September 22, 2017

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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

GfK upbeat on APAC consumer tech demand

Research firm GfK has identified strong growth in the Asia Pacific (APAC) consumer technology market in the past year, driven by the growth and development of categories such as action cameras and wearables. GfK is a confirmed Event Partner for regional consumer tech channel event DISTREE APAC 2017, which takes place in Singapore on November 8-10th. GfK will deliver a keynote speech and a series of workshops focused on the latest APAC market trends. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 June 2017

Doug Smith, Epicor

Doug Smith, director of product marketing, retail and distribution, Epicor, explores how e-commerce is changing the way distributors do business. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 June 2017

DISTREE Russia 2017 unites senior B2B and B2C channel executives to meet tech suppliers

DISTREE Russia 2017, which unites technology brands and distributors with senior executives from Russia’s leading B2C and B2B channel partners, takes place in Moscow this week, from the 21st to 23rd June. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors will hold thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers and senior executives from more than 260 channel partners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 June 2017

GTDC claims surge in European sales through distribution

The European IT market has surged in the first quarter, claims the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), based on sales through distribution for the first quarter of 2017. GTDC claims that the European market is now growing faster than that of the US. A year ago, some countries were still in decline, but in March 2017, Spain was up 13%, Portugal 19% France 4%, Belgium 12% Germany 7%, Norway 16% and UK 12%. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 16 June 2017

Monitor market shifts towards high-end

Worldwide shipments of desktop monitors declined by 1.1% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest figures from CONTEXT, the IT market analysis company. The low-end of each market has been noticeably shrinking, and there has been a marked change in the product mix. There has been a shift to larger, more expensive screens; rising sales of curved monitors, higher resolution displays and gaming monitors; and growing demand for 21:9 monitors. This, in turn, has increased the ASP with prices rising +2% year-on-year, according to CONTEXT. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 13 June 2017

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