August 1, 2015

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Retail confidence dips in Middle East as 2009 ends

Retail confidence in the Middle East IT and consumer electronics channel dipped sharply towards the end of calendar 2009. The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) for working month November 2009 showed the overall retail confidence index falling to 6.13. Drilling deeper into the results, the decline was triggered by a sharp decline in vendor scores, indicating a more pessimistic outlook on the market prospects for the first quarter of 2010. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 7 January 2010

Adobe organises channel event in Jordan

Software vendor Adobe Middle East organised an event for its channel partners in Jordan. The meeting, which took place at the Dead Sea, offered product updates and insights including an overview of the benefits of Adobe’s channel programmes in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 4 January 2010

Wilk eyes Western Europe

Polish company Wilk Elektronik is poised to continue its international channel expansion in 2010. Wilk, which specialises in the production and distribution of memory products, sells products under the Goodram and Gooddrive brands. The company will attend DISTREE XXL 2010 in Monaco in February with an eye on potential new distribution deals that will allow Wilk to crack the major markets of Western Europe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 December 2009

Track bags Cisco rights in Saudi Arabia

Track Distribution Middle East, the Aptec-owned entity created from global giant Tech Data’s offloaded Middle East enterprise and components business, has been appointed as an authorised Cisco distributor in Saudi Arabia. Track already holds Cisco distribution rights in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 December 2009

Juniper confirms Redington deal

Juniper Networks has confirmed the appointment of Redington Gulf as a Middle East VAD partner. Under the terms of the deal, Redington will distribute Juniper’s entire portfolio of networking and security products across the region. The distribution deal will also cover most of Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 21 December 2009

Riverbed names MEA channel manager

Riverbed Technology has appointed Brian Dainton as channel account manager for the MEA region. Riverbed, which offers IT infrastructure performance solutions for networks, applications and storage, hopes that Dainton can further develop the vendor’s routes-to-market and reseller network across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 17 December 2009

Comdasys signs FVC distribution deal

Mobile unified communications solutions provider Comdasys has appointed FVC as a VAD partner in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the terms of the deal FVC will distribute Comdasys’ products across the region. FVC has offices in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 15 December 2009

‘Business as usual’ insists Aptec boss

Ali Baghdadi, CEO and president at Dubai-based Aptec Group, insists that it is ‘business as usual’ at the Middle East distributor. Baghdadi, writing on Aptec’s facebook page, plays down the impact of the Dubai World debt situation and claims that Aptec sales are up 15% year-on-year in 2009. Last year, a majority stake in Aptec was sold to DIFC Investments - an entity conceived and controlled by the Government of Dubai. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 14 December 2009

Belkin boosts MEA retail team

Networking and accessories vendor Belkin has strengthened its Middle East and Africa team, appointing Andrew Pepperell as account manager for the region. In his new role Pepperell will work closely with Belkin’s distribution partners and will focus on further developing Belkin’s retail presence across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 December 2009

Aptec announces Symantec seminar in Kuwait

Middle East distributor Aptec will host a Symantec seminar in Kuwait on December 15th. The event will focus on Symantec’s back-up and recovery solutions for small businesses. Aptec will be joined by Symantec representatives at the seminar, which will include the announcement of new partner incentives. Attendees will also receive 10,000 Air Miles from Symantec. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 December 2009

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