March 24, 2017

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MMR20 programme to unite consumer tech category leaders and VIP retailers at DISTREE Middle East 2017

The exclusive MMR20 vendor programme will form part of DISTREE Middle East 2017, which takes place on 8-10th May at Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The programme, which successfully launched in 2016, is reserved for consumer technology brands that have demonstrated a sustained retail leadership position in one or more product categories across the Middle East during the last year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 23 March 2017

Garmin expands African reach with MTN Nigeria

Fitness tech brand Garmin has teamed up with MTN Nigeria partner to introduce a range of health and fitness devices in-country. “Building off of our partnership and recent launch with MTN Ghana, we are excited to extend our footprint in Africa and partner with the leading telecommunications provider to bring these innovative solutions into Nigeria where we have seen an increasing interest and adoption of healthy lifestyles by many people,” said Jenna Chisnall, marcomms manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Garmin. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 March 2017

Extra sales reach US$1 billion in 2016

Saudi retail giant Extra’s sales for full year 2016 were flat at US$1 billion. The company’s operating income fell 57% year-on-year to US$6.29m, with after-tax profits dropping to just US$560,000 compared to US$13.1m in 2015. Extra’s financial report showed that selling and marketing expenses were US$9.1m higher in 2016 compared to 2015, hitting US$120.9m. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 March 2017

Souq.com opens service centre in Dubai

Middle East e-tailer and online marketplace Souq.com has whipped the covers off its first customer experience centre, located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The move to open a physical space highlights the complexities of new omnichannel supply models embracing both offline and online. Souq.com claims that the new facility will make life more convenient for customers as well as sellers across the UAE. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 March 2017

Jarir Bookstore opens new store in Medina

Saudi Arabian tech retail giant Jarir Bookstore recently opened a new showroom in Medina, taking its store network inside the Kingdom to 39. Jarir’s total store network now numbers 47, including its outlets outside of Saudi Arabia. The new Medina showroom on King Abdullah Road spans more than 4000 square metres. Jarir Bookstore invested more than US$16m in its latest outlet. More than 60% of the staff employed at the new store are Saudi Arabian. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 6 March 2017

DISTREE Middle East moves to Dubai for 2017 event

DISTREE Middle East 2017 will take place on the 8-10th May at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The three-day channel event unites consumer technology brands and distributors with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading retailers and e-tailers. Exhibitors pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with retailers and e-tailers attending the event, enabling them to target specific markets or channels for their product portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 February 2017

DISTREE Russia announces return to Moscow for 2017 technology channel event

DISTREE Russia will return to Moscow in 2017. The country’s leading technology channel event will once again offer technology suppliers access to Russia leading retailers, e-tailers and resellers in one place at one time. DISTREE Russia will take place at Hotel Yahonty in Moscow on the 21-23rd June 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 23 January 2017

Canon honours Emax, Carrefour, Media Square and Extra

Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, reinforced its commitment to channel partners at its latest regional awards. The awards formed part of a two-day ‘Imaging Inspired’ event that saw 170 decision makers from Canon’s tier one and tier two channel partners from across the Middle East region gather together. In the Middle East region, Emax UAE bagged the Canon Middle East performance award for 2016 in the DSLR and lens category, considered a prime business area for Canon. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 14 November 2016

Fourth annual DISTREE APAC delivered new channel opportunities for consumer technology brands

The fourth annual DISTREE Asia-Pacific (APAC) ends today in Singapore. The focused consumer tech channel event provided a unique opportunity for vendors and brands to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s top consumer tech channel partners, including retailers, e-tailers and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 November 2016

DISTREE APAC welcomes consumer tech distributors and retailers to annual channel event

The fourth annual DISTREE Asia-Pacific (APAC) takes place this week in Singapore. The focused consumer tech channel event provides a unique opportunity for vendors and brands to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s top consumer tech channel partners, including retailers, e-tailers and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 November 2016

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