December 15, 2018

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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

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

i-Life signs distribution deal in Pakistan

Fast-growing device brand i-Life has signed Muller & Phipps (M&P), a subsidiary of Techsirat, as a distribution partner in Pakistan. i-Life is one of fastest growing PC brands in the region with presence across 50 countries spanning the Middle East, Turkey, Africa, CIS, India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Deepak Bhatia, i-Life’s global director for sales and marketing, said: “M&P unparalleled reach it a natural choice for Pakistan market. We are happy to partner with M&P to continue bringing world-class yet affordable products for consumers across Pakistan.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 10 September 2018

Tech Data forms European agreement with Schneider

Distributor Tech Data has announced a pan-European agreement Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation for homes, buildings, datacentres, infrastructure and industries. Through this partnership, Tech Data customers will have improved access to the APC by Schneider portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 5 September 2018

GTDC adds new members

The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) has announced the addition of three new members: CMS Distribution, Siewert & Kau and Tessco Technologies. The new members support the GTDC’s continued global expansion while further demonstrating the success and growth of distribution worldwide, according to the association. Tim Curran, CEO at GTDC, said: “The role of distribution is as important as ever at the center of technology ecosystems.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 24 August 2018

ASBIS adds TYAN rights

ASBIS has becomes an official distributor of TYAN in EMEA emerging markets. The distribution agreement covers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Baltic States, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa. Robby Lin, senior director of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN business unit, said: "We are excited about partnering with ASBIS and bringing TYAN server solutions to the EMEA markets." Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 August 2018

Alibaba Cloud and ABC Data form partnership

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has entered into a strategic partnership with ABC Data, a leading IT hardware and consumer electronics distributor in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The agreement aims to bring powerful, reliable and cost-effective cloud computing products and services to the CEE market in a bid to help local businesses capture opportunities during the digital age. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 August 2018

New Structured Wishlist system launched for DISTREE EMEA

DISTREE Events has launched a new Structured Wishlist system for its flagship hosted buyer tech and consumer electronics (CE) channel event. Confirmed exhibitors participating at DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) 2019, which takes place on February 19th to 22nd in Monaco, will have access to the new system, which allows them to nominate specific channel partners they wish to hold one-on-one meetings with at the event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 August 2018

Fruugo appoints Hancox as Chairman

Fruugo.com, the fast-growing global marketplace platform has announced that Mike Hancox, previously CEO of Ideal Shopping and former CEO of Shop Direct and former CEO of Otto UK (part of the world’s largest home shopping group), has been appointed as Chairman of Fruugo.com Limited. Soaring revenues and four consecutive years of triple digit revenue growth have led the board of Fruugo to consider the next major steps in Fruugo’s global expansion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 16 August 2018

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