October 1, 2016

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James Vickerage named VP at Imago ScanSource

Imago ScanSource, one of Europe’s largest video solutions company, has announced the appointment of James Vickerage as the new VP for UK and Ireland, where he will be responsible for managing the operations of the video and voice solutions distributor. Imago ScanSource was formed out of the acquisition of Imago Group by ScanSource last year. The company operates as a separate business unit under the guidance of founder and former Imago managing director, Ian Vickerage. Ian is now president of ScanSource’s European communications business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 December 2015

Elko profits soar in 2015

Emerging markets distributor Elko Group has announced that its net profits for the nine months ending September 30th 2015 hit U$$15.9m – up from just US$1.6m in the corresponding period in 2014. Elko claims that it has performed strongly in the third quarter of 2015 despite turbulent market conditions. The distributor reckons it can post net profits in excess of US$20m for calendar 2015. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 December 2015

Rigby Private Equity invests in Zycko

Rigby Private Equity (RPE), the private equity arm of Rigby Group Investments, has made a significant investment in VAD outfit Zycko. The deal will allow Zycko to expand more aggressively throughout the EMEA region. RPE can’t get enough of VADs at the moment. In July, the equity group made a major investment in leading specialist security VAD Wick Hill. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 December 2015

Rotronic-Secomp confirmed for DISTREE EMEA 2016

Senior executives from technology and consumer electronics distributors across Europe are confirming their attendance at DISTREE EMEA 2016, which takes place from February 24-27th in Monaco. Michael Taraba, CEO at European distributor Rotronic-Secomp, will use his participation at DISTREE EMEA to evaluate new brands. DISTREE EMEA provides a unique opportunity for the 150-plus participating technology and consumer electronics brands to pre-schedule face-to-face meetings with the region’s most influential channel executives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 December 2015

New categories for DISTREE EMEA Diamond Awards

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2016 will host the second annual DISTREE Diamond Awards in the region. The DISTREE Diamond Awards are open to all technology brands participating at DISTREE EMEA. The 2016 DISTREE Diamond Awards for EMEA will cover 22 separate categories including hot product categories such as drones and robotics, headphones, smart home solutions and wearables. Alexandra Sinson, Event Director for DISTREE EMEA, said: “Some brands have amazing products. Some brands have exceptional go-to-market models. The DISTREE Diamond Awards recognise brands that successfully combine both of these elements as part of an overall strategy.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 2 December 2015

Entatech ready to expand retail portfolio

UK-based distributor Entatech will join hundreds of Europe’s leading volume channel partners at DISTREE EMEA 2016, evaluating the latest consumer technology products from major brands and meeting new vendors looking to enter the region’s markets. Channel EMEA got the inside track from Dave Stevinson, managing director at Entatech UK, on the company’s plans and ambitions for 2016. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 December 2015

Tech Data Mobile expands UK team

Tech Data Mobile has added to its growing sales and business development teams with the appointments of Dan Manser as field sales executive and Erebouni Torosyan as iPhone business development manager. Manser brings more than six years of working in the mobile channel to this newly-created post at Tech Data Mobile. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2015

DISTREE announces 2016 calendar of events

DISTREE Events has officially announced its 2016 event calendar, with six consumer technology channel events planned around the world. The company is also launching an additional event in the Middle East region in 2016 focused on the SMB reseller channel. In addition, DISTREE Events will stage a new two-day exhibition in Paris, in association with Innov8 Group, focused on the growth areas of connected devices, wearables, drones, robotics, accessories and smart home products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 November 2015

Innov8 teams with DISTREE for ConnectDays Paris event

Innov8, a leading distributor of connected products and services in France, has teamed up with DISTREE Events to launch a unique two-day event in 2016 focused on connected products, smartphones, accessories and distribution 2.0 business models. DISTREE ConnectDays will take place on 11-12th April 2016 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, giving 100-plus brands the opportunity to showcase their connected technology products and pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with France’s top channel partners, retailers, e-tailers, press and market influencers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 26 November 2015

Alpha Tech bags Jabra distribution accolade

Headset and speakerphone solutions specialist Jabra has named Alpha Tech as its Middle East distribution partner of the year. The award recognised Alpha Tech for its performance and commitment towards the brand in the UAE, GCC and several other countries in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Alpha Tech has been a distribution partner of Jabra for 14 years, operating as a regional logistics and distribution partner for Jabra, providing warehousing and logistics support, and also managing some local channel partners in the UAE. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 26 November 2015

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