October 18, 2017

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DISTREE EMEA consumer technology channel event confirmed for 21-24 February 2017

Representatives from more than 350 distributors of consumer technology products and solutions are set to attend DISTREE EMEA 2017, which takes place from the 21st to 24th February 2017 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The event will attract 200 brands across four tech zones with 1000 delegates expected, including distributors and trade buyers from 50 countries across EMEA. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 30 June 2016

Dixons Carphone takes next step in smart home management

Connected World Services (CWS), a division of retail giant Dixons Carphone, has announced a partnership with Zonoff to offer an IoT-enabled home management and services platform to companies throughout Europe. Zonoff’s leading Consumer IoT technology combined with CWS’ honeyBee platform creates a smart end-to-end platform that companies can use to provide consumers with technology support within their homes. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 23 June 2016

D-Link celebrates 30 years

Networking brand D-Link is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a global player in technology and networking. From a founding group of just seven employees in 1986, the business now has a 2,700-strong workforce across 65 countries worldwide and has achieved double‑digit growth year-over-year for more than two decades. This landmark comes as the Taiwanese multinational enters a new era, following the recent appointment of John Hsuan as chairman. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 21 June 2016

Malwarebytes partners with Wick Hill For pan-EMEA distribution

Malwarebytes, a provider of advanced malware prevention and remediation solutions, has signed Wick Hill as a pan-European value-added distributor (VAD) specialising in security. The agreement supports Malwarebytes’ rapidly growing presence in Europe and continued strategy to expand in the area through channel relationships. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 8 June 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

Zycko picks up EMEA rights for Unitrends

Specialist VAD Zycko has been appointed as EMEA-wide distributor for Unitrends, a leader in cloud empowered continuity solutions. The appointment underpins Unitrends’ strategy to accelerate its channel model and push its new partner engagement programme, whilst supporting its aggressive growth plans across EMEA, initially covering 14 countries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 31 May 2016

Westcoast strikes Adveo deal

Distributor Westcoast has struck a deal with Spain-based office products wholesaler Adveo to take on some of the latter’s assets. The structure of the deal remains unclear with a confusing press release from Adveo raising more questions than it actually answers. Adveo refers to the deal as a partnership with Westcoast that is focused on the electronic office supply (EOS) business. The deal will reduce Adveo’s debt by €80m (US$90m), strip €300m (US$337m) off the company’s revenues and reduce pre-tax profits by €3m (US$3.4m). Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 May 2016

AOC launches AGON gaming brand

Display specialist AOC has officially launched its new gaming brand: AGON. All future AOC gaming product releases will be under the AGON name. AGON will also encompass AOC’s future gaming-related activities and social media voice. Some of AOC’s existing gaming displays, previously grouped together with other products, will be rebranded under AGON. The decision to launch a dedicated gaming brand highlights the growing importance of this growth market to consumer technology brands of all sizes. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 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

One in two would consider sharing smart home data for cash

A worldwide survey by Intel Security has revealed that 54% of respondents would consider sharing their personal data collected from their smart home with companies in exchange for money. A whopping 70% agreed that companies should give coupons and discounts to customers in return for data about device usage, according to a survey of 9,000 global consumers sponsored by Intel Security. The survey also found that 77% of respondents believe smart homes will be as common in 2025 as smartphones are today, but 66% are also very concerned about smart home data being hacked by cybercriminals. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 April 2016

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