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Logicom lands Belkin rights

Networking and accessories vendor Belkin has bolstered its Middle East channel, striking a new distribution agreement with Logicom. Belkin reckons that its new partner will enable it to strengthen its presence in the region. Logicom, which is quoted on the Cyprus stock exchange, will push the full portfolio of Belkin products in multiple countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon and Jordan. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 3 September 2010

Netgear signs NIT as Middle East VAR

Networking vendor Netgear has signed up Network Information Technology (NIT) as its newest VAR partner in the Middle East. NIT will resell Netgear’s product portfolio across the region, helping the vendor to expand its channel reach. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 24 August 2010

Summer slowdown hits Middle East retail channel

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) for July 2010 has laid bare the impact of the summer slowdown on trade levels. The MMR canvasses the opinion of IT and consumer electronics retailers and vendors across the Middle East. For July 2010, the MMR Sales Index fell to 5.21 – its second lowest level since the launch of the MMR in June 2009. The retailer Confidence Index plunged to a new record low of 4.46. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 August 2010

Empa eyes enterprise channel

Middle East and North Africa distributor Empa has launched an enterprise solutions business unit. The move forms part of the distributor’s long-term plan to diversify away from its core components business and open up new areas. The enterprise business unit will focus on security solutions. Empa reckons that it has already identified a couple of vendors that would fit well with the ambitions of its new enterprise-focused arm. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 August 2010

Jarir Bookstore posts second quarter figures

Saudi Arabian retail giant Jarir Bookstore posted sales of US$179.2m for the quarter ending June 2010 - up 17.3% year-on-year. Jarir’s net profits for the quarter climbed 3.2% from a year earlier to hit US$20.2m. Jarir’s first half sales for 2010 were up 18.8% year-on-year at US$391.3m with net profits for the six months ending June totaling US$51.8m. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 August 2010

Packard Bell signs Distinet in Lebanon

PC vendor Packard Bell, which is part of the Acer group, has signed its first distribution partner in Lebanon. Packard Bell has signed up Distinet, part of the TeleTrade group, to push its products in Lebanon. TeleTrade was established in 1983 and now employs some 150 staff across its various subsidiaries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 August 2010

20:20 Mobile extends Doro deal

Mobiles and accessories distribution outfit 20:20 Mobile has struck an extended distribution deal with consumer electronics vendor Doro. Mobiles and accessories distribution outfit 20:20 Mobile has struck an extended distribution deal with consumer electronics vendor Doro. 20:20 Mobile will distribute Doro’s range of easy-to-use mobile phones across the UK, Europe and Middle East. . Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 August 2010

CGC reveals Nokia volumes in Qatar

Consolidated Gulf Company (CGC), Nokia distributor and retailer in Qatar, has revealed that it is selling approximately 100,000 devices from the mobile vendor each month. CGC disclosed the figure during its recent annual partner meeting held in Doha. CGC also announced that it would reward its top 30 best performing partners with a trip to Thailand. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 August 2010

Thomas lands new gig at Toshiba

Binu Thomas has landed a new role at Toshiba’s computer systems division. Thomas has been appointed head of sales for the Middle East and Levant region. In his new role, Thomas is responsible for developing product strategies and planning for each market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 August 2010

Canon teams with Sharaf DG for DSLR zone

Canon Middle East has teamed up with Sharaf DG to open what it claims is the Middle East’s largest digital SLR (DSLR) product zone at the retailer’s flagship Times Square Mall outlet in Dubai. The permanent stand is aimed at the growing number of consumers looking to upgrade from digital still cameras (DSCs) to (DSLR) products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 August 2010

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