June 18, 2019

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Brightpoint streamlines European operation

NASDAQ-quoted wireless device distributor Brightpoint will cut between 275 and 325 operations in its European operation, as the company restructures and integrates recent purchase Dangaard into the wider organisation. Steen F. Pedersen – a Dangaard founder and current president of Europe at Brightpoint – will leave the company on November 19th 2008. Michael Koehn Milland, who will become president EMEA at Brightpoint, will replace Pedersen. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 July 2008

Gazi joins Golden Systems

Moazam Gazi has joined Middle East components and IT products distributor Golden Systems Electronics as chief administrative officer (CAO). The move is part of a wider restructuring effort by Golden Systems, which the company believes will allow it to accelerate its future growth. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 July 2008

Avnet completes Horizon deal

Avnet has bolstered its position in the UK market and boosted its presence in Ireland after completing the acquisition of value-added distributor Horizon Technology for US$156.1m. The transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings by approximately US$0.10 per share in the 2009 financial year, excluding integration charges. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 July 2008

Copaco picks up McDOS

Consolidation is reshaping the Dutch distribution channel, with Copaco announcing an agreement to take over retail-focused distributor McDOS. The deal, which is subject to approval by the Netherlands Competition Authority, strengthens Copaco’s position in the retail channel in the Benelux and France and also adds a number of new vendors to the distributor’s portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 July 2008

SCH makes cash bid for Fayrewood’s final assets

AIM-quoted distribution house Fayrewood hopes to dispose of its last remaining trading subsidiaries to Prime Properties Development – a wholly owned subsidiary of channel giant Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH). PPD has tabled a £2m (US$3.96m) cash bid to snap up server and storage distributor Interface Solutions and also System Loans Services (SLS). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 July 2008

EMEA Channel Academy Awards launched

The first vendor-neutral channel awards for the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) theatre will take place in Monte Carlo on February 11th 2009. The inaugural EMEA Channel Academy Awards, which are being held in conjunction with the DISTREE XXL channel conference, will celebrate excellence in IT distribution with 20 awards up for grabs. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 July 2008

Lexmark looks to boost UK reseller base

Printing giant Lexmark has set its sights on working with more resellers in the UK. The vendor has whipped the covers off a new channel value programme, which it claims will help partners drive sales and secure margins by taking a ‘Print Less, Save More’ message to the market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 July 2008

Comztek signs Iomega deal

South African distributor Comztek has boosted its consumer electronics product portfolio, signing a distribution deal with Iomega covering a wide range of portable back up and storage devices. Comztek’s consumer electronic business unit is going from strength to strength and is now the fastest growing division within the company. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 July 2008

Duxbury drives Colubris channel in South Africa

Intelligent wireless LAN provider Colubris has teamed up with South African distributor Duxbury Networking to launch its partner programme in the country. The Colubris advanced partner programme (CAPP) is designed to provide resellers with enhanced marketing opportunities. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 July 2008

Zycko bags Riverbed distributor award

Value-added distributor Zycko has been named pan-European distributor of the year by Riverbed. Jon Arnold, Riverbed regional sales director for Northern Europe, said: “The level of commitment and support Zycko has shown to Riverbed has been second to none. We appointed Zycko as our first pan European distributor in 2005 and since then they have demonstrated consistent investment and execution in Riverbed.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 July 2008

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