August 17, 2017

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Chinese gaming market hits US$21.1 billion in 2015

The gaming market remains a bright spot for the global technology market, with China encapsulating the huge potential for sales and margins the sector represents. The latest research from IDC claims that the number of gamers in China hit 530 million in 2015 with another 24 million expected to become gamers in 2016. China’s gaming market – defined by IDC as both software and consoles – was worth US$21.1 billion in 2015. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 15 August 2016

Russian market rebound possible in 2017

The latest research by PMR has laid bare the IT market downturn that occurred in Russia. The IT market in Russia slumped by almost a third in Euro terms in 2015 to fall below €10 billion (US$11.09 billion). Short term forecasts assume the market will continue to drop in 2016, while a bounce-back is possible in 2017, according to PMR. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 9 August 2016

Jan Kaempfer, Panasonic

Right now there is a battle taking place in the device market. Don’t be taken in by the latest shiny eye-pleasing device is the recommendation from Panasonic’s Jan Kaempfer. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 9 August 2016

Canon research highlights MENA opportunities

Organisations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are taking steps to embrace the ‘Office of the Future’ concept, revolutionising how their employees work and operate. This is evident in the Office Insights 2016 report released by Canon which states that 63% of organisations in the MENA region see value in the ability to print remotely from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 8 August 2016

Juan Bezón, PCCI Group

Juan Bezón, chief commercial officer at outsourcing company PCCI Group, explains why customer service continues to truly define customer experience. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 July 2016

CONTEXT highlights VR retail channel opportunity

Market analysis firm CONTEXT’s latest consumer research has highlighted virtual reality (VR) headsets and accessories as a strong growth opportunity for European technology retailers. A whopping 79% of those questioned said that the ability to demonstrate a VR solution was an important factor in deciding which channel they would buy a VR headset from. That’s music to the ears of retailers that maintain a strong network of bricks and mortar stores, giving them a solid advantage over pure play e-tailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 5 July 2016

Digital intelligence vital for consumer technology brands

Channel data management (CDM) solutions provider Zyme has released research findings that show digital intelligence to be the new battleground for brands wanting to exceed consumer expectations and gain increased levels of customer confidence online. Whilst increasing sales is perhaps an unsurprising priority for 81% of the UK businesses questioned in the independent survey, improving sales insight and performance was close behind at 66%. Improving the customer buying experience was also deemed to be important by 60%. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 5 June 2016

DISTREE Middle East 2016 ends after successful regional consumer technology channel event

The 12th annual DISTREE Middle East draws to a close today, with 500-plus delegates departing after three-days of one-on-one meetings, conference sessions, awards and professional networking opportunities in Abu Dhabi. This week’s event gathered senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading consumer technology retailers and e-tailers in one place at one time. During the three-day event, exhibiting vendors and distributors, representing hundreds of consumer technology brands, held thousands of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers from across the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 May 2016

DISTREE Middle East 2016 workshop sessions announced

DISTREE Middle East has confirmed a packed line-up of workshop sessions for next week’s regional consumer technology retail channel event in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The workshop sessions form part of an extensive conference programme that runs alongside the main exhibition and thousands of one-on-one meetings that take place at the event. This year’s workshop cover a wide variety of topics including customer experience, omnichannel strategy, smart home opportunity, behaviour economics, online trends and identifying market growth drivers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 May 2016

Periscope identifies retailers’ omnichannel woes

Periscope, a McKinsey Solution focusing on price, promotion, and assortment optimisation, has today announced the findings of its latest retailer research. Only 21% of retailers say they are more confident than a year ago on delivering omnichannel experiences, and 45% say progress is not happening fast enough, according to the research. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 22 April 2016

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