September 25, 2018

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DISTREE Events channel survey identifies Gaming, Smart Home and Lifestyle Tech as top growth categories for 2018

DISTREE Events has announced preliminary findings from its annual Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech distributor survey. The in-depth survey was completed by more than 100 distributors between December 4th 2017 and 9th January 2018. Distributors were asked to assess which product categories represented the best growth potential for their business in calendar 2018. The standout category was Gaming, with 54% of distributors identifying it as a top three product segment for sales growth potential in 2018. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 February 2018

DISTREE EMEA keynote line-up confirmed

The 16th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), begins in Monaco on February 6th, 2018. This year’s keynote line-up includes presentations from Event Partner GfK, Content Partners CONTEXT and Futuresource, plus consultant Ryan Mackey. As the region’s largest independent hosted buyer event for the consumer tech channel, DISTREE EMEA unites hundreds of consumer tech brands, distributors, retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 5 February 2018

Expanded workshop programme at DISTREE EMEA covers range of consumer tech channel topics

The 16th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), which takes place in Monaco from February 6-9th 2018, will include an extensive workshop programme for delegates. The group sessions are designed to bring vendor and channel executives up to speed on some of the latest trends and market developments influencing the consumer tech channel. Content partners at this year’s event include CONTEXT, EHA, Futuresource, Game Advisor, GfK, GTDC, HAX, Parks Associates, Quadmark, Red Dolphin and Regent. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 26 January 2018

Services core to distribution business models

Distribution in 2018 has moved a long way from pick, pack and ship of IT products, and has substantially broadened its offering with a wide range of services, claims a new report from IT Europa focusing on European distributors. The report, for the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), cites several leading distributors who have invested strongly in services, including Arrow ECS, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Westcon and Central & Eastern Europe’s AB. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

M&A masterclass confirmed for DISTREE EMEA

Next month’s DISTREE EMEA regional consumer tech channel event will include a workshop hosted by Regent Partners focused on merger and acquisition (M&A) trends in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space. The regional distribution channel has been shaped for decades by consolidation forces with the old channel adage of ‘get big, get niche or get out’ still relevant today. Channel EMEA caught up with Pradip Somaia, partner at Regent, to get the lowdown on the latest M&A trends. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 24 January 2018

CONTEXT to host exclusive conference session for VIP channel executives at DISTREE EMEA 2018

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2018 will include a VIP session hosted by Content Partner CONTEXT on Thursday 8th February. The 16th annual DISTREE EMEA hosted buyer tech channel event takes place at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco from February 6-9th. This exclusive session will gather together senior executives from the region’s top distributors and select retailers. A blend of presentations and panel discussions will tackle the major issues impacting the EMEA consumer tech channel ecosystem and the need for strategic collaboration. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 20 December 2017

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

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