April 28, 2017

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PC World Kenya reveals merger plan

Kenya-based retailer and reseller PC World plans to merge its operations with a group of local investors who have a range of interests in various business sectors. The identity of the investors and the structure of the deal has not been disclosed. Bobby Gadhia, CEO at PC World Kenya, told Channel EMEA: “This merger will see our company grow to the next level and maximise the full potential the market has to offer. After the merger we will have 12 retail outlets spread across the country and a workforce of approximately 100 people, so 2016 is a big year for us.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 20 April 2016

Successful second annual DISTREE #ConnectDays Paris reflects growing interest in smart tech products

The second annual DISTREE #ConnectDays event, organised by DISTREE Events in association with INNOV8 Group, took place on the 12-13th April at the Carrousel du Louvre in central Paris. In total, 110 brands of connected devices, smartphones and high-tech accessories exhibited at the event, meeting 500-plus buyers and senior executives from France’s leading retailers and e-tailers across multiple channels. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 20 April 2016

INTERVIEW: Frederic Simard, DISTREE Russia

DISTREE Russia allows technology brands and suppliers to hold pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with top resellers and retailers inside Russia. The next DISTREE Russia takes place in St. Petersburg on the 22-23 June 2016. This year’s event will see separate business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) channel events held simultaneously for the first time. Frederic Simard, Event Director for DISTREE Russia, recently took part in a Q&A session regarding this year’s event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 19 April 2016

Intel starts retail tour in Nigeria

Technology giant Intel believes there is still significant untapped PC market potential in Nigeria. The company has embarked on the Intel retail tour and launched in-store promotions in both Benin and Ibadan. Intel also has teamed up with partners Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Tecno to organise training sessions for retailers and resellers, advising them on the right way to buy and sell devices, as well as the incentives available to them. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 15 April 2016

DISTREE Middle East invites consumer technology channel to submit applications for MERA initiative awards

DISTREE Events has confirmed a deadline of Sunday May 1st to enter the four submission-based awards, which form part of the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2016 Awards’ taking place at next month’s DISTREE Middle East. The annual MERA Awards, taking place for the 9th consecutive year in 2016, celebrate excellence in the region’s technology and consumer electronics (CE) retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 8 April 2016

John Lewis opens UK’s largest smart home experience

Retailer John Lewis has whipped the covers off a 1000 square foot retail experience dedicated to smart home technology at its flagship Oxford Street store in London. The retailer says that 18 times more people are searching for smart home products on its website, compared to the same time the previous year. Sales of smart home products as a category at John Lewis have increased by 81% year-on-year from 2014 to 2015 Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 8 April 2016

Orange buys €75m stake in Africa Internet Group

Telecoms operator Orange has acquired a €75m (US$85.5m) equity stake in Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and longstanding investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet. Through this investment, which will be accompanied by a series of strategic partnerships between the subsidiaries of the two groups, Orange will help online marketplace Jumia and other websites run by Africa Internet Group to accelerate their growth and seize development opportunities in Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 7 April 2016

Office 1 Gulf confirmed for DISTREE Middle East

This year’s DISTREE Middle East event on 10-12th May 2016 will see retailers and e-tailers from across the region gather in Abu Dhabi for three days of one-on-one meetings and professional networking with consumer technology brands. Retailer Office 1 Gulf is confirmed to attend and keen to talk to brands looking to further develop their business in the Qatari market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 1 April 2016

LG gram launched in Bahrain

LG Electronics (LG) has teamed up with distributor AJM Kooheji Group to launch the superlight LG gram laptop in Bahrain through an exclusive partnership with telecoms provider Batelco. Available in shades of white and gold, the LG gram series - consisting of two models with 14” and 15.6” screens - will be initially available in all Batelco stores in Bahrain. Installment-based purchase schemes are available for product buyers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 31 March 2016

DISTREE Middle East 2016 to increase focus on fast-growing product categories

DISTREE Middle East 2016 will take place on the 10-12th May at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, 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, Wednesday 23 March 2016

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