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Kingston appoints Brightstar in India

Memory products vendor Kingston Technology has appointed Brightstar Telecommunication as a national distributor for its flash business in India. Kingston hopes that the agreement will allow it to reinforce its current footprint in India and expand into new market segments. Brightstar has a customer base of more than 5000 channel partners in India. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 June 2017

Bowers & Wilkins sets up Australian subsidiary

UK-based audio brand Bowers & Wilkins is entering the Australian market. The company has set up a dedicated Australian subsidiary to start marketing and distributing its products from the start of August. Lars Hundborg, Bowers & Wilkins CEO for Asia Pacific, said: “Australia is a key strategic market for Bowers & Wilkins and so we determined that the best way to service the Australian consumer and support our existing dealers would be to establish direct operations in the country.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 June 2017

DISTREE APAC launches second annual Asia-Pacific Consumer Tech Channel Survey

DISTREE (Asia Pacific) APAC has started collecting responses for its 2017 regional consumer tech channel survey. Reaching out to thousands of senior executives from consumer tech distributors, retailers and e-tailers across the region, the survey explores sales performance, business confidence, financial trends and attitudes towards product categories. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 June 2017

EET Europarts buys French distributor Heimdal

EET Europarts has acquired French POS distributor Heimdal Distribution. Heimdal is a focused Zebra distributor and specialised in equipment dedicated to mobile automatic identification and logistics. John Thomas, group CEO at EET Group, said: "Acquisitions are an important part of our overall growth strategy, and a contributing factor to our successful growth of the POS and auto-ID business. During the last couple of years, we have grown the business substantially, both organic as well as through acquisitions.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 27 June 2017

Harvey Norman expands in East Malaysia

Asia Pacific tech retailer Harvey Norman is expanding in East Malaysia, opening an anchor store at the Vivacity Megamall in Kuching. Harvey Norman becomes the fourth anchor tenant in the mall and its new outlet will span almost 47000 square feet. The move to open a store in East Malaysia forms part of the retailer’s omnichannel strategy. Harvey Norman Malaysia has been handling more than 10000 online transactions from customers in East Malaysia, even though the company did not have a physical retail presence in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 27 June 2017

Courts names new CEO in Indonesia

Singapore-based tech retailer Courts has appointed a new boss for its operation in Indonesia. Joseph Greenway has been named as the new country CEO. Greenway rejoins Courts after two years as COO of Fantastic Furniture in Australia. Prior to that, Greenway spent 15 years at Courts in a variety of executive roles in Singapore and Malaysia. The appointment comes after Roy Santoso resigned from his role as Indonesia country CEO at Courts to pursue other career opportunities. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 June 2017

PocketBook targets APAC expansion

PocketBook has confirmed its participation at DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) 2017. Pocketbook offers OEM and ODM business solutions for e-reading including devices, reading apps, cloud platforms for partners, plus full technical and service support. DISTREE APAC 2017, which takes place in Singapore on November 8-10th, will give the Pocketbook team the chance to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with APAC’s leading distributors, plus senior executives from some of the region’s top retailers and e-tailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 June 2017

Challenger touts Hachi.tech potential

Singapore-based tech retailer Challenger is optimistic on the growth potential for its online tech marketplace, Hachi.tech. The platform has made solid progress in its first year and the company is looking to expand the range of products available, improve the user experience and offer faster fulfilment options. Challenger also opened the doors to its much-awaited new flagship store in Singapore on May 1st. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 June 2017

GfK upbeat on APAC consumer tech demand

Research firm GfK has identified strong growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) consumer technology market in the past year, driven by the growth and development of categories such as action cameras and wearables. GfK is a confirmed Event Partner for regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE APAC 2017, which takes place in Singapore on November 8-10th. GfK will deliver a keynote speech and a series of workshops focused on the latest APAC market trends. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 June 2017

Aptec gets strategic with Dell EMC in Middle East

Distributor Aptec, part of Ingram Micro, has been selected as a strategic distribution partner by Dell EMC across the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Yemen. The expanded relationship builds on Aptec’s current partnership with Dell EMC and further strengthens Ingram Micro’s relationship with one of the world’s largest IT solution providers. As a leading VAD in the Middle East, Aptec now offers access to Dell EMC’s full portfolio of products, including advanced cloud IT infrastructure, converged systems, server and storage solutions, plus client systems. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 June 2017

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