April 26, 2018

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Hume to become CEO at Tech Data

Distribution giant Tech Data has announced that Rich Hume, executive VP and COO will become CEO effective June 6, 2018 and has been nominated to join the company’s board of directors. Hume will succeed Bob Dutkowsky, who will transition to the role of executive chairman of the board. Hume joined Tech Data in 2016 as executive VP and COO. Since then, he has played a pivotal role in the creation of the company’s long-term strategy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 19 April 2018

DISTREE Events announces new organisation

DISTREE Events has announced new appointments as part of its plan to increase its business agility and increase its value offering to both exhibitors and audiences. DISTREE Events specialises in the planning, organisation, staging and management of ICT & CE hosted buyer channel events and is owned by Infopro Digital. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 April 2018

Krusell reveals first quarter top seller list

Accessories brand Krusell has released its top seller list for the first quarter of 2018. The list of devices is based on the number of pieces of custom made mobile and smartphone cases ordered from Krusell during the first quarter of 2018. The list reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe. Apple’s iPhone 8 took top spot on Krusell’s first quarter top sellers list, with devices from Samsung, Huawei and Sony also appearing in the rankings. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 April 2018

MyKronoz crowdfunds US$8m for ZeTime in less than a year

Innovative smartwatch brand MyKronoz has announced record-breaking crowdfunding results for ZeTime, its hybrid smartwatch. After a 35-day Kickstarter campaign launched in March 2017, ZeTime has since pursued its crowdfunding journey on a variety of international and local platforms including Indiegogo, Makuaké in Japan, Zec Zec in Taïwan, Wadiz in Korea and on the leading chinese e-commerce website JD.com. MyKronoz has now confirmed that it raised more than US$8m in less than a year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 March 2018

Savvius targets channel expansion in EMEA

Savvius aims to sets the standard for real-time, actionable network visibility with software and appliance offerings relied on by leading enterprises around the globe. Savvius solutions provide insight with real-time views of network performance and rapid resolution of performance problems. Savvius plans to accelerate its channel expansion across EMEA, reinforcing its commitment to 100% indirect sales. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 20 March 2018

D-Link unveils new smart plug

D-Link has unveiled the DSP-W115 Smart Plug, along with the new mydlink app, which enables home automation functions through integration with popular smart home platforms Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Paul Routledge, D-Link UK and Ireland country manager, said: “Over the past year we’ve seen consumers grow more comfortable with utilising smart home devices via Amazon Alexa and Google Home, and we anticipate seeing this accelerate throughout 2018.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 March 2018

Exclusive Group sales climb 38% in 2017

VAD outfit Exclusive Group has announced its best financial results to date. The company claims that the results establish it as one of the largest cyber and cloud transformation distributors in the world. Total sales in 2017 climbed 38% year-on-year to hit US$2.16 billion. Exclusive Group claims that it is now ‘the go-to VAD for cyber and cloud migration on a global scale’. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tech Data recruits Deklerck for SVP role

Distribution colossus Tech Data has recruited Dominique Deklerck as senior VP for Benelux, Iberia and Italy. Deklerck is an IT distribution industry veteran, having served for more than 25 years at rival distributor Ingram Micro, where he held a number of senior leadership roles including executive managing director, Belux, Italy, and Brazil; VP and deputy managing director, China; VP, business development, Singapore; and, most recently, in a global role as VP operations performance. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 March 2018

INTERVIEW: Marco Andresen, Lenovo

Vendor giant Lenovo remains strongly committed to indirect channels as it pursues its three-wave strategy to lead in core business areas, grow in key segments and invest in emerging technologies. With its new Engage partner programme up and running, Lenovo wants to simplify how it works with channel partners across EMEA. Last month at CES, Channel EMEA caught up with Marco Andresen, EMEA COO, VP EMEA Channel at Lenovo, to get the inside track on the vendor’s regional channel priorities and objectives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 February 2018

ALSO establishes transformation team

Distribution giant ALSO has established an interdisciplinary transformation executive team (TET). The new TET team will drive forward ALSO’s transformation into an end-to-end solutions provider, according to the distributor. The 12-member TET, which consists of digital natives and experienced employees between the ages of 31 and 55, is to play an active role in shaping the company’s digitalisation, optimising business structures and developing new business models. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 February 2018

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