October 17, 2017

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Smart home market worth US$6 billion in 2017

Smart home devices are going mainstream, according to the analysts at Futuresource Consulting. Its latest report reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of US$6 billion worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. "The smart home has arrived and its impact is indisputable," said Filipe Oliveira, a market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 October 2017

European PC gaming market climbs 23% in second quarter

Europe’s PC gaming market sales grew 23% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017, as enthusiasts sought out high performance and premium branded systems, according to market analyst CONTEXT. "Those that claim that PC gaming is dead have been proven wrong once again,” said Biggles Bristol, PC gaming and VR consultant at CONTEXT. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 October 2017

Vietnam consumer tech growth continues

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Vietnam indicates that the total market value grew 13.2% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2017 to hit US$2.12 billion. The strong growth was driven by sales increases in six of the seven segments that GfK tracks. Telecoms sales were up 18.3% year-on-year at US$1.07 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 October 2017

Lifestyle Tech, Smart Home and Gaming identified as top growth categories by APAC consumer tech channel

DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) has released additional findings from its 2017 APAC Consumer Tech Channel Survey. Lifestyle Tech, Smart Home and Gaming were identified as the top three categories with the most growth potential in APAC, according to this year’s survey. Christophe Painvin, Event Director for DISTREE APAC, commented: “These results demonstrate the continued growth potential that exists across the APAC region. Distributors and retailers are keen to add more brands to their portfolio in categories with high growth potential.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 26 September 2017

Gaming monitor sales rocket

The fast-growing billion-dollar global e-sports economy drove worldwide gaming monitor sales up 175% year-on-year for the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the global IT market analysis company. The rapid growth of gaming monitors was not quite enough to offset an overall 3% year-on-year decline in worldwide monitor shipments, driven by lower sales in China. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 22 September 2017

EMEA printer shipments climb

Unit shipments of printer hardware to EMEA improved in the second quarter of 2017, climbing 4% year-on-year, according to data from research house CONTEXT. While there was positive performance across the board, the increase was driven mainly by shipments of multifunction inkjet devices. Sell-in to Western Europe (WE) accounted for almost 70% of all printer hardware shipments to EMEA. Shipments of laser multifunction printers (MFPs) registered growth of 10% year-on-year and were largely responsible for the overall increase. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 21 September 2017

DISTREE APAC survey shows Malaysia leads regional Consumer Tech Channel Business Confidence Index

DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) has announced preliminary results from its 2017 APAC Consumer Tech Channel Survey. The survey showed that consumer tech distributors and retailers in Malaysia had the highest confidence levels in the region in terms of business prospects. Sri Lanka recorded the second highest confidence level, followed by Bangladesh in third, with India and Vietnam in fourth and fifth respectively. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 1 September 2017

INTERVIEW: Dikran Tchablakian, Tecbuy

If wisdom comes from experience, then it is little wonder that Dikran Tchablakian can offer deep insight into the trends impacting consumer tech retail in the Middle East. Tchablakian was awarded the Retail Executive of the Decade honour in 2016 by DISTREE Middle East, in recognition of his achievements and position within the retail channel. With vast experience across the region, spanning physical retail and e-tail with CompuMe, Tecbuy and now also letstango.com, Tchablakian’s views on the structural dynamics of the Middle East retail channel are more important than ever as we enter a period of accelerated change. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 4 August 2017

Desktop 3D printer shipments up 17% in first quarter

The first quarter of 2017 saw both worldwide shipments and revenues in the 3D printer space increase, with activity ramping up in the midmarket, according to market research firm CONTEXT. Shipments in the personal and desktop 3D printer segment climbed 17% year-on-year to hit 88,000 units. The average price of a personal and desktop 3D printer slid to US$970 in the first quarter, down from US$1,142 a year earlier. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 July 2017

DISTREE APAC launches second annual Asia-Pacific Consumer Tech Channel Survey

DISTREE (Asia Pacific) APAC has started collecting responses for its 2017 regional consumer tech channel survey. Reaching out to thousands of senior executives from consumer tech distributors, retailers and e-tailers across the region, the survey explores sales performance, business confidence, financial trends and attitudes towards product categories. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 June 2017

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