May 24, 2017

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DISTREE Middle East 2017 workshops to cover consumer tech market developments and e-commerce trends

DISTREE Middle East has confirmed the line-up of workshops and small group sessions at this year’s consumer technology retail channel event. The sessions form part of an extensive conference programme that runs alongside the main exhibition and pre-scheduled meetings between consumer tech suppliers and trade buyers that take place at the event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 28 April 2017

Tech retailers, e-tailers and marketplaces from 20-plus countries confirmed for DISTREE Middle East

More than 160 senior executives from retailers, e-tailers and online marketplaces have already confirmed their participation at DISTREE Middle East, which takes place from May 8-10th at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai. The three-day event allows consumer tech vendors and brands to showcase their portfolio and pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with retail channel executives from across the wider Middle East region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 26 April 2017

Gearkom to meet top tech retailers at DISTREE Middle East

Leading consumer tech retail distributors are participating at next month’s DISTREE Middle East to showcase their portfolios to hundreds of senior retail channel executives. Dubai-based Gearkom, which has now been operating for six years, will pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with retail and and e-tail executives at the event. Gearkom currently represents four brands in the region: Aiino, HyperX, Rivacase and Sandberg. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 25 April 2017

CMS Distribution boosts 2016 sales

Storit Limited, the holding company of CMS Distribution, has reported record revenues in 2016 with sales up 82% year-on-year to £325m (US$417m). In April 2016, CMS Distribution acquired Widget. Frank Salmon, founder and CEO of CMS Distribution, said: “The Widget business was integrated into CMS Distribution in August 2016, as part of our ongoing strategy of bringing companies together to leverage strengths and synergies. We are very excited with the future potential of this acquisition and its impact on the group’s financials.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 April 2017

SDC adds AGON rights in GCC

MMD, the Asia Pacific brand licensing partner of AOC and AGON, has appointed Dubai-based distributor SDC to market the AGON range of gaming monitors and AOC’s premium range of monitors across the GCC. Sameh Gamal, business development manager at AOC in Middle East and Africa, said: “It is our pleasure to partner with SDC. Their experience in gaming market with various other leading brands and network of resellers convinced us that they will play a key role in increasing the presence of the AOC brand in the region.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 19 April 2017

INTERVIEW: Siamack Ghanimfard, Naghsh

Next month’s DISTREE Middle East consumer tech channel event in Dubai will gather hundreds of senior executives from vendors, distributors, retailers and e-tailers together in one place at one time. The event is a powerful platform for distributors to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with both vendors and retailers. Channel EMEA caught up with Siamack Ghanimfard, managing director at distributor Naghsh, to learn more about the company’s plans for the event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 19 April 2017

Restorepoint appoints Arrow ECS in France

Restorepoint, a network infrastructure automation solutions provider, has appointed Arrow ECS as its distributor in France. This strategic move will accelerate market adoption of Restorepoint’s solutions for network infrastructure protection, compliance and automation that enable organisations to meet their infrastructure and security management challenges by automating key tasks, reducing the risk of outages and driving IT efficiencies. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 April 2017

DISTREE Middle East invites retailers, distributors and vendors to enter 2017 MERA initiative awards

DISTREE Events has confirmed a deadline of April 29th for companies to enter the submission-based awards, which form part of the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2017 Awards’ taking place at DISTREE Middle East in May. The annual MERA Awards, taking place for the 10th consecutive year in 2017, celebrate excellence in the region’s consumer technology retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 March 2017

KMG adds Meizu rights in Egypt

Egypt-based distributor KMG has added distribution rights for fast-growing China-based smartphone brand Meizu. Karim Ghoneim, CEO at KMG, said: “We are delighted to have started working with Meizu in Egypt. We are running a Meizu roadshow in shopping malls and at major sporting events. We want as many people as possible to see and touch the Meizu devices.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 March 2017

Tech Data recognised for excellence in EMEA distribution

Tech Data today announced that it has been named Distributor of the Year in five regional categories in the ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2017 Awards’. The awards were held in conjunction with the DISTREE EMEA event, which was held recently in Monaco. Stephen Nolan, senior VP broadline, mobility, CE and services at Tech Data Europe, said: “The fact that these awards are decided on the votes of our channel partners is especially pleasing, as it demonstrates Tech Data’s strong relationships, excellence in execution and ability to drive growth through end-to end distribution services and solutions.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 21 March 2017

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