November 23, 2017

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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

DISTREE Diamond Award winners selected by Middle East’s consumer tech retailers and e-tailers

The 3rd annual Middle East DISTREE Diamond Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. During the event, senior executives from consumer tech retailers and e-tailers were asked to assess all exhibitors on a range of factors including product portfolio, product roadmap, channel programme, business potential, go-to-market strategy, presentations and the quality of meetings and interaction at DISTREE Middle East 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Leading Middle East consumer tech distributors and retailers recognised at 10th annual MERA Awards

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 awards recognised outstanding performance in the market, with categories covering distributors, retailers, e-tailers and online marketplaces. Stuart Wilson, organiser of the MERA Awards, stated: “We congratulate all winners on their achievement. The winners in each category were determined using continuous channel feedback from the last 12 months, plus input from a VIP Jury.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 15 May 2017

DISTREE Middle East completes successful three-day consumer tech channel event in Dubai

DISTREE Middle East took place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. This week’s event gathered more than 200 senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors held thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 May 2017

DISTREE Middle East 2017 unites regional consumer technology channel

DISTREE Middle East takes place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. This week’s event gathers more than 200 senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors will hold thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 8 May 2017

INTERVIEW: Anthony Chow, igloohome

Smart home products will be displayed at this week’s DISTREE Middle East in Dubai. With hundreds of retail buyers confirmed to attend, the channel event can open a wealth of new business opportunities for vendors looking to expand in the Middle East. Smart lock solutions vendor igloohome is a confirmed exhibitor for the event. Channel EMEA caught up with Anthony Chow, CEO at igloohome, to get the inside track on the company’s plans. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 6 May 2017

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