December 13, 2017

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Sharaf DG bags a brace

IT and consumer electronics retailer Sharaf DG is celebrating after picking up two prizes at the inaugural Middle East Retail Academy Awards. Sharaf DG took home the ‘Best Retailer for Marketing/ Promotion’ and ‘Store Concept of the Year’ awards. Close to 100 senior vendor executives took part in a live electronic voting session to determine the retail winners during the recent awards ceremony. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 29 May 2008

i2 wins Retail Academy Award

Mobile phone retail and distribution giant i2 picked up a prize at the inaugural Middle East Retail Academy Awards. i2 was awarded the prize for specialist retailer of the year, picking up 35% of the votes cast during the live electronic voting process. More than 100 vendor executives voted live to pick the award winner from a shortlist of five nominees in the specialist retailer category. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 May 2008

HP cements Middle East retail credentials

The HP Middle East retail team is reaching out to partners from across the region at this year’s Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) event held in Fujairah, UAE. HP claims that it is working closer with its retail partners to meet the needs of increasingly sophisticated consumers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 19 May 2008

PC price points slide

The latest PC shipment data from the number crunchers at Gartner has shown first quarter 2008 unit sales in Western Europe climbing 14.1% year-on-year to 15.2 million units. The change in the dollar-euro exchange rate allowed vendors to reduce average selling prices (ASPs) much faster than expected, according to the team at Gartner. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 16 May 2008

Retail giant DSGi fights back

Challenging trading conditions, profit warnings and the impending arrival of Best Buy in Europe have created a perfect storm for embattled IT and consumer electronics retail giant DSGi. The company has today announced a wide-ranging review of its operations designed to transform the group’s fortunes. So what changes can European consumers expect to see from DSGi in the months and years to come? Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 15 May 2008

Ryan Mackey’s Retail Analysis

EMEA retail expert Ryan Mackey looks at the implications of Carphone Warehouse’s tie-up with US giant Best Buy. The move is a ‘game-changer’ claims Mackey. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 15 May 2008

IRIS eyes retail opportunity

Optical character recognition specialist IRIS Group will attend this year’s Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) event in Fujairah, UAE, to show retailers from across the Middle East its complete range of mobile scanning devices. With the recent revival of its consumer product offering, IRIS is eyeing up the growing market potential available through the retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 May 2008

Trinity targets Middle East retail channel

IT hardware distributor Trinity Electronics hopes to boost its sales through the Middle East retail channel. The distributor, which is authorised by a number of vendors including ASRock, Asus, BenQ, Foxconn, Samsung and Seagate, recently established an office and warehouse facility in Jebel Ali free zone to serve as a regional hub. Trinity is attending the upcoming Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) event in Fujairah, UAE, to strengthen the company’s relationships with major retailers from across the Middle East. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 May 2008

Best Buy makes European move

US retail giant Best Buy has crossed the pond for a crack at the European market. The IT and consumer electronics retailing giant has struck a deal with independent mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, Best Buy is acquiring a 50% stake in Carphone Warehouse’s European and US retail operations for US$2.1 billion cash. The new venture plans to introduce Best Buy stores across Europe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 May 2008

Sana Security enters UK retail channel

Security software vendor Sana has struck a UK retail agreement with retail giant DSGi. The deal means that Sana Security’s PRSC online identity protection software is now available in all 711 PC World and Currys retail outlets. The software offers consumers a tool to defend themselves against hackers and criminals seeking to steal identity, banking and other personal information while they surf the internet. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 May 2008

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