April 28, 2017

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Axiom launches new concept store in Dubai

Mobile device distributor and retailer Axiom Telecom recently launched a new concept store at Dubai Mall, combining cutting-edge technology with first-of-its-kind personalisation capability. The store included a dedicated zone called ‘XCustoms’ - a one-stop-shop for smartphone and tablet customisation in the UAE. Faisal Al Bannai, managing director at Axiom Telecom, said: "From gold plating, engraving, and colorful skins, to UV printing and Swarovski crystals, XCustoms allows gadget owners to express their individuality – whether it is supporting a favourite band or team, or showcasing a unique sense of style.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 14 March 2016

Souq.com secures US$275m funding

Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online retail and marketplace platform, recently completed a funding round of more than US$275m, the largest financing of an e-commerce business in the Middle East, according to the company. Souq.com claims that the significant investment will support the company’s future growth, strengthen e-commerce in the region and empower more businesses to grow online through its platform. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 11 March 2016

Media Markt and Amazon among retail winners at ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2016 Awards’

The ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2016 Awards’ were held in conjunction with regional channel event DISTREE EMEA 2016. These included a series of nine awards for consumer technology retailers and e-tailers operating in Europe, plus one award for online marketplaces featuring consumer technology products. Media Markt was the big winner on the night, picking up the Retailer of the Year Award in four separate regions: South East Europe, Southern Europe, DACH and Benelux. Online giant Amazon emerged triumphant in two categories as the company was crowned UK & Ireland Retailer of the Year and also picked up the European Online Marketplace of the Year Award. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 March 2016

DISTREE Russia unveils new format for 2016 with clear separation of B2B & B2C channel events

DISTREE Russia has announced a brand new event structure for 2016, based on strong demand from both business-focused and consumer-focused technology suppliers for exhibition space. This year’s event will see separate business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) channel events held simultaneously. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 March 2016

DISTREE Events appoints Loh Teck-Heng as Director of Business Development for APAC region

DISTREE Events has announced the appointment of Loh Teck-Heng as its new Director of Business Development for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In his new role, Loh Teck-Heng will use his extensive regional experience and in-depth knowledge of APAC channel structures to drive the growth and evolution of DISTREE APAC, the flagship event for vendors, distributors, retailers and e-tailers involved in the region’s consumer technology channel. The fourth annual DISTREE APAC will take place in Bali on 2nd to 4th November 2016. Loh Teck-Heng (pictured right) will report directly to Farouk Hemraj, CEO & Co-Founder at DISTREE Events. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 8 March 2016

DISTREE EMEA finishes after successful regional consumer technology channel event in Monaco

The 14th annual DISTREE EMEA has finished, with 1000 delegates attending the four-day channel event, which took place from February 24th to 27th at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) provided technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands with the opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with senior executives from the region’s most influential retailers, e-tailers and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 March 2016

DISTREE EMEA 2016 welcomes 150-plus consumer technology brands from around the world to Monaco

The 14th annual DISTREE EMEA starts today with 1000 delegates registered to attend the four-day event, which runs from February 24th to 27th at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) offers technology and consumer electronics (CE) brands an unparalleled opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with senior executives from the region’s most influential retailers, e-tailers and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 24 February 2016

INTERVIEW: Erling H. Petersen, Sandberg

With an ideology based on ‘IT for everyone’, accessories brand Sandberg continues to innovate its portfolio and reaffirm its commitment to the channel. Sandberg will attend next week’s DISTREE EMEA regional channel event to showcase its portfolio to distributors and retailers from across the region. Channel EMEA grabbed ten minutes with Erling H. Petersen, sales director at Sandberg, to find out more about the company’s plans for 2016. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 17 February 2016

DISTREE EMEA workshops confirmed

DISTREE Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has confirmed the full line-up of workshops and summit sessions at this year’s regional channel event, which takes place from February 24-27th in Monaco. The line-up features a number of organisations speaking at DISTREE EMEA for the first time including BVOH, Early Metrics, European Hardware Association (EHA), Futurecandy, Rude Baguette and Zyme. All delegates attending DISTREE EMEA have the opportunity to register for sessions, which are then included in their personalised agenda. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 9 February 2016

DISTREE EMEA announces new application-based awards

DISTREE Events has announced an increased number of application-based awards for the ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2016 Awards’, which take place in conjunction with DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). DISTREE EMEA is the region’s premier independent annual event for the consumer technology channel. This year’s awards include seven application-based awards, with companies operating within the EMEA channel invited to submit entries by Monday February 15th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 21 January 2016

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