September 25, 2017

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Online marketplaces drive Russian e-commerce growth

According to AKIT, the association of Russian e-commerce companies, online sales in Russia grew 15% year-on-year in calendar 2016 to hit RUB850 billion (US$14.9 billion). The research firm claims that online still only accounts for 4% of domestic retail in Russia. In comparison, online accounts for 12% of the UK market. AKIT believes that the e-commerce market in Russia has huge potential for further growth, which could be driven by the entry of large international players. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 May 2017

AliExpress eyes Russian e-commerce potential

Online marketplace AliExpress has identified Russia as a market of significant growth potential, comparing the current levels of e-commerce development to the situation in China several years ago. The current situation with sanctions is also encouraging more brands from China, ASEAN and India to look at the opportunity to build channels in Russia. Chris Devonshire-Ellis of professional services firm Dezan Shira & Associates, stated: “AliExpress’s experience is really taking up the loose reins that the EU left dangling when they imposed sanctions on Russia. Europe will find they have no business opportunities to go back to in Russia once the sanctions are lifted.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 May 2017

CACTUS confirmed for DISTREE Russia 2017

CACTUS is a fast-growing brand that aims to set new standards for market-compatible printing consumables and accessories. CACTUS is participating at DISTREE Russia 2017, giving the company the opportunity to meet buyers and senior executives from the country’s top distributors, resellers and retailers. Roman Samoylov CEO at CACTUS, said: “We first participated in DISTREE Russia back in 2015 and the experience has been highly successful Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 May 2017

Winners of MERA Initiative and Icon Awards announced at DISTREE Middle East

The 10th annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. The MERA Awards included a series of initiative categories, with retailers, distributors and vendors submitting detailed application packs that were assessed by a VIP Jury. There was also an individual award for a retail executive – chosen by the VIP Jury – who has played a pivotal role in driving the growth and evolution of the consumer tech retail channel in the Middle East. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

DISTREE Diamond Award winners selected by Middle East’s consumer tech retailers and e-tailers

The 3rd annual Middle East DISTREE Diamond Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. During the event, senior executives from consumer tech retailers and e-tailers were asked to assess all exhibitors on a range of factors including product portfolio, product roadmap, channel programme, business potential, go-to-market strategy, presentations and the quality of meetings and interaction at DISTREE Middle East 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Leading Middle East consumer tech distributors and retailers recognised at 10th annual MERA Awards

The 10th annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. The awards recognised outstanding performance in the market, with categories covering distributors, retailers, e-tailers and online marketplaces. Stuart Wilson, organiser of the MERA Awards, stated: “We congratulate all winners on their achievement. The winners in each category were determined using continuous channel feedback from the last 12 months, plus input from a VIP Jury.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 15 May 2017

DISTREE Middle East completes successful three-day consumer tech channel event in Dubai

DISTREE Middle East took place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. This week’s event gathered more than 200 senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors held thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 May 2017

DISTREE Middle East 2017 unites regional consumer technology channel

DISTREE Middle East takes place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. This week’s event gathers more than 200 senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors will hold thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 8 May 2017

INTERVIEW: Anthony Chow, igloohome

Smart home products will be displayed at this week’s DISTREE Middle East in Dubai. With hundreds of retail buyers confirmed to attend, the channel event can open a wealth of new business opportunities for vendors looking to expand in the Middle East. Smart lock solutions vendor igloohome is a confirmed exhibitor for the event. Channel EMEA caught up with Anthony Chow, CEO at igloohome, to get the inside track on the company’s plans. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 6 May 2017

Whoopey.com promotes e-commerce credentials

E-commerce platform Whoopey.com will look to build brand awareness at this week’s DISTREE Middle East event in Dubai, joining 200-plus consumer tech retail and e-tail executives at the region’s leading annual channel event. Saad Khan, CEO at Whoopey.com, said: “Whoopey.com is an electronics-focused, e-commerce platform offering 5000-plus SKUs from 100-plus brands. DISTREE offers the ideal platform to meet and interact with a wide gamut of vendors and brands across the category who do not have an online presence or are looking to expand their online reach.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 6 May 2017

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