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Jarir Bookstore opens new store in Medina

Saudi Arabian tech retail giant Jarir Bookstore recently opened a new showroom in Medina, taking its store network inside the Kingdom to 39. Jarir’s total store network now numbers 47, including its outlets outside of Saudi Arabia. The new Medina showroom on King Abdullah Road spans more than 4000 square metres. Jarir Bookstore invested more than US$16m in its latest outlet. More than 60% of the staff employed at the new store are Saudi Arabian. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 6 March 2017

Mobile growth continues in MEA markets

Research company Counterpoint reckons that mobile handset shipments in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region were up 16% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2016. Smartphones represented 80% of the handset shipments in the region. The MEA region accounted for 14% of total global shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016. In comparison, China and India combined accounted for 37% of global handset shipments, according to Counterpoint. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 6 March 2017

ALSO teams with Intcomex for Latin America cloud push

Distributors ALSO and Intcomex have formed a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) partnership for the ALSO cloud marketplace to serve Latin America and the Caribbean. The two companies are joining forces to make the ALSO cloud marketplace platform-as-a-service (PaaS) available to more than 50,000 Intcomex channel partners in 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, with plans to expand further in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 2 March 2017

Tech Data appoints Zammit as European boss

Distribution giant Tech Data has appointed Patrick Zammit as president, Tech Data Europe. Zammit will report into Tech Data’s executive VP and COO, Rich Hume. Zammit was formerly global president, Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS), prior to the acquisition by Tech Data. He previously led Avnet’s Electronics Marketing (EM) EMEA components business and held leadership roles across finance, operations and strategic planning at Avnet. Prior to joining Avnet, he was with Arthur Andersen. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 2 March 2017

CMS Distribution launches in Spain

CMS Distribution has announced the expansion of its European market presence, opening a new office in Madrid, Spain. The expansion strengthens CMS Distribution’s position as a European distributor capable of successfully launching and growing new and existing vendors within key markets including the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Scandinavia and now Spain. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 1 March 2017

Tech Data wins big at ECA 2017 distributor awards

The ‘EMEA Channel Academy (ECA): 2017 Awards’ were held in conjunction with last week’s regional channel event DISTREE EMEA 2017. These included a series of 11 awards for consumer technology distributors, with the winners announced during DISTREE EMEA, which took place in Monaco. A total of seven distributors received awards with a dominant Tech Data winning in five regions, and ABC Data, Asbis, EET Group, Merlion, Microline and Mitsumi winning one each. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 February 2017

Arrow named strategic global distributor for Dell EMC

VAD outfit Arrow Electronics has been named to the list of key global distribution partners for Dell EMC’s new integrated partner programme. “The Dell EMC program offers Arrow’s global IT reseller ecosystem great opportunities to deliver enhanced customer value and increased profitability,” said Sean Kerins, president of Arrow’s global enterprise computing solutions business. “Arrow is proud to collaborate with Dell EMC on this new channel programme, which combines the best of the legacy Dell and EMC partner programmes.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 February 2017

Dimension Data hands Ritchie UK role

Dimension Data, a global solutions and services provider with annual sales of US$7.5 billion, has appointed Andy Ritchie as UK & Ireland sales director. This latest senior appointment signals a clear strategic intent for significant growth for Dimension Data in the UK and Ireland, according to the company. Prior to joining Dimension Data, Ritchie was head of global sales for BT at Cisco. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 February 2017

DISTREE EMEA 2017 begins in Monaco

The 15th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech regional channel event started yesterday in Monaco. More than 120 consumer tech brands are exhibiting at this year’s event, holding pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading distributors and channel partners. DISTREE EMEA 2017, which takes place at the Grimaldi Forum, running from February 21st to 24th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 February 2017

Urban Factory targets new international channels

Multicategory consumer tech brand Urban Factory is exhibiting at this week’s DISTREE EMEA event in Monaco to further accelerate its international channel development plans. Thierry Zeitoun, president at Urban Factory, explained: “DISTREE EMEA is an event where meet many channel professionals from many countries. This year we are focused on increasing the international availability of our products and DISTREE EMEA is an opportunity for us to make our brand known to channel partners from other countries.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 21 February 2017

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