August 23, 2017

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Rashi Peripherals 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

Tuncmatik wins DISTREE Diamond Award for Power Solutions

Energy products vendor Tuncmatik was awarded the DISTREE Diamond Award for Charging & Power Solutions. This latest accolade was based on the company’s successful participation at regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE EMEA 2017, which gathered together 300-plus distributors from across the wider Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region earlier this year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 August 2017

Kingston and Marvell celebrate 6 million milestone

Kingston has announced that more than 6 million SSD units have shipped worldwide featuring Marvell controllers. The 6 million units includes both Kingston and HyperX product lines. The feat was accomplished in just over two years, as the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD in February 2015 was the company’s first SSD to ship utilising a Marvell controller. Marvell’s 88SS9293 controller provides fast, next generation SSD performance, making HyperX’s Predator PCIe SSD appealing to system builders and enthusiasts. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 August 2017

Hubbard joins mobile unit at Exertis

Distributor Exertis has appointed Rik Hubbard as commercial and services director for its mobile division, reporting to Simon Woodman, Exertis mobile director. In this role, Hubbard will be working with the sales and purchasing teams to maximise performance of the division’s vendors. His remit will include building on the opportunity to launch a range of device-focused services from trade-in, repair and refurbishment to finance and service contracts, following Exertis’ recent announcement that it had acquired MTR Group. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 August 2017

ELKO bags distributor awards

Emerging markets distributor ELKO has picked up a number of distributor awards based on voring from resellers participating in research house CONTEXT’s ChannelWatch survey. ELKO was named Specialist Distributor of the Year in all three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. ELKO also picked up the Best Broadline Distributor of the Year award for 2016 in Lithuania. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 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

TrackR raises US$50m funding

Item tracking solutions vendor TrackR has secured US$50m in Series B funding led by Steve Murray at Revolution Growth, with Foundry Group, Amazon Alexa Fund, DoCoMo Capital, The Glenmede Trust, and Bespoke Strategies also joining the round. The capital will aid the company as it continues creating reliable solutions to quickly find lost items while growing its global community of users. Prior to its Series B, TrackR has raised over US$10m from Foundry Group, Resolute Ventures, IncWell Capital, Orange Fab, Amazon Alexa Fund, and prominent angel investors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 August 2017

ZOTAC goes exclusive with Exertis

Exertis has confirmed a UK distribution deal with ZOTAC for its complete line-up of products, including graphics cards and mini-PCs. Stuart Hatch, components general manager at Exertis, said: “ZOTAC has a great range of Nvidia graphics cards with models that are keenly priced even up to enthusiast-grade water-cooled models. In addition, ZOTAC provides an extensive range of bare-bone Mini-PCs, including gaming models with integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX GPUs, which widens our product offering to our resellers.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 August 2017

Exertis acquires MTR Group

Distributor Exertis has acquired UK-based MTR Group, a service and solutions provider specialising in second generation lifecycle extension of mobile, wearable and tablet devices. MTR employs 60 staff at its refurbishment facility in Harlow, Essex. MTR generated sales of £10.8m (US$14.3m) for the year ending 30th November 2016 and has seen significant and sustained year on year growth since its incorporation in 2011 by founders and co-owners Steve Healy and Andy Payne. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 August 2017

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