September 21, 2017

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Smart home trumps wearables in GfK consumer study

The latest GfK research claims that half of people internationally believe smart home technology will make an impact on their lives in the next few years, compared to just a third who say the same for wearables. The study, which covered seven countries, asked consumers to choose which of 11 leading-edge technologies – from 3D printing to virtual reality to Internet of Things (IoT) would have an impact on their lives in the next few years with respondents able to choose as many technologies as they wished. 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

UK hardware vendors seek improved channel clarity

Channel data management specialist Zyme’s latest research claims that UK hardware companies will be taking a closer look at their routes to market in 2016, with 67% of respondents stating that they would like to understand more about their channel partners, and channel marketing expenditure. More than two thirds of those interviewed by Zyme felt that effective channel data management would ultimately give them a greater sense of control over their business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 November 2015

Audio, drones, smart home and wearables confirmed as spotlight categories for DISTREE EMEA 2016 channel event

DISTREE EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) has confirmed that audio products, consumer drones, smart home solutions and wearables will be four spotlight product categories at next year’s event in Monaco. The annual four-day event offers technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands a powerful platform to launch, manage or expand their routes-to-market across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 17 November 2015

More pressure to measure channel performance

Channel data management (CDM) specialist Zyme’s latest research shows increased pressure on UK hardware companies to accurately measure channel performance. The report, entitled ‘The UK Channel Data Management Barometer’, shows that a staggering 93% of respondents feel that they are now under pressure from the business and its stakeholders to provide accurate, real time, data on channel performance in order to improve decision making. In parallel, 71% also commented that such stakeholder demands will mean existing ways of managing channel relationships, and setting sales strategies, must change. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 November 2015

10% of Spanish broadband households own a smartwatch

The latest research from Parks Associates claims that 10% of Spanish broadband households own a smart watch, followed by 8% in the UK, 7% in Germany, and 6% in France. “Form factors such as the smartwatch are creating new opportunities for wearables in the connected home, with home controls and health applications near the top of the list for potential use cases,” said Stuart Sikes, president at Parks Associates. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 November 2015

European distribution channel rebounds

The latest European distributor report from research house IT Europa shows that the region’s top 500 distributors recorded combined sales of US$153.75 billion in 2014, up 7.25% year-on-year. The number of staff employed by the top 500 distributors came in at 100,007, according to the report. The numbercrunchers at the research firm reckon that Tech Data was the largest distributor in Europe by revenue. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 November 2015

Smart home revenues to hit US$100 billion in 2020

As big numbers go, it is certainly one guaranteed to get your attention. The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that global consumer spending on smart home services including entertainment, health, energy and home automation, will reach US$100 billion per annum by 2020. That’s more than double the US$43 billion estimated spend in 2015. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 October 2015

DISTREE Events strengthens Middle East team

DISTREE Events, the organiser of DISTREE Middle East, has announced the appointment of Mehdi Hasan as Regional Manager for the Middle East region. Hasan will manage the company’s Middle East operations and report directly to Farouk Hemraj, CEO and co-founder of DISTREE Events. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 October 2015

GfK to deliver opening keynote at DISTREE APAC 2015

GfK is an official Event Partner at DISTREE APAC 2015 and will deliver the opening keynote at this year’s event. The GfK presentation, entitled ‘Technology Markets - How to Grow Business in 2015-2016’ will be presented by Dr. Rudi Aunkofer, Global Director IT, GfK Retail & Technology, on Wednesday 7th October at 14:20. DISTREE APAC 2015 takes place from 7-9th October at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort in Singapore. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 October 2015

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