December 10, 2018

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Smart Home, Gaming, Mobile Devices & Audio identified as top growth categories by EMEA consumer tech channel

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has released preliminary findings from its 2018 EMEA Consumer Tech Channel Survey. Smart Home, Gaming & Gaming Accessories, Mobile Devices and Audio (Headphones & Speakers) were identified as the product categories with the most growth potential in EMEA in 2019, according to this year’s survey. Hundreds of distributors, retailers and e-tailers participated in the annual DISTREE EMEA survey. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 December 2018

GfK confirmed as Event Partner for DISTREE EMEA 2019

GfK has been confirmed as an official Event Partner for DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019, the region’s leading hosted buyer event for consumer technology, consumer electronics (CE) and IT channels. DISTREE EMEA will take place in Monaco from February 19th to 22nd 2019. GfK connects data and science. Innovative research solutions provide answers for key business questions around consumers, markets, brands and media – now and in the future. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 3 December 2018

Slack Friday in notebook space claims CONTEXT

Volume sales of consumer technology on Black Friday are unlikely to increase from the same period in 2017 in most major European countries, despite intense promotional activity from retailers, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. The firm based its predictions on analysis of distribution volumes into retailers and e-tailers, using its CONTEXT Saleswatch data to compare sales across a crucial six-week period at the start of the fourth quarter compared to a year ago. The notebook category was chosen as an indicator of what might happen in the wider consumer tech space. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 November 2018

DISTREE EMEA launches annual Consumer Tech channel survey

DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) has started collecting responses for its 2018 regional consumer tech channel survey. Reaching out to thousands of senior executives from consumer tech distributors, retailers, e-tailers and marketplaces across the region, the survey explores sales performance, business confidence, financial trends, technology trends and attitudes towards product categories. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 5 November 2018

Headphone sales to hit US$21 billion in 2018

Research house Futuresource reckons that the global headphones market value will hit US$21 billion in 2018. The appeal of audio headphones continues to attract consumers, with a 4% increase in shipments forecast for 2018 and a 23% growth in retail value, according to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 19 October 2018

CONTEXT confirmed as Event Partner for DISTREE EMEA 2019

CONTEXT has been confirmed as an official Event Partner for DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019, the region’s leading hosted buyer event for consumer technology and IT channels. DISTREE EMEA will take place in Monaco from February 19th to 22nd 2019. Market intelligence experts CONTEXT will host an exclusive VIP Summit to address major issues impacting consumer technology and IT channels. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 3 October 2018

CONTEXT data highlights distribution growth

The IT channel has had a strong start to 2018 with a combined first half year-on-year growth rate in distribution of 5.1%, according to CONTEXT, the IT market intelligence company. Resellers in most countries more optimistic about the coming 12 months than they were a year ago. CONTEXT’s ChannelWatch 2018 report is compiled from interviews with a representative sample of over 7,000 resellers to provide key insight into market trends and channel priorities across 14 territories: Australia, New Zealand, Baltics, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the UK. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 September 2018

Dixons Carphone and GfK agree information partnership

Dixons Carphone and GfK have today announced the signing of a partnership to share physical and online sales information. Under the terms of the deal, Dixons Carphone will become part of GfK’s point of sale (POS) tracking solutions for their sectors, which underpin GfK’s prescriptive analytics around market Insights, consumer insights, marketing effectiveness and sales effectiveness. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 20 September 2018

Audio device sales hit US$5.23 billion in first half of 2018

Research house GfK has announced that global sales of audio devices hit US$5.23 billion in the first half of 2018 – an increase of 5% year-on-year. GfK also claims that there is still growth potential in smart devices with embedded voice assistants or high-performance features that enhance the listening experience. Revenues for headphones and headsets contributed US$2.33 billion with 59 million units sold in the first half of 2018. Europe (without CIS) and APAC accounted for more than 85% of the global headphone and headset revenues. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 13 September 2018

DISTREE EMEA drives new distribution deals

DISTREE Events has revealed the findings of its post-event distributor research* for DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2018, which took place in Monaco in February. Based on this year’s findings, there was an average of 4.02 signed distribution agreements per exhibitor at DISTREE EMEA 2018, with a further 4.27 currently under negotiation for each participating brand. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 12 September 2018

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