November 23, 2017

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Jumia partners with Posta Kenya

Online marketplace Jumia has partnered with Posta Kenya to allow its customers to pick up items they purchase on the website from post offices across the country. Parinaz Firozi managing director at Jumia Kenya, said: “We are delighted that our customers can now pick up items they order on Jumia from selected post offices across the country; this is a new direction in providing a stress-free, safe and convenient shopping experience.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 22 June 2015

DISTREE Africa 2015 unites regional channel community

The 2nd annual DISTREE Africa created new channel business opportunities for participating technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands. The event gathered more than 310 industry delegates. During the three-day event, hundreds of one-on-one meetings took place between delegates with many new distribution and retail deals agreed on site. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 12 June 2015

African DISTREE Diamond Award winners announced

DISTREE Events launched a new series of exhibitor awards in 2015. The DISTREE Diamond Awards series continued in Nairobi on Thursday June 11th, forming part of the 2nd annual DISTREE Africa retail channel event. The recipients of DISTREE Diamond Awards were determined using on-site live voting feedback from retailers and e-tailers participating in the event. Brother and Huawei picked up two awards each with AMD, Ctroniq, Linksys, Logicom, Mitsumi, Panzerglass and Quantum winning one each. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 12 June 2015

Quantum to sign Slot in Nigeria

Mobile device brand Quantum is poised to expand its distribution reach into Nigeria. After a successful meeting at DISTREE Africa, Quantum has struck a verbal agreement to appoint Slot as a distributor and retail partner in Nigeria. This week’s DISTREE Africa allows technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands to meet senior executives and top buyers from the continent’s most influential channel partners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 June 2015

PC World Kenya urges vendors to change approach

Bobby Gadhia, CEO at retailer PC World in Kenya, has urged technology vendors to change the way they approach African markets. Speaking during a panel discussion at DISTREE Africa, Gadhia said: “Most vendors are hungry for business in Africa, but the most important thing now is for them to shift from a product and price approach and to start building real channel relationships in the region. Copy and paste strategies that work elsewhere may not work here, so a great deal of localisation is needed.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 June 2015

Acer outlines African channel priorities

Leading vendors outlined their priorities for African channels during a panel discussion at this week’s DISTREE Africa event in Nairobi. Rajesh Mohan, Country Sales and Distribution Manager for West, East and Central Africa (WECA) at Acer, said: “We have several priorities in Africa including reducing the weeks of consumer inventory that are held in the channel, which will help our partners. We also want to put some real focus on developing Acer’s commercial channels in Africa.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 June 2015

Lenovo plans new structure for Southern Africa

Lenovo plans to change the way it manages markets in Southern Africa from next month. Responding to a question during a panel discussion at DISTREE Africa, David Caleb, senior manager West, East & Central Africa (WECA) at Lenovo Africa, commented: “From next month Southern Africa will be treated as a separate region on its own by Lenovo - separate from South Africa.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 June 2015

Ricoh eyes expansion in fast-growing African markets

Ricoh, a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services is participating at DISTREE Africa 2015, which runs from 10th to 12th June. The company is keen to expand its business in Africa and is looking to ramp up partnerships with established resellers in the region. As part of its international growth strategy Ricoh ITDC has expanded into Belarus and CIS region, Czech Republic, Slovakia, North Africa, as well as the Middle East and Gulf region in the last twelve months. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 June 2015

DISTREE Africa reveals line-up for vendor panel

DISTREE Africa gets underway today with a packed agenda of conference sessions and one-on-one meetings. The opening day of the technology and consumer electronics (CE) channel event includes a vendor panel discussion focused on the latest market trends shaping African markets. The vendor panel discussion begins at 14:50 today and includes representatives from Acer, Huawei, Lenovo, Linksys, Quantum and Ricoh. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 June 2015

DISTREE Africa 2015 opens with 270-plus senior executives confirmed to attend

The 2nd annual DISTREE Africa begins today with more than 270 delegates registered to attend the three-day event. DISTREE Africa runs from June 10th to 12th in Nairobi, Kenya. DISTREE Africa gives technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands and distributors a unique opportunity to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives from the region’s most influential retailers and e-tailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 June 2015

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