December 14, 2017

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Futuresource identifies key global retail trends

Futuresource Consulting has announced some key findings from its latest global consumer electronics (CE) retail channel trends report. "From phones to fridges, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are important in the consumer electronics calendar, not only in North America, but are also making their presence felt across Europe and beyond," said James Manning Smith, research analyst at Futuresource. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 December 2017

DISTREE EMEA launches annual regional Tech Channel Survey for distributors and retailers

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has started collecting responses for its 2017 regional consumer tech channel survey. Reaching out to thousands of senior executives from consumer tech distributors, retailers and e-tailers across the region, the survey explores sales performance, business confidence, financial trends and attitudes towards product categories. Liam McSherry, Marketing Director for DISTREE Events, said: “The EMEA Consumer Tech Channel Survey forms part of a global network of research reports that provides deep insight on regional market trends." Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 5 December 2017

Distributors boost two-way market data flow

Distribution, while well placed to provide vendor information to channels, is increasingly offering market insights back to vendors, according to the latest research from the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC). The research looks at what vendors think about distribution’s new emerging roles, which includes expanded services going forward. Vendors also mentioned they would like to see a program for increasing trust and partnership between the various channel tiers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 30 November 2017

Acer hits highest profit in 27 quarters

Tech vendor Acer has announced that its after-tax profits for the third quarter of 2017 hit their highest level in 27 quarters. Acer posted sales of NT$60.58 billion (US$2.01 billion) for the quarter – up 13% sequentially and 3.4% year-on-year. After tax profits hit NT$1.45 billion (US$48.2m) – up more than fivefold year-on-year. Acer claimed that the results demonstrated the company’s strong business momentum, stabilising operations and renewed profitability. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 16 November 2017

DISTREE APAC 2017 workshops to cover consumer tech channel business trends and market opportunities

DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) has confirmed the line-up of workshops and small group sessions at this year’s regional consumer technology distribution channel event. The sessions form part of an extensive conference programme that runs alongside the main exhibition and pre-scheduled meetings between consumer tech suppliers and trade buyers that take place during the event. The fifth annual DISTREE APAC takes place at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore on 8th to 10th November 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 3 November 2017

CONTEXT to reveal VR research findings at DISTREE APAC

Following on from its successful 2016 VR Research, CONTEXT is pleased to announce that Howard Davies, CEO, will be presenting this year’s results for the first time at DISTREE APAC in Singapore during a keynote address on 9th November. CONTEXT’s 2017 VR Research consumer survey adds data for China and Russia for the first time to complement existing coverage of the UK, France, Germany and Italy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 30 October 2017

Keynotes on virtual reality, distributor transformation and consumer behaviour confirmed for DISTREE APAC

DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017 will include an extensive conference programme comprising keynotes and workshops, plus market snapshot presentations from key distributors in major countries within Asia. This year’s keynote speeches will be delivered by Event Partner GfK and by Content Partners CONTEXT and QUADMARK. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 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

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

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

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