March 21, 2019

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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

Distributors boost two-way market data flow

Distribution, while well placed to provide vendor information to channels, is increasingly offering market insights back to vendors, according to the latest research from the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC). The research looks at what vendors think about distribution’s new emerging roles, which includes expanded services going forward. Vendors also mentioned they would like to see a program for increasing trust and partnership between the various channel tiers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 30 November 2017

Javelin lands in Benelux

Javelin Networks has announced its entry in to the Benelux market through an expanded partnership with cybersecurity solution distributor Exclusive Networks. Barrie Desmond, COO at Exclusive Group, said: “Exclusive Networks chooses the most effective solutions for a dangerous world of hacks and exploits. Javelin Networks, under the Exclusive Networks family of cybersecurity solutions, will offer innovative products and services throughout Western Europe, enabling enterprises to measurably improve their stance against threats, network breaches and data loss.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 November 2017

AB posts first quarter figures

Central & Eastern European distributor AB Group has reported after-tax profits of €3m (US$3.53m) on sales of €435m (US$511.2m) for its first quarter ending 30th September 2017. This represents an after-tax margin of 0.69%. Andrzej Przybyło, president of the board at AB, said: “We are satisfied with generated quarterly results. The AB Group is a stable and predictable entity whose business model and action strategy works in any market condition.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 November 2017

Acer hits highest profit in 27 quarters

Tech vendor Acer has announced that its after-tax profits for the third quarter of 2017 hit their highest level in 27 quarters. Acer posted sales of NT$60.58 billion (US$2.01 billion) for the quarter – up 13% sequentially and 3.4% year-on-year. After tax profits hit NT$1.45 billion (US$48.2m) – up more than fivefold year-on-year. Acer claimed that the results demonstrated the company’s strong business momentum, stabilising operations and renewed profitability. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 16 November 2017

Ring signs Al Jammaz as distributor in Saudi Arabia

Smart home security solutions vendor Ring has signed Al Jammaz Distribution as a channel partner in Saudi Arabia. Ring hopes that the distribution deal will help it expand its reach across the Saudi Arabian market, offering customers Ring’s innovative home security products and solutions. Mohammad Meraj Hoda, managing director at Ring, said: “Al Jammaz has been providing technology-driven business solutions in Saudi Arabia for almost a decade and in that time, has succeeded in reaching almost 90% of the Saudi Arabian channel and distribution market.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 October 2017

Smart home market worth US$6 billion in 2017

Smart home devices are going mainstream, according to the analysts at Futuresource Consulting. Its latest report reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of US$6 billion worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. "The smart home has arrived and its impact is indisputable," said Filipe Oliveira, a market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 October 2017

Jarir opens new outlet in Kuwait

Retailer Jarir Bookstore has extended its regional network, opening a new store in Kuwait. Jarir’s now operates a network of 49 stores across the GCC with four in Kuwait. The new Kuwait store covers more than 3400 square metres and is located in Salmiya Park Boulevard. Jarir has invested just over US$5m in its latest store, which is the fourth new outlet it has opened since the beginning of 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 October 2017

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