December 13, 2017

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Russian market exceeds US$5.64 billion in first quarter

Research house GfK’s most recent TEMAX analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Russia indicates that the total market value hit US$5.64 billion in the first quarter of 2017. Sales in the telecoms segment climbed 9.7% year-on-year in local currency terms to hit US$1.7 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 May 2017

Cloud services redefine distributor role in Europe

Distributors are changing rapidly and - especially in Europe - are finding a new role as a provider of cloud services, e-commerce, specialist logistics and support for the channel during its transition to new revenue models. That’s the main takeaway from a report carried out for the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) by research house IT Europa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 22 May 2017

Thunderobot arrives in Europe

Asia-based gaming laptop brand Thunderobot hopes to make its mark in Europe. The company is introducing the ST-PLUS laptop, its best-selling international product, in European markets. Carlos Patón, product manager in Europe for Thunderobot, said: “Our product is designed in detail by gamers for gamers, players who know very well what they need in terms of hardware and accessories. Born for gaming, born for gamers - this is our DNA.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 May 2017

Online marketplaces drive Russian e-commerce growth

According to AKIT, the association of Russian e-commerce companies, online sales in Russia grew 15% year-on-year in calendar 2016 to hit RUB850 billion (US$14.9 billion). The research firm claims that online still only accounts for 4% of domestic retail in Russia. In comparison, online accounts for 12% of the UK market. AKIT believes that the e-commerce market in Russia has huge potential for further growth, which could be driven by the entry of large international players. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 May 2017

AliExpress eyes Russian e-commerce potential

Online marketplace AliExpress has identified Russia as a market of significant growth potential, comparing the current levels of e-commerce development to the situation in China several years ago. The current situation with sanctions is also encouraging more brands from China, ASEAN and India to look at the opportunity to build channels in Russia. Chris Devonshire-Ellis of professional services firm Dezan Shira & Associates, stated: “AliExpress’s experience is really taking up the loose reins that the EU left dangling when they imposed sanctions on Russia. Europe will find they have no business opportunities to go back to in Russia once the sanctions are lifted.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 May 2017

CACTUS confirmed for DISTREE Russia 2017

CACTUS is a fast-growing brand that aims to set new standards for market-compatible printing consumables and accessories. CACTUS is participating at DISTREE Russia 2017, giving the company the opportunity to meet buyers and senior executives from the country’s top distributors, resellers and retailers. Roman Samoylov CEO at CACTUS, said: “We first participated in DISTREE Russia back in 2015 and the experience has been highly successful Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 18 May 2017

Winners of MERA Initiative and Icon Awards announced at DISTREE Middle East

The 10th annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. The MERA Awards included a series of initiative categories, with retailers, distributors and vendors submitting detailed application packs that were assessed by a VIP Jury. There was also an individual award for a retail executive – chosen by the VIP Jury – who has played a pivotal role in driving the growth and evolution of the consumer tech retail channel in the Middle East. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

DISTREE Diamond Award winners selected by Middle East’s consumer tech retailers and e-tailers

The 3rd annual Middle East DISTREE Diamond Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. During the event, senior executives from consumer tech retailers and e-tailers were asked to assess all exhibitors on a range of factors including product portfolio, product roadmap, channel programme, business potential, go-to-market strategy, presentations and the quality of meetings and interaction at DISTREE Middle East 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 May 2017

Leading Middle East consumer tech distributors and retailers recognised at 10th annual MERA Awards

The 10th annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards took place on May 9th in Dubai, in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE Middle East 2017. The awards recognised outstanding performance in the market, with categories covering distributors, retailers, e-tailers and online marketplaces. Stuart Wilson, organiser of the MERA Awards, stated: “We congratulate all winners on their achievement. The winners in each category were determined using continuous channel feedback from the last 12 months, plus input from a VIP Jury.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 15 May 2017

DISTREE Middle East completes successful three-day consumer tech channel event in Dubai

DISTREE Middle East took place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. This week’s event gathered more than 200 senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors held thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 May 2017

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