August 20, 2017

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INTERVIEW: Dikran Tchablakian, Tecbuy

If wisdom comes from experience, then it is little wonder that Dikran Tchablakian can offer deep insight into the trends impacting consumer tech retail in the Middle East. Tchablakian was awarded the Retail Executive of the Decade honour in 2016 by DISTREE Middle East, in recognition of his achievements and position within the retail channel. With vast experience across the region, spanning physical retail and e-tail with CompuMe, Tecbuy and now also letstango.com, Tchablakian’s views on the structural dynamics of the Middle East retail channel are more important than ever as we enter a period of accelerated change. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 August 2017

DISTREE Middle East 2018 consumer tech channel event scheduled for April 22-24 in UAE

DISTREE Middle East 2018 will take place on April 22-24th in the 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, Wednesday 2 August 2017

iBRIT strikes Saudi Arabian partnership

Smartphone brand iBRIT has signed a strategic partnership and distribution deal in Saudi Arabia. Haitham Kalakash, CEO of iBRIT, has confirmed that iBRIT is working with distributor Etihad Specialized Trading (EST) in the Kingdom. EST is a subsidiary of the Assr Aljawal Group, which has been operating since 2005. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 August 2017

Ingram Micro named Red Hat training reseller in UAE

Ingram Micro Training MEA, a provider of instructor-led technical training, is partnering with Red Hat as a Red Hat training reseller for the UAE. With this partnership, Ingram Micro is now authorised to resell Red Hat Training services, including open enrolment courses, on-site courses and Red Hat’s complete online delivery portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 July 2017

Majid Al Futtaim bags Geant

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, recently acquired Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as 4 Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International. As part of the Majid Al Futtaim retail offering, Carrefour currently operates over 160 stores in 15 markets across the MENA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 July 2017

Amazon completes Souq.com acquisition

E-commerce giant Amazon has confirmed the official completion of the acquisition of Souq.com. As the first step of integration, customers can now log on to Souq.com using their Amazon credentials. Souq.com claims that by becoming part of Amazon it can bring even more products and services to customers in the region and further expand ‘Fulfilled by Souq’ to empower sellers. "It is an exhilarating time for the e-commerce industry in the region,” said Souq.com CEO and co-founder Ronaldo Mouchawar. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 3 July 2017

Ingram Micro adds GFI Software rights in MEA

Distributor Ingram Micro has signed a Middle East and Africa (MEA) distribution deal with secutity and communications software provider GFI Software. Building on its existing relationship with GFI Software in Turkey and Australia, this new agreement will allow Ingram Micro to distribute GFI’s complete range of IT solutions to channel partners in 17 additional countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 June 2017

Aptec gets strategic with Dell EMC in Middle East

Distributor Aptec, part of Ingram Micro, has been selected as a strategic distribution partner by Dell EMC across the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen. The expanded relationship builds on Aptec’s current partnership with Dell EMC and further strengthens Ingram Micro’s relationship with one of the world’s largest IT solution providers. As a leading VAD in the Middle East, Aptec now offers access to Dell EMC’s full portfolio of products, including advanced cloud IT infrastructure, converged systems, server and storage solutions, plus client systems. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 June 2017

E-tailer letstango.com revamps website

UAE-based e-tailer letstango.com is making a multimillion dollar investment to revamp its website, shifting to a new platform and a new design that will make browsing easier for online shoppers. Letstango.com is a member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and is now in its fourth year of operation. The company was named e-tailer of the year at the recent Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards held in Dubai in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 17 May 2017

Winners of MERA Initiative and Icon Awards announced at DISTREE Middle East

The 10th annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. The MERA Awards included a series of initiative categories, with retailers, distributors and vendors submitting detailed application packs that were assessed by a VIP Jury. There was also an individual award for a retail executive – chosen by the VIP Jury – who has played a pivotal role in driving the growth and evolution of the consumer tech retail channel in the Middle East. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

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