October 18, 2017

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From connected devices to smart home solutions

Persuading European consumers to invest in smart home solutions has been a tough challenge for the industry to date, but a new breed of connected devices and point solutions could help trigger a mass market breakthrough. Speaking at a recent connected home conference, Greg Roberts, VP marketing at connected home platform provider Icontrol Networks, said: “We are now seeing compelling connected devices in the market – point solutions. These may not connect with other devices but it is a chance for customers to get their feet wet in terms of smart home technologies.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 2 December 2014

Ingram Micro makes binding offer for Anovo

Distribution giant Ingram Micro is looking for a bigger slice of the pie in device lifecycle services. Ingram Micro has made a binding offer to buy France-based Anovo, a provider of reverse logistics and repair services for products such as smartphones and set-top boxes across Europe and Latin America. Ingram Micro claims that upon completion the deal will strengthen its position as a global provider of device lifecycle services, while also boosting its relationships with top telecom operators and OEMs. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 28 November 2014

Smart tech, dumb channels

We need a radical channel rethink to drive mass market adoption of smart home technologies in Europe, argues Stuart Wilson, Editor at Channel EMEA. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 November 2014

Ingram Micro UK adds SkyKick to cloud offering

Distribution giant Ingram Micro UK has added SkyKick to its cloud portfolio. The SkyKick migration suite is a solution that enables IT consultants, systems integrators, managed service providers (MSPs) and VARs to automate an entire Office 365 migration project, reducing costs and accelerating deployment. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 November 2014

Opening the barriers to Europe

James Arnold Roberts, director at Genius Networks looks at what the barriers are to doing international connectivity business in Europe, and how resellers can overcome them. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 14 November 2014

Nest’s multichannel European strategy

A connected home is simply the first step on the journey towards a truly ‘conscious home’, according to Lionel Paillet, general manager Europe at Nest. The company, which Google purchased for US$3.2 billion at the start of 2014, is developing and deploying a multichannel European strategy as it looks to drive consumer adoption of new smart home technologies. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 5 November 2014

TecTotal targets increased consumer services reach

This week’s DISTREE Brazil & Latin America channel event will also feature a range of companies offering value-added services for retailers. One such company is TecTotal, a leading provider of technical support, installation, configuration and customisation services for technology and electronics products. The company will use the event to meet partners that can help drive consumer awareness of TecTotal’s service offerings and open up new routes-to-market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 October 2014

Nest extends European retail channel reach

Smart home products and solutions outfit Nest Labs will extend its product availability into Belgium, France, Ireland and the Netherlands later this month. The Nest thermostat and Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm will be sold in 400 retail stores across Europe, with a further 150 stores to be added by the end of the year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 10 September 2014

Samsung snaps up SmartThings

Vendor giant Samsung has acquired SmartThings, a leading open platform for the smart home and the consumer Internet of Things (IoT). With Samsung’s resources and support, SmartThings hopes that it will be able to expand its platform and become available for even more partners and devices. SmartThings supports an open and growing ecosystem of developers, who are producing new types of connected devices and apps in the cloud that change how everyday objects work. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 29 August 2014

DISTREE Events launches Smart Channels summit to focus on retailing connected devices, wearables and IoT

DISTREE Events has launched a new summit series focused on how the retail channel will evolve to deliver smart technologies, solutions and services to consumers. The new session, entitled ‘Smart Channels: Retailing Connected Devices, Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT)’, will make its debut at DISTREE APAC in Singapore in October 2014. The ‘Smart Channels’ summit series will continue at DISTREE EMEA in Monaco in February 2015. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 19 August 2014

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