April 20, 2018

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ALSO Group creates new roles

Distributor giant ALSO is driving forward its transformation with the creation of two new functions that will both report directly to group management. Reiner Schwitzki, who has been spokesman of the management board of ALSO Germany for the last seven years, will be appointed chief process officer (CPO) with immediate effect. At the same time, Hermann Scharl, who has been head of logistics at ALSO Germany for the last 15 years, will become chief logistics officer (CLO). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 April 2018

iLife strengthens Lulu partnership

Mobile device and accessories brand iLife Digital claims that its Middle East relationship with retailer Lulu is delivering impressive results for the company. Anees Mian, operations director at iLife Digital Technology, said: “We are seeing highest [levels of] device ownership, reflecting a change in consumer demand for premium yet affordable products. Lulu is a trusted retail chain across the Middle East and we are glad to partner with them, helping us expand our reach in the region.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 April 2018

Hume to become CEO at Tech Data

Distribution giant Tech Data has announced that Rich Hume, executive VP and COO will become CEO effective June 6, 2018 and has been nominated to join the company’s board of directors. Hume will succeed Bob Dutkowsky, who will transition to the role of executive chairman of the board. Hume joined Tech Data in 2016 as executive VP and COO. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in the creation of the company’s long-term strategy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 19 April 2018

Ingram Micro appointed as Forcepoint VAD in MEA

Ingram Micro has signed a Middle East & Africa (MEA) distribution deal with cybersecurity outfit Forcepoint. Under the terms of the deal, Ingram Micro is authorised to distribute the complete Forcepoint offering in 23 countries across the MEA region including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Malta, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tunisia, the UAE and Yemen. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 April 2018

Keenetic confirmed as Silver Sponsor for DISTREE Russia

Innovative networking brand Keenetic will participate as a Silver Sponsor at the 15th annual DISTREE Russia channel event, which takes place in Moscow from May 30th to June 1st. DISTREE Russia is the country’s premier hosted buyer tech channel event, providing exhibitors with a powerful opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with senior executives from both the B2B and B2C channels. Channel EMEA caught up with Ilya Ponomarev, general manager at Keenetic, to find out more about the company’s plans for the event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 17 April 2018

ABC Data posts strong 2017 results

Central & Eastern Europe distribution giant ABC Data has announced that its 2017 sales hit US$1.38 billion with adjusted net profits doubling year-on-year to surpass US$10m. ABC Data claims that its focus on the development of four key business areas - e-commerce, VAD, cloud and mobile – contributed to the strong financial results. ABC Data’s VAD subsidiary, S4E, hit record sales of US$71.4m in 2017 – up 29% year-on-year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 April 2018

Yandex.Market confirmed to deliver GameChanger keynote at DISTREE Russia 2018

DISTREE Russia has confirmed that Yandex.Market will deliver a GameChanger keynote presentation at this year’s 15th anniversary event, which takes place in Moscow on May 30th to June 1st, 2018. The new GameChangers session is designed to update vendor and channel delegates on the major technology trends and new business models that will drive the evolution of channel ecosystems within Russia. Evgeniy Schepelin, Business Development Director at Yandex.Market, will deliver the presentation. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 April 2018

Tech Data brings Hauppauge to UK

Distributor Tech Data is bringing Hauppauge’s mySmarthome voice-activated plugs and bulbs to the UK market for the first time. Available exclusively from Tech Data, the mySmarthome devices allow home users to control their lighting with voice commands via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. They work with any Wi-Fi router without the need for a separate hub or paid subscription service. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 April 2018

INTERVIEW: Dmitriy Akinshin, TOTOLINK

Networking vendor TOTOLINK will showcase its innovative portfolio to channel partners at DISTREE Russia 2018. The country’s leading hosted buyer event for tech channels will give TOTOLINK the perfect platform to raise brand awareness and build new routes-to-market. Channel EMEA caught up with Dmitriy Akinshin, general manager at TOTOLINK Russia, to learn more about the company’s plans and objectives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 April 2018

Tech Data goes pan-European with Panduit

Tech Data has announced a pan-European distribution agreement with Panduit, a global provider of network infrastructure solutions, building upon its existing agreement with Panduit covering the USA. With this partnership, Tech Data claims that it is reinforcing its commitment to fill the gap between IT and operational technology. Panduit’s Internet of Things (IoT) offering incorporates the physical infrastructure required to build a complete solution for smart manufacturing, enabling customers to deploy end-to-end IoT solutions, including wireless sensors at the edge, on-premise or cloud infrastructure, and data aggregation and analytics. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 6 April 2018

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