June 20, 2018

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Services core to distribution business models

Distribution in 2018 has moved a long way from pick, pack and ship of IT products, and has substantially broadened its offering with a wide range of services, claims a new report from IT Europa focusing on European distributors. The report, for the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), cites several leading distributors who have invested strongly in services, including Arrow ECS, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Westcon and Central & Eastern Europe’s AB. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

INTERVIEW: Matthias Dolejschi, Nuki Home Solutions

Smart homes need smart locks and Nuki is making a strong name for itself in this fast-growing product category. The team from Nuki Home Solutions will attend next month’s DISTREE EMEA to meet face-to-face with top distributors and retailers from across the region. Channel EMEA caught up with Matthias Dolejschi, business development manager at Nuki, to find out more about the company’s channel plans for 2018 and beyond. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

EM-Tech to debut My Theater headset

Korea-based EM-Tech will highlight a range of innovative audio products at next month’s DISTREE EMEA event in Monaco, which takes place from February 6-9th. As the region’s premier hosted buyer event for consumer tech channels, DISTREE EMEA offers brands from around the world a fast and cost-effective way to meet top distributors and retailers from 50-plus countries in one place at one time. EM-Tech’s portfolio includes Bluetooth speakers and headsets including its new My Theater product. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

Wistiki returns to DISTREE EMEA

France-based Wistiki has established a strong position in the market for trackers. Positioned as a premium tracker brand with an emphasis on high-quality design, Wistiki is releasing its latest slimline Bluetooth tracker this year, which is credit card sized and designed by Philippe Starck. Wistiki will return to regional channel event DISTREE EMEA next month as it continues to expand its European channel reach. The company successfully entered Japan, Taiwan, Mexico and the US market in 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

Tech Data appoints Murphy to replace Watt

Distribution giant Tech Data has appointed Miriam Murphy as senior VP, advanced solutions, Europe. Murphy will replace Graeme Watt who will leave Tech Data on January 31st to become CEO of UK technology reseller Softcat, a role he will take up at the beginning of April. In this role, Murphy holds regional responsibility for Tech Data’s advanced solutions go-to-market strategy, which includes products and services for data centre and next-generation technologies such as cloud, internet of things (IoT), analytics, security and associated services. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

Exertis targets UK’s growing sub-£100 mobile market

Distributor Exertis has announced an exclusive agreement to distribute the IMO brand of Android smartphones and feature phones from Verve Connect. The IMO range consists of a series of value smart and feature phones across 2, 3 and 4G. The agreement forms part of Exertis’ attempt to target the growing market for mobile phones that cost less than £100 (US$143). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 January 2018

M&A masterclass confirmed for DISTREE EMEA

Next month’s DISTREE EMEA regional consumer tech channel event will include a workshop hosted by Regent Partners focused on merger and acquisition (M&A) trends in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) space. The regional distribution channel has been shaped for decades by consolidation forces with the old channel adage of ‘get big, get niche or get out’ still relevant today. Channel EMEA caught up with Pradip Somaia, partner at Regent, to get the lowdown on the latest M&A trends. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 24 January 2018

Aukey eyes EMEA channel expansion

When hundreds of top buyers from consumer tech distributors and retailers gather for DISTREE EMEA 2018 next month, fast-growing consumer tech vendor Aukey, which now has an annual turnover in the region of US$750m, is ready to showcase its portfolio and recruit new channel partners. David Wu, sales director at Aukey, said: “We want to meet and talk to more professional executives in distribution and retail areas and our goal is to look for more partners to expand our business and penetrate the market together with our partners.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 24 January 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

INTERVIEW: Andy Seow, Signeo

Hundreds of consumer tech brands from around the world will make the trip to Monaco next month for DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2018. The region’s premier consumer tech channel hosted buyer event will give them the opportunity to meet top buyers from 50-plus countries in one place at one time. Andy Seow, business development manager at Signeo, gave Channel EMEA the lowdown on what the company hopes to achieve at the event for the brands in its portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 January 2018

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