April 28, 2017

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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

Home Electronics confirmed for DISTREE Middle East

Home Electronics from Bahrain will join consumer tech retailers and e-tailers from across the wider Middle East region at this year’s DISTREE Middle East channel event, which takes place in Dubai from May 8-10th 2017. Channel EMEA caught up with Sumith Thekkayil, category manager digital and IT at Home Electronics, to learn more about the retailer’s strategic objectives and to get the inside track on the highly competitive consumer tech market in Bahrain. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 19 April 2017

Amazon reaches agreement to buy Souq.com

NASDAQ-quoted Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, a major e-commerce player in the Middle East. The move ignites an intriguing battle for e-commerce supremacy in the fast-growing region, with Noon.com, which has financial backing from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, due to launch in the coming weeks. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 March 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

MMR20 programme to unite consumer tech category leaders and VIP retailers at DISTREE Middle East 2017

The exclusive MMR20 vendor programme will form part of DISTREE Middle East 2017, which takes place on 8-10th May at Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The programme, which successfully launched in 2016, is reserved for consumer technology brands that have demonstrated a sustained retail leadership position in one or more product categories across the Middle East during the last year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 23 March 2017

Garmin expands African reach with MTN Nigeria

Fitness tech brand Garmin has teamed up with MTN Nigeria partner to introduce a range of health and fitness devices in-country. “Building off of our partnership and recent launch with MTN Ghana, we are excited to extend our footprint in Africa and partner with the leading telecommunications provider to bring these innovative solutions into Nigeria where we have seen an increasing interest and adoption of healthy lifestyles by many people,” said Jenna Chisnall, marcomms manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Garmin. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 March 2017

Extra sales reach US$1 billion in 2016

Saudi retail giant Extra’s sales for full year 2016 were flat at US$1 billion. The company’s operating income fell 57% year-on-year to US$6.29m, with after-tax profits dropping to just US$560,000 compared to US$13.1m in 2015. Extra’s financial report showed that selling and marketing expenses were US$9.1m higher in 2016 compared to 2015, hitting US$120.9m. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 March 2017

Souq.com opens service centre in Dubai

Middle East e-tailer and online marketplace Souq.com has whipped the covers off its first customer experience centre, located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The move to open a physical space highlights the complexities of new omnichannel supply models embracing both offline and online. Souq.com claims that the new facility will make life more convenient for customers as well as sellers across the UAE. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 March 2017

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

DISTREE Middle East moves to Dubai for 2017 event

DISTREE Middle East 2017 will take place on the 8-10th May at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai, UAE. The three-day channel event unites consumer technology brands and distributors with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading retailers and e-tailers. Exhibitors pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with retailers and e-tailers attending the event, enabling them to target specific markets or channels for their product portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 February 2017

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