August 22, 2019

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MERA Monthly Monitor goes live

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) has launched a new service for its members. MERA, an organisation made up of the region’s top retailers and vendors in the ICT and consumer electronics (CE) channel, now offers its members a Monthly Monitor report focused on current market conditions and the short-term business outlook. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 August 2009

Plug-Ins lauds top suppliers

Plug-Ins, the UAE electronics and IT retail arm of Al-Futtaim, recently held its sixth annual supplier awards ceremony in Dubai. The awards recognise support from vendors and distributors that work with Plug-Ins. LG picked up the best brand award with Jumbo Electronics named as Plug-Ins best supplier. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 30 July 2009

Jacky’s gets web savvy

Retail outfit Jacky’s is touting its web credentials in the UAE, creating dedicated accounts on Twitter and Facebook to promote offers and promotions on a daily basis. The web-based marketing efforts will kick off with the new accounts used to communicate details of Jacky’s offers at its upcoming sale taking place in the Mall of the Emirates. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 29 July 2009

CGC hosts Nokia channel awards in Qatar

Consolidated Gulf Company (CGC), a Nokia distributor in Qatar, hosted its fourth annual awards ceremony for the best performing channel partners. More than 300 people attended the awards in Doha. Awards were handed out for sales performance and CGC also announced details of a summer ‘chill out’ excursion trip to the Philippines for selected partners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 July 2009

Toshiba rolls out UAE sales incentive

Toshiba has rolled out stage four of its incentive programme aimed at retail channel sales staff in the UAE. The sell and win incentive programme has been designed to reward floor staff that help drive growth of Toshiba PC products, offering a range of rewards and prizes. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 21 July 2009

Netbook sales spike at Jacky’s

UAE retailer Jacky’s Electronics has seen a 40% year-on-year demand increase for netbooks in the first half of 2009. Jacky’s reckons that improved operating systems and high-definition displays will drive demand in the product segment, which now contributes 20% of total sales at the retailer. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 23 June 2009

Sharaf DG strikes Thuraya distribution deal

Mobile satellite operator Thuraya is tapping into the retail channel to enhance the availability of its products and solutions. Thuraya has teamed up with UAE retail powerhouse Sharaf DG. Thuraya hopes that its enhanced retail exposure will appeal to consumers in the UAE and wider Middle East region that require mobile satellite services, including frequent travelers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 17 June 2009

Jacky’s widens UAE coverage

UAE retailer Jacky’s Electronics has widened its market coverage, opening new Jacky’s Express stores in Ajman and Al Ain. The latest Jacky’s Express stores at Ajman City Centre and at the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain. Jacky’s reckons that they are the only multi-brand electronics outlets catering to local Ajman and Al Ain residents. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 17 June 2009

Sharaf DG brings ‘Big Box’ to Sharjah

Consumer electronics and IT retailer Sharaf DG has officially opened its first retail outlet in Sharjah, UAE. The 50,000 square foot ‘Big Box’ store is located in Safeer Mall and takes Sharaf’s total retail network to nine stores. Sharaf DG remains committed to its aggressive expansion plan despite difficult economic conditions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 June 2009

DCC MEA 2009: Rakesh Bohra, WiFi Computer Zone

Rakesh Bohra, CEO at retail centre WiFi Computer Zone in Dubai, offers insight into trading conditions in the UAE channel and the challenges facing the market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 11 June 2009

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