October 19, 2018

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Tech Data UK extends HP Pavilion range

Distributor Tech Data has extended its long-standing partnership with HP to make the vendor’s full range of Pavilion-branded systems – including 2-in-1 devices, notebooks and convertibles, all-in-ones and desktops - available to UK retailers and resellers. The agreement makes it easier for all retailers – and independent buyers in particular – to take advantage of the comprehensive stock, delivery and credit services that Tech Data offers across the UK and Ireland, according to the distributor. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 25 September 2018

Elevation confirmed to attend DISTREE EMEA

Next year’s DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) hosted buyer consumer tech and IT channel event takes place in Monaco on February 19-22nd. Senior executives from influential distributors, retailers and e-tailers are confirming their spot at the event, keen to meet one-on-one with prospective and existing brand partners and capitalise on DISTREE EMEA’s unique event format. Dima Negodiuk, CEO at fast-growing Ukraine-based distributor Elevation, gave Channel EMEA the inside track on the company’s current activities and roadmap for future growth. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 September 2018

Ring partners with Sharaf DG

Ring has partnered with Sharaf DG, a leading technology retailer in the UAE. As part of the collaboration, Sharaf DG will promote and retail Ring’s home security products and solutions in their stores as well as at their innovative in-store Solution Bar, giving customers the opportunity to experience Ring products firsthand and learn about product features and benefits via demonstrations. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 September 2018

AB Group increases market share

Distributor AB Group claims to have increased its market share by 4% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018. The distributor, which operates in Central & Eastern Europe attributes the increase to its broad product offering, e-commerce tools and automation of logistics processes. AB has experienced rapid growth in multiple product categories including gaming and digital signage. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 September 2018

CONTEXT data highlights distribution growth

The IT channel has had a strong start to 2018 with a combined first half year-on-year growth rate in distribution of 5.1%, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. Resellers in most countries more optimistic about the coming 12 months than they were a year ago. CONTEXT’s ChannelWatch 2018 report is compiled from interviews with a representative sample of over 7,000 resellers to provide key insight into market trends and channel priorities across 14 territories: Australia, New Zealand, Baltics, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 September 2018

Dixons Carphone and GfK agree information partnership

Dixons Carphone and GfK have today announced the signing of a partnership to share physical and online sales information. Under the terms of the deal, Dixons Carphone will become part of GfK’s point of sale (POS) tracking solutions for their sectors, which underpin GfK’s prescriptive analytics around market Insights, consumer insights, marketing effectiveness and sales effectiveness. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 September 2018

Audio device sales hit US$5.23 billion in first half of 2018

Research house GfK has announced that global sales of audio devices hit US$5.23 billion in the first half of 2018 – an increase of 5% year-on-year. GfK also claims that there is still growth potential in smart devices with embedded voice assistants or high-performance features that enhance the listening experience. Revenues for headphones and headsets contributed US$2.33 billion with 59 million units sold in the first half of 2018. Europe (without CIS) and APAC accounted for more than 85% of the global headphone and headset revenues. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 September 2018

i-Life signs distribution deal in Pakistan

Fast-growing device brand i-Life has signed Muller & Phipps (M&P), a subsidiary of Techsirat, as a distribution partner in Pakistan. i-Life is one of fastest growing PC brands in the region with presence across 50 countries spanning the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, CIS, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Deepak Bhatia, i-Life’s global director for sales and marketing, said: “M&P unparalleled reach it a natural choice for Pakistan market. We are happy to partner with M&P to continue bringing world-class yet affordable products for consumers across Pakistan.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 September 2018

ELKO grows Polish sales 60%

Emerging markets distributor ELKO boosted sales in Poland 60% in the first half of 2018, compared to the previous six months. ELKO Group started operating in the Polish market in 2017, recruiting a local sales team for IT and consumer electronic goods. The rapid growth rate means that ELKO’s Polish branch is now among the top 15 largest wholesalers in the region, according to ELKO. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 6 September 2018

Thermaltake partners with SYNNEX

Hardware and peripherals brand Thermaltake has announced a partnership with distributor SYNNEX. The partnership with SYNNEX creates an opportunity to close the gap between manufacturer and community, and to provide a one-stop complete solution for Thermaltake’s case modding and e-sports brands, according to Thermaltake. SYNNEX carries more than 300 brands in its portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 6 September 2018

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