October 21, 2017

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ALSO boosts net profits in first half

Distribution giant ALSO’s net profits hit €36.9m (US$43.3m) in the first half of the year – up 32.4% year-on-year. Pre-tax profits were up 27.6% at €51.4m (US$60.3m). With sales up 9.5% at €4.13 billion (US$4.84 billion), ALSO’s first half net profit margin reached 0.89%. Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO at ALSO Holding, said: “Our clear strategy, determined management as well as our implementation-focused employees constitute the backbone of our sustained success.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 27 July 2017

Hammer Phones hits UK market

Hammer Phones has launched its range of high-end ruggedised smartphones in the UK, and is now looking to expand its channel reach. Hammer Phones are manufactured by MyPhone, part of the publicly traded TelForce One Group in Poland, which was established in 2001, has revenues exceeding US$100m and trades on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Hammer Phones are currently distributed by CI Distribution and Varlink in the UK. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 25 July 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

Nuheara raises funds for retail expansion

Audio device brand Nuheara has successfully completed an institutional placement raising A$9m (US$7.15m) to fund the aggressive global retail expansion of its wearable audio device, IQbuds. ASX-quoted Nuheara’s IQbuds combines the features of a hearing device, a bluetooth earpiece and a noise cancelling headset. Investors will be issued shares at A$0.092 per share, which represents a premium of 2.8% to Nuheara’s 30-day volume weighted average share price. 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

Dicker Data adds HDS rights in Australia

Distributor Dicker Data has added Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to its portfolio in Australia. The new agreement allows resellers to capitalise on HDS’ solutions for midmarket and enterprise customers. Diacker Data has also formed a new enterprise data business unit to focus on the digital transformation and IoT opportunity to resellers in the midmarket and enterprise segment. 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

Dominion buys The Phone House

Retail giant Dixons Carphone has agreed to dispose of its entire holdings in The Phone House Spain, Connected World Services Europe and Smarthouse to Global Dominion Access SA, a provider of technological services and solutions, headquartered in Bilbao, Spain. Dominion will integrate Phone House into its smart innovation business and look to deliver a range of services to consumers related to smart homes. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 July 2017

Arrow Electronics bags Oracle VAD awards

Oracle recognised Arrow Electronics with three awards at the Oracle VAD global community forum in Budapest, Hungary. Arrow was presented the following awards for 2017: highest EMEA overall revenue contribution award; highest EMEA cloud revenue contribution award, EMEA cloud innovation and best practices award. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 July 2017

Exertis strengthens gaming team

Distributor Exertis has appointed Matt Finn as an account director within its consumer division based in Harlow, UK. Finn will be responsible for the management of key accounts focused on gaming, reporting to Alex Croft, Exertis, sales and commercial director. Croft said: “I am delighted to add Matt to our successful gaming team where his experience will further strengthen our relationships with our major customers.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 12 July 2017

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