December 16, 2018

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Yandex.Market confirmed to deliver GameChanger keynote at DISTREE Russia 2018

DISTREE Russia has confirmed that Yandex.Market will deliver a GameChanger keynote presentation at this year’s 15th anniversary event, which takes place in Moscow on May 30th to June 1st, 2018. The new GameChangers session is designed to update vendor and channel delegates on the major technology trends and new business models that will drive the evolution of channel ecosystems within Russia. Evgeniy Schepelin, Business Development Director at Yandex.Market, will deliver the presentation. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 April 2018

MyKronoz crowdfunds US$8m for ZeTime in less than a year

Innovative smartwatch brand MyKronoz has announced record-breaking crowdfunding results for ZeTime, its hybrid smartwatch. After a 35-day Kickstarter campaign launched in March 2017, ZeTime has since pursued its crowdfunding journey on a variety of international and local platforms including Indiegogo, Makuaké in Japan, Zec Zec in Taïwan, Wadiz in Korea and on the leading chinese e-commerce website JD.com. MyKronoz has now confirmed that it raised more than US$8m in less than a year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 March 2018

Middle East tech retail channel feels VAT impact

The Middle East consumer tech retail channel has experienced a rollercoaster during the last few months, mainly due to the introduction of 5% VAT in the UAE and Saudi Arabia on the 1st January 2018. Sales in December 2017 were buoyant with many consumers choosing to purchase big-ticket items prior to the implementation. This sales boom then gave way to a sharp sales drop-off in January 2018, according to market reports and analyst insights. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 March 2018

Avaya appoints Jones to UK role

Avaya has appointed Mark Jones as regional sales lead for Avaya UK South, where he will work closely with customers and partners to drive adoption of Avaya’s innovative communications and collaboration solutions. Jones first joined Avaya in 2011 and held senior roles within the channel and the commercial enterprise high-touch teams where he led direct sales relationships for enterprise clients, before leaving for Mitel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 8 March 2018

AB Group sales climb in fourth quarter of 2017

Central & Eastern Europe distribution giant AB Group saw sales climb 8.5% year-on-year for the quarter ending December 31st, 2017 to hit US$813m. During the traditionally busy fourth quarter AB Group benefitted from the increased business efficiency of its new modern automated distribution centre in Manic, Poland. AB has experienced dynamic growth in cloud, gaming, digital signage and its value-added distribution (VAD) business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 5 March 2018

Archos launches cryptocurrency hardware wallet

Archos will offer cryptocurrency enthusiasts a hardware wallet to secure their bitcoins and other currencies, to ensure cold storage of private keys and to prevent hacking attempts. The Archos Safe-T mini will be available starting June 2018, at €49.99 (US$61.53). The Archos Safe-T mini is the first development of the Archos research and development team in this field. The team provided its expertise in securing cold storage data, and in designing and developing the Archos Safe-T mini. To ensure the process traceability, the device will be manufactured in France. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 February 2018

DISTREE EMEA 2018 concludes in Monaco

The 16th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech regional channel event finished last Friday in Monaco. Hundreds of tech brands were represented at this year’s event, holding pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading distributors, retailers and channel partners. DISTREE EMEA 2018 took place at the Fairmont Hotel, running from February 6th to 9th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 February 2018

DISTREE Events channel survey identifies Gaming, Smart Home and Lifestyle Tech as top growth categories for 2018

DISTREE Events has announced preliminary findings from its annual Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech distributor survey. The in-depth survey was completed by more than 100 distributors between December 4th 2017 and 9th January 2018. Distributors were asked to assess which product categories represented the best growth potential for their business in calendar 2018. The standout category was Gaming, with 54% of distributors identifying it as a top three product segment for sales growth potential in 2018. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 February 2018

Ten top tech products to look out for at DISTREE EMEA 2018

DISTREE Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will gather together senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading distributors, retailers and e-tailers. During the event, which takes place from February 6-9th 2018 in Monaco, hundreds of consumer technology brands will showcase their latest products, meet current partners, look to secure orders and sign new channel partners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 23 January 2018

From sex tech to induction chargers

The market for Qi-induction chargers is expecting rapid growth in 2018. New brand ChargeSky will leverage its presence at next month’s DISTREE EMEA to showcase its new induction charging solutions to top buyers from distributors and retailers from 50-plus countries. The ChargeSky brand has been developed by the team behind sex tech brand MysteryVibe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 January 2018

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