June 29, 2017

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i2 targets Sub-Sahara region

Mobile phone distribution and retail giant i2 had officially opened a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa, as the company sets its sights on rapid expansion in the Sub-Saharan region. The new regional office will oversee i2 activities in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Angola, Reunion and Senegal. i2 plans to aggressively ramp up the number of retail outlets it has in the Sub-Saharan region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

AMD trains secret agents

Components giant AMD has invited channel partner employees to become a ’secret agent whose task is to thwart the evil Zed’s plans for world domination’. No it’s not the latest development in AMD’s ongoing market share battle with fierce rival Intel. It’s actually a bespoke pan-European partner engagement programme created by Total Marketing Network (TMN), which combines multi-lingual game-based learning for channel partner employees. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 25 April 2008

Parrot plans Middle East retail boost

Wireless mobile phone accessories vendor Parrot is preparing to boost its Middle East retail channel activities. The company’s participation at this year’s Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) event in Fujairah will provide the platform for reinforcing and developing relationships with retailers in the Gulf. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 24 April 2008

BitDefender finds Focus for UK push

Internet security software outfit BitDefender has struck a national marketing and distribution agreement with Focus Multimedia in the UK. Focus, a software publishing house specialising in home computer and small office products, will push BitDefender products into major UK retailers over the coming weeks. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 24 April 2008

Emirates Computers adds retail showroom

Emirates Computers (EC) has opened a new showroom in the Khalidiya Mall in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The retail outlet features the latest kit from Dell and Nokia as well as a range of IT accessories. EC will offer product demonstrations in its outlets, which it claims is a service in line with Dell and Nokia’s own concept retail outlets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 23 April 2008

Jumbo adds four more stores in UAE

Jumbo Electronics has boosted its UAE retail network, opening four new mall-based stores across the Emirates. Jumbo reckons that the new outlets - located in Khalidiya and Al Wahda malls in Abu Dhabi, Sahara Centre in Sharjah and Festival City in Dubai – will enhance the company’s position as a leading retailer in the consumer electronics and technology sectors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 17 April 2008

HTC hones retailer skills

Smart device vendor HTC has ramped up the sales skills in its Middle East channel with technical training sessions for its retailers and direct partners in the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The three-hour training sessions focused on the features of HTC devices, equipping the retail staff with the skills required to respond to customer queries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 15 April 2008

i2 breaks US$2bn sales barrier

Mobile phone distribution giant i2 has revealed that its gross sales hit US$2bn in 2007. i2, which has distribution and retail operations across the Middle East and Africa, doubled the number of Nokia handsets it sold year-on-year to 12.3 million in 2007 as gross sales rocketed 43%. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 April 2008

Sharaf DG teams with Sky for PC launch

UAE-based PC assembler Sky Electronics has launched its new Expeditor value PC at Sharaf DG stores. The PCs, which are exclusively available at Sharaf DG stores, are built on Nvidia’s recently unveiled GeForce 7 series motherboard GPUs. Sharaf DG has carved out an impressive reputation as a power retailer in the UAE. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 April 2008

Positronica revels in Russian retail bonanza

Positronica, the Russian retail franchising operation launched by IT distribution heavyweight Merlion, posted sales of US$197m in 2007 according to a local report. Positronica has a retail network of more than 160 shops spanning 140 Russian towns and cities offering a combined floor space of more than 25,000 square metres. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 7 April 2008

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