June 29, 2017

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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

GameSeek picks Mirakl for marketplace push

Online marketplace management platform provider Mirakl has announced that UK online store, GameSeek, has chosen its business-to-consumer (B2C) marketplace platform. The new platform is part of GameSeek’s aim to build the biggest and best consumer marketplace for gaming, electronics, books, clothing, toys and gadgets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 22 May 2017

InnJoo scores with Espanyol sponsorship

Fast-growing smartphone brand InnJoo has agreed to sponsor Spanish football club RCD Espanyol de Barcelona. InnJoo’s logo is displayed on the back of the first team’s shirt. Dubai-based InnJoo was established in 2014 and since then has seen its products purchased by millions of consumers across 30 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria, Spain, Portugal and Italy among others. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 22 May 2017

Yug Contract adds Ubtech rights in Ukraine

Distributor Yug Contract has become an exclusive distributor for Ubtech Robotics programmable robots in Ukraine. Yug Contract is one of the largest national distributors in Ukraine, with a portfolio of more than 20000 items of IT, digital products, consumer electronics, mobile communication devices, domestic appliances and cookware. The company represents more than 70 brands. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 22 May 2017

Marvel signs HMD Global deal for Nokia devices

Russian distributor Marvel has struck a distribution deal with HMD Global, the Finland-based company supplying smartphones under the Nokia brand name. Aleksey Zenkov, general manager of HMD Global in Russia, said: “We are very pleased to cooperate with a large distributor such as Marvel in Russia.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 May 2017

Positronica maintains Russian growth rates

Russian consumer tech and electronics retail franchise Positronica ended the first quarter of 2017 with 169 trading points. The Positronica chain, which has been developed by Russian distribution giant Merlion, added 16 new stores to its network in 2016, plus 26 additional points of presence for processing and picking up internet orders. Positronica’s sales in 2016 hit RUB10 billion (US$175m). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 May 2017

ELKO Group unveils new brand identity

Emerging markets distributor ELKO Group has whipped the covers off a new brand identity. Svens Dinsdorfs, CEO at ELKO Group, said: “The necessity to empower the exchange of knowledge and technology has become crucial. In both directions: from manufacturers to partners, and from the market back to the manufacturers. We believe that our future success as a company depends on the learning process of our team and the ability to effectively transfer knowledge along the supply chain.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 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

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