June 27, 2019

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INTERVIEW: RK Han, Sangean Europe

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019 offers a unique channel development platform for consumer tech, consumer electronics and IT brands. Retailers and distributors from across the region will gather in Monaco next month from 19th to 22nd February for the 17th annual DISTREE EMEA. Exhibitors from around the world will hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior channel executives at the event. Channel EMEA caught up with RK Han, general manager of Sangean Europe – a radio manufacturer and confirmed exhibitor at DISTREE EMEA - to learn more about the company’s regional ambitions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 14 January 2019

’Market ready’ Kevin to debut at DISTREE EMEA

Building strong channels remains vital for new brands and new gadgets looking to build sustainable long-term businesses. DISTREE Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2019, gives exhibitors access to senior executives from hundreds of top channel partners from 50-plus countries. One new product looking to make its mark at next month’s event is Kevin, the first IoT device to simulate the presence of people in a room by emitting light, shadow effects, and sound. Burglars will think someone’s home, and won’t want to break in for fear of being caught. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 14 January 2019

Xtrfy ready to expand international channels

E-sports brand Xtrfy will accelerate its channel reach at DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019, which takes place in Monaco from February 19-22nd. Gathering a pre-qualified audience of senior channel executives from top distributors, retailers and e-tailers from 50-plus countries in one place at one time, DISTREE EMEA gives exhibitors the chance to quickly and efficiently grow their international channels. Exhibitors hold pre-scheduled meetings with channel executives in specific allocated time slots, using DISTREE Events’ unique hosted buyer format to maximise their channel business benefits. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 January 2019

INTERVIEW: Erling Hoff Petersen, Sandberg

The Sandberg brand has become synonymous with high quality accessories. Distributors and retailers appreciate the availability, range, simple procedures and the exceptionally low failure rate. Channel EMEA interviewed Erling Hoff Petersen, director of sales at Sandberg, about the company’s plans for 2019 and its upcoming participation at regional consumer tech channel hosted buyer event DISTREE EMEA, which takes place in Monaco from February 19-22nd. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 31 December 2018

New TacoBot stackable robot targets STEM toy market

Demand for smart educational toys continues to grow in markets across EMEA, leading to a wave of new products coming to market. Distributors, retailers and e-tailers are also starting to take note, expanding their portfolios in response. One of the latest products under development is Tacobot, an easy-to-programme robot that can play stimulating games and makes learning coding skills easy for young children. Tacobot is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Tacobot is offering what it claims is the world’s first stackable coding robot aiming to bring kids an intuitive and interesting start to STEM learning. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 12 December 2018

Smart Home, Gaming, Mobile Devices & Audio identified as top growth categories by EMEA consumer tech channel

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has released preliminary findings from its 2018 EMEA Consumer Tech Channel Survey. Smart Home, Gaming & Gaming Accessories, Mobile Devices and Audio (Headphones & Speakers) were identified as the product categories with the most growth potential in EMEA in 2019, according to this year’s survey. Hundreds of distributors, retailers and e-tailers participated in the annual DISTREE EMEA survey. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 December 2018

INTERVIEW: Michael Mühlenbruch, DICOTA

DICOTA has been the first port of call for highly functional, premium quality carrying solutions for 25 years. The company remains highly committed to its channel partners and continues to innovate its product portfolio to drive consumer demand. DICOTA has confirmed its participation at regional consumer tech and consumer electronics (CE) hosted buyer channel event DISTREE EMEA 2019, which takes place in Monaco next February. Channel EMEA, an official Media Partner for DISTREE EMEA, caught up with Michael Mühlenbruch, Chief Sales Officer at DICOTA, to get the inside track on the company’s plans for 2019. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 4 December 2018

ZAGG grabs Gear4 for US$40m

NASDAQ-quoted accessories company ZAGG has acquired Gear4 from STRAX for US$40m – the equivalent of Gear4’s projected 2018 sales. Accounting for 23% market share in the UK and with significant growth in North America this year, Gear4’s extensive range of impact absorbing smartphone cases covers all leading handsets. Gear4’s cases exclusively feature D3O technology, the thinnest and most advanced impact and shock absorbing material currently used in professional sports, industrial and military equipment applications. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 3 December 2018

GfK confirmed as Event Partner for DISTREE EMEA 2019

GfK has been confirmed as an official Event Partner for DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019, the region’s leading hosted buyer event for consumer technology, consumer electronics (CE) and IT channels. DISTREE EMEA will take place in Monaco from February 19th to 22nd 2019. GfK connects data and science. Innovative research solutions provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media – now and in the future. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 3 December 2018

NUU Mobile expands MEA channel reach

Fast-growing smartphone brand NUU Mobile continues to accelerate its channel reach across the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region. Noour Ali, global sales director at NUU Mobile, said: “We have recently signed Al Futtaim as a distributor for the UAE market, One Trading for Egypt and Amtel Limited to cover Kuwait. We have also signed Smart Connections for the growing markets in Tanzania and Kenya.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 3 December 2018

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