March 29, 2017

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Huntkey powers into UAE with Sharaf DG

Power supply products vendor Huntkey has announced a deal with UAE-based retailer Sharaf DG. Under the terms of the agreement, Sharaf DG will start stocking Huntkey power strips. Sharaf DG operates 26 stores across the UAE. Huntkey is launching its latest SZN Series in Sharaf DG, including the following three models: SZN401, SZN501 and SZN507. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 October 2015

Dixons Carphone buys Infocare Workshop

Elkjøp, the Nordic division of retail giant Dixons Carphone, has entered into an agreement to buy Infocare Workshop, a service and repair company in the region. The acquisition, which remains subject to Norwegian Competition Authority approval, is in line with the company’s strategy of owning the complete end-to-end customer service journey. The deal will enable Elkjøp under the Knowhow service brand, to offer even better and more consistent service repair levels to its customers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 October 2015

DISTREE Brazil & Latin America 2016 confirmed for September 22-23rd in Sao Paulo

DISTREE Events has confirmed that next year’s DISTREE Brazil & Latin America will take place on September 22-23rd 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Taking place for the sixth successive year in 2016, DISTREE Brazil & Latin America will once again give consumer technology brands unprecedented access to senior executives and product buyers from the region’s most influential channel partners through pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 October 2015

Ctroniq boosts online reach with wadi.com

Device vendor Ctroniq has boosted its Middle East e-tail channel reach, striking a deal to push its products through wadi.com. Middle East Internet Group (MEIG), a joint venture between Rocket Internet Group and MTN, officially launched wadi.com earlier this year as an e-commerce portal initially covering the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 October 2015

DISTREE EMEA 2016 to provide access to complete go-to-market ecosystem for consumer technology products

DISTREE EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) 2016 will be held from February 24-27th at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Taking place for the 14th consecutive year in 2016, DISTREE EMEA will gather more than 1000 senior executives including vendors, plus distributors, retailers and e-tailers from across the entire EMEA theatre. The annual event provides a powerful business development platform for consumer technology brands at all stages of maturity to manage, build or launch channels across the expansive EMEA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 19 October 2015

DISTREE Events strengthens Middle East team

DISTREE Events, the organiser of DISTREE Middle East, has announced the appointment of Mehdi Hasan as Regional Manager for the Middle East region. Hasan will manage the company’s Middle East operations and report directly to Farouk Hemraj, CEO and co-founder of DISTREE Events. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 October 2015

Jacky’s revamps Dubai Mall outlet

UAE retailer Jacky’s has revamped its flagship retail outlet in Dubai Mall, claiming that it will offer a seamless shopping experience for customers. “Through this new concept, our flagship showroom at The Dubai Mall will allow customers to make the right decision when making a purchase, giving them better interaction and engagement,” explained Mahesh Chotrani, assistant VP at Jacky’s Electronics. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 October 2015

Singapore retailer establishes Challenge Ventures

Singapore-listed Challenger Technologies has established a new subsidiary, Challenge Ventures, to focus on investing in companies and businesses to complement Challenger’s existing business. The company is prepared to inject up to SGD20m (US$13.95m) into Challenge Ventures if suitable investments can be identified. Challenger Technologies currently operates a chain of IT retail stores known as Challenger as well as lifestyle retail concepts such as audio specialty store Musica in Singapore. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 October 2015

Brazil: Crisis? What crisis?

Last month’s DISTREE Brazil & Latin America 2015 provided deep insight into the Brazilian channel as it deals with a number of economic problems. Vendors, distributors and retailers remain pragmatic about current economic issues, looking instead at Brazil’s long-term growth potential and standing as one of the biggest technology markets in the world. Crisis? What crisis? Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 October 2015

Fnac makes offer for Darty

The French technology retail channel looks set for further consolidation. Fnac has put forward a £533m (US$806.5m) share-based offer to acquire Darty. The two companies will make further announcements on the deal’s progress as appropriate. Fnac claims that the combination of Fnac and Darty offers a compelling strategic and financial opportunity for both groups by creating a leader in the French electronics and home appliances retail market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 October 2015

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