October 21, 2017

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Canon ties up with Extra in Saudi Arabia

Canon Middle East has signed United Electronics Company, the company behind retailer Extra, as a strategic partner for Canon office personal products (OPP) in Saudi Arabia. Extra has a strong retail presence in the GCC focused primarily on Saudi Arabia. The company also has a strong e-commerce operation and offers an expansive portfolio spanning TV, audio systems, computers, mobile phones and IT communications, cameras, home appliances and personal care products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 October 2017

Periscope upbeat on Black Friday potential in UK

It could be a huge Black Friday for 2017, as 44% of US, and 81% of UK shoppers plan to go bargain hunting online and in stores, according to research from Periscope By McKinsey. Almost half of US consumers confirmed they will be shopping this Black Friday – compared to just 26% in 2016 and 23% who were undecided. The jump is much higher in the UK with an impressive 81% of stating they intend to shop this Black Friday – compared to just 22% who anticipated getting involved last year and 30% who were on the fence. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ring signs Al Jammaz as distributor in Saudi Arabia

Smart home security solutions vendor Ring has signed Al Jammaz Distribution as a channel partner in Saudi Arabia. Ring hopes that the distribution deal will help it expand its reach across the Saudi Arabian market, offering customers Ring’s innovative home security products and solutions. Mohammad Meraj Hoda, managing director at Ring, said: “Al Jammaz has been providing technology-driven business solutions in Saudi Arabia for almost a decade and in that time, has succeeded in reaching almost 90% of the Saudi Arabian channel and distribution market.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 October 2017

iLife receives Microsoft award in Middle East

Mobile device brand iLife Digital technology has picked up an award from Microsoft in the Middle East. iLife was recognised as a ‘Compete Partner’ of the year for 2017 for its devices designed for the Middle East’s budget concscious consumers. The annual awards hosted by Microsoft Gulf celebrated and recognised partners that had made a significant contribution to the vendor’s business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 October 2017

Top consumer tech distributor and retailer executives confirmed for DISTREE APAC 2017

DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) has announced that more than 100 senior executives and buyers from top consumer tech distributors and retailers are now confirmed to attend this year’s event. As a premium hosted buyer event, DISTREE APAC gives consumer tech brands the opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with the region’s most influential channel partners in one place at one time. This year’s DISTREE APAC takes place in Singapore from November 8th to 10th at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 October 2017

Smart home market worth US$6 billion in 2017

Smart home devices are going mainstream, according to the analysts at Futuresource Consulting. Its latest report reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of US$6 billion worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. "The smart home has arrived and its impact is indisputable," said Filipe Oliveira, a market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 October 2017

Rashi Peripherals holds Intel DCB event

Indian distributor Rashi Peripherals has completed a training session in association with Intel. The event was aimed to increase awareness about Intel’s datacentre blocks (DCB) business among enterprise partners. Around 100 enterprise partners from Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bengaluru attended the meeting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 October 2017

European PC gaming market climbs 23% in second quarter

Europe’s PC gaming market sales grew 23% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017, as enthusiasts sought out high performance and premium branded systems, according to market analyst CONTEXT. "Those that claim that PC gaming is dead have been proven wrong once again,” said Biggles Bristol, PC gaming and VR consultant at CONTEXT. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 October 2017

EET Europarts extends NEC rights to Spain

Distributor EET Europarts has extended its channel agreement with NEC Display Solutions (DS), adding Spain to the list of countries that it is authorised to sell in. EET has been a distributor for NEC DS in the Nordics and France for several years. NEC DS’ product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and dedicated desktop LCDs, via large-size public displays for digital and retail signage. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 October 2017

GNR picks up HiWatch rights

UK distributor GNR has added HiWatch rights to its portfolio. HiWatch is a new brand from video surveillance supplier HikVision. Dave Stevinson, managing director at GNR Tech, said: “As a company, we were very impressed with the HikVision product range, business model and market strategy. The accredited reseller initiative will offer fantastic value add to our resellers enabling attractive margin opportunities. The exclusive partnership with HikVision cements our foothold within the video surveillance market, and we are very optimistic of the growth of the brand.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 October 2017

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