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Extra eyes growing Saudi CE spend

Saudi Arabian retail chain Extra hopes to take advantage of the Kingdom’s growing electronics market in 2009. Extra reckons that the Saudi electronics market was worth US$5.6 billion in 2008 with this figure expected to grow 3.3% in 2009. The average annual expenditure on electronics products by each Saudi family is in excess of US$1,000 according to Extra. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 23 March 2009

Lexmark trains channel partners in Oman

Printing solutions and services vendor Lexmark has kickstarted its latest Middle East channel training programme with a two-day pilot session in the Sultanate of Oman. The new programme involves working with resellers and retailers in key markets to improve their ability to successfully sell and integrate Lexmark printing solutions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 March 2009

DCC MEA dates confirmed

The fifth annual Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) Middle East & Africa (MEA) event will take place from May 19th to 21st 2009. The region’s premier event for the consumer electronics and ICT retail channel continues to go from strength to strength, offering a compelling mix of one-on-one meetings, conference sessions, awards and networking opportunities for retailers, distributors and vendors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 March 2009

E-City touts service credentials

There’s a new player in the Middle East consumer electronics and ICT channel, planning to put services at the heart of its customer proposition. E-City – a retail brand launched by the Sharjah-based Al Batha Group – has opened its first UAE store at Wafi City, Dubai. Described as the region’s first ‘super-speciality electronics store’, E-City’s ‘Service Squad’ will offer a range of maintenance and support services. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 March 2009

Kodak doubles Middle East digital camera sales

Imaging products vendor Kodak doubled its Middle East digital camera sales in 2008, but did not release either the volume or value of product sales. Kodak reckons that its brand equity has also risen among Middle East consumers. Kodak believes thst it is now a force to be reckoned with in the digital camera market – despite its relatively late entry to this market segment. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 March 2009

‘Middle East Retail Academy: 2009 Awards’

The ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2009 Awards’ gala dinner and live voting session will take place on 20th May 2009 in Fujairah, UAE. The awards, which are held in conjunction with Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) Middle East & Africa (MEA), recognise excellence in the region’s consumer electronics and IT retail channel. A total of 22 awards are up for grabs in 2009 with categories for vendors, retailers and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 March 2009

Logitech hands Heid global role

Peripherals and accessories vendor Logitech has appointed Werner Heid as senior VP of worldwide sales and marketing. In his new role Heid will assume responsibility for worldwide sales and regional marketing for Logitech, including the vendor’s retail sales in EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Heid will also oversee worldwide sales to OEM customers and will report directly to Gerald Quindlen, president and CEO at Logitech. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 February 2009

WD drives channel sales in EMEA

WD will continue to drive the expansion and coverage of its distribution channel for branded products across EMEA at DISTREE XXL. WD, which has carved out a powerful position in the external hard drive solutions segment, will meet with both existing and potential partners to ensure that its routes-to-market are effective and provide sufficient market penetration. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 7 February 2009

HP spreads ‘store in store’ across Saudi Arabia

HP Middle East has rolled out its ‘store in store’ concept across Saudi Arabia, debuting the retail concept in outlets in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar. ‘Store in store’ can now be found in CompuMe and Extra stores in Riyadh, Electro in Jeddah and Extra in Khobar. The ‘store in store’ – a dedicated HP zone in the shops – features the full range of the vendor’s consumer offerings. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Saturday 7 February 2009

Rainbow ready for DISTREE XXL

Spain-based peripherals vendor Rainbow Computer World will use DISTREE XXL as a platform for EMEA channel expansion in 2009. With more than a decade’s experience in the peripherals market, Rainbow is ready to showcase its fresh, young and stylish product portfolio to distributors at EMEA’s premier channel event for vendors and distributors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 February 2009

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