June 19, 2018

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Exclusive Group sales climb 38% in 2017

VAD outfit Exclusive Group has announced its best financial results to date. The company claims that the results establish it as one of the largest cyber and cloud transformation distributors in the world. Total sales in 2017 climbed 38% year-on-year to hit US$2.16 billion. Exclusive Group claims that it is now ‘the go-to VAD for cyber and cloud migration on a global scale’. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 6 March 2018

Tech Data recruits Deklerck for SVP role

Distribution colossus Tech Data has recruited Dominique Deklerck as senior VP for Benelux, Iberia and Italy. Deklerck is an IT distribution industry veteran, having served for more than 25 years at rival distributor Ingram Micro, where he held a number of senior leadership roles including executive managing director, Belux, Italy, and Brazil; VP and deputy managing director, China; VP, business development, Singapore; and, most recently, in a global role as VP operations performance. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 March 2018

INTERVIEW: Marco Andresen, Lenovo

Vendor giant Lenovo remains strongly committed to indirect channels as it pursues its three-wave strategy to lead in core business areas, grow in key segments and invest in emerging technologies. With its new Engage partner programme up and running, Lenovo wants to simplify how it works with channel partners across EMEA. Last month at CES, Channel EMEA caught up with Marco Andresen, EMEA COO, VP EMEA Channel at Lenovo, to get the inside track on the vendor’s regional channel priorities and objectives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 February 2018

ALSO establishes transformation team

Distribution giant ALSO has established an interdisciplinary transformation executive team (TET). The new TET team will drive forward ALSO’s transformation into an end-to-end solutions provider, according to the distributor. The 12-member TET, which consists of digital natives and experienced employees between the ages of 31 and 55, is to play an active role in shaping the company’s digitalisation, optimising business structures and developing new business models. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 26 February 2018

Archos launches cryptocurrency hardware wallet

Archos will offer cryptocurrency enthusiasts a hardware wallet to secure their bitcoins and other currencies, to ensure cold storage of private keys and to prevent hacking attempts. The Archos Safe-T mini will be available starting June 2018, at €49.99 (US$61.53). The Archos Safe-T mini is the first development of the Archos research and development team in this field. The team provided its expertise in securing cold storage data, and in designing and developing the Archos Safe-T mini. To ensure the process traceability, the device will be manufactured in France. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 23 February 2018

Distributor winners announced for ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2018 Awards’ at DISTREE EMEA

The ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2018 Awards’ were held in conjunction with regional consumer tech channel hosted buyer event DISTREE EMEA 2018. The awards included a series of 11 awards for consumer technology distributors, with the winners announced during DISTREE EMEA, which took place in Monaco. A total of 11 distributors received awards with ABC Data, ALSO, ASBIS, CMS Distribution, Esprinet, Exertis, Ingram Micro, Merlion, Mitsumi, Redington and Tech Data all winning one apiece. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 21 February 2018

DISTREE EMEA 2018 Diamond Award winners confirmed after live vote by channel partners

The global DISTREE Diamonds award series for consumer technology brands continued at DISTREE EMEA 2018 earlier this month. The recipients of DISTREE Diamond Awards were determined by live voting from distributors and channel partners during the Gala Dinner at this year’s DISTREE EMEA consumer tech channel hosted buyer event in Monaco from February 6th to 9th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 19 February 2018

ALSO boosts sales and profits in 2017

Distribution giant ALSO boosted its sales 11.4% year-on-year in calendar 2017 to hit €8.9 billion (US$10.99 billion). Net profits for the year jumped 11.2% to €92.5m (US$114.24m) – a net profit margin of 1.04%. The company has raided its proposed dividend by 22.2% on the back of the results. Gustavo Möller-Hergt, CEO of ALSO Holding, said: “This is an excellent result. We have exceeded our goals for 2017, while continuing to drive the transformation of our company forward and consistently implementing our strategy.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuvias appointed EMEA distributor for BlueJeans Network

VAD Nuvias has signed a pan-EMEA distribution agreement with BlueJeans Network, a cloud service to connect desktops, mobile devices and room systems in one video meeting. BlueJeans brings video, audio and web conferencing together with the collaboration tools people use every day. Nuvias will be bundling the BlueJeans’ platform with videoconferencing devices from Polycom to provide solutions which scale from SMEs up to large enterprises. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 14 February 2018

DISTREE EMEA 2018 concludes in Monaco

The 16th annual DISTREE Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) consumer tech regional channel event finished last Friday in Monaco. Hundreds of tech brands were represented at this year’s event, holding pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from the region’s leading distributors, retailers and channel partners. DISTREE EMEA 2018 took place at the Fairmont Hotel, running from February 6th to 9th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 February 2018

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