, CEO of iBRIT, has confirmed that iBRIT is working with distributor Etihad Specialized Trading (EST) in the Kingdom. EST is a subsidiary of the Assr Aljawal Group, which has been operating since 2005. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 August 2017

Tech Data names new LAC general manager

Distribution giant Tech Data has appointed Deena LaMarque Piquion to VP and general manager, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). In this role, Piquion will oversee the strategic direction and execution of all sales, marketing, and operations functions for the company’s LAC organisation, including its Miami-based Latin America export division. She will report to Jeff Bawol, senior VP, enterprise solutions at Tech Data. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 August 2017

Ingram Micro named Red Hat training reseller in UAE

Ingram Micro Training MEA, a provider of instructor-led technical training, is partnering with Red Hat as a Red Hat training reseller for the UAE. With this partnership, Ingram Micro is now authorised to resell Red Hat Training services, including open enrolment courses, on-site courses and Red Hat’s complete online delivery portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 July 2017

Synnex expands Fuji Xerox partnership

Synnex has expanded its Australian distribution deal with Fuji Xerox Printers and will now stock the brand’s entire range of products. Along with Fuji Xerox Printers’ retail solutions, Synnex will also now distribute the company’s entire product range, enabling Fuji Xerox Printers to expand its reach across the IT and systems integrator markets, opening up new channels. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 July 2017

Majid Al Futtaim bags Geant

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, recently acquired Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as 4 Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International. As part of the Majid Al Futtaim retail offering, Carrefour currently operates over 160 stores in 15 markets across the MENA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 July 2017

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