April 21, 2021

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Infopro Digital acquires DISTREE Events

Infopro Digital has continued its expansion with the acquisition of DISTREE Events, a global leader in the organisation of ICT and consumer electronics (CE) events. DISTREE Events helps more than 400 ICT and CE brands grow their channel reach across 120 countries each year. More than 1,000 retailers, e-tailers and distributors attend the company’s events around the world. These events facilitate more than 10,000 one-on-one meetings between vendors and channel partners per annum. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 May 2013

DISTREE Middle East completes 9th annual event

The 9th annual DISTREE Middle East channel event finished today after an action-packed three-days at its new venue in Abu Dhabi, with delegates participating in 2,000-plus pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings. The event also played host to the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2013 Awards’ Gala Dinner to celebrate retail channel achievements across the region during the last 12 months. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 23 May 2013

MEA consumers take to tablets

Research from GfK claims that 44% of computing devices sold to consumers in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in the first quarter of 2013 were tablets – up from 23% a year earlier. According to GfK, unit sales in the MEA computing market – comprising desktops, notebooks and tablets – hit 2.88 million units in the first quarter of 2013, up 37.5% year-on-year. GfK is a Content Provider for this month’s DISTREE Middle East retail channel event in Abu Dhabi. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 15 May 2013

Middle East e-tail two years behind Western Europe

Research house GfK reckons that Middle East e-tailing of ICT and consumer electronics (CE) products is currently two years behind Western Europe in terms of market development. A number of e-tailers are emerging in the Middle East retail channel, attempting to capitalise on the projected growth in online sales. The leading Middle East e-tailers will join senior executives from vendors, distributors and retailers at annual channel event DISTREE Middle East later this month. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 8 May 2013

DISTREE Middle East to focus on key topics for retail channel

DISTREE Middle East will take place from May 21st to 23rd at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The region’s leading annual ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retail event will play host to 600 senior channel executives, providing a powerful opportunity to discuss topical issues impacting the market. Key subjects up for discussion include the role of special sales events, pricing, promotions and sustainable margins. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 7 May 2013

GfK channel insights at DISTREE Middle East

Research powerhouse GfK will participate as an official Content Provider at this month’s DISTREE Middle East event, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from May 21st to 23rd. GfK will utilise the wealth of channel data at its disposal to deliver retail channel insight to hundreds of attending executives from across the region. GfK Middle East’s David Lewis will moderate a workshop session looking at the impact of price and product promotions on the regional market for ICT and consumer electronics (CE) products. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 2 May 2013

Tablets take bite out of PC pie in MEA

Fast-growing tablet sales in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region are eating into the PC market. PC shipments in MEA for the first quarter of 2013 hit 5.3 million units, according to IDC. This represented a 14.1% year-on-year decline as the shift towards tablets gathered speed. Desktop sales in the first quarter slipped 18.4% year-on-year to 2 million units with notebook shipments sliding 11.2% to 3.3 million units. Tablet sales are booming with IDC claiming that some power retailers are now selling more tablets that notebook PCs. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 April 2013

Spiky sales patterns impact UAE retail channel

The UAE retail channel for ICT and consumer electronics (CE) products is witnessing increasingly spiky sales patterns, experiencing major peaks and troughs from one month to the next, as the impact of specific sales events exacerbates market volatility. The UAE retail channel has already experienced Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and Abu Dhabi Electronics Shopper in 2013, and the inaugural Gitex Shopper Spring – dubbed mini-Gitex by some vendors – is currently taking place in Dubai. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 5 April 2013

Russian market exceeds US$40 billion

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Russia indicates that the total market value grew 9.1% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012 to hit US$12.68 billion. This took the annual market value for calendar 2012 to US$42.3 billion dollars in Russia – a 10.4% increase over 2011. Consumer electronics, telecoms products including smartphones and small domestic appliances played a significant role in driving overall market growth. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 14 March 2013

Egyptian market value exceeds US$4 billion

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Egypt indicates that the total market value grew 7% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012 to hit US$1.03 billion. This took the annual market value for calendar 2012 to US$4.2 billion dollars in Egypt – a 7.1% increase over 2011. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 12 March 2013

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