October 21, 2018

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The Rock(y) horror show

UK-based performance gaming notebook vendor Rock has gone under. The company, which had annual sales of approximately US$10m, called in the administrators after facing cashflow difficulties. The company’s demise is linked to the actions of ex-employee, Paul Bicknell, currently serving a three-year prison sentence after admitting nine charges of theft from Rock totalling US$440,000. Bicknell also admitted burgling Rock premises one month after resigning from the company. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 May 2008

Best Buy makes European move

US retail giant Best Buy has crossed the pond for a crack at the European market. The IT and consumer electronics retailing giant has struck a deal with independent mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, Best Buy is acquiring a 50% stake in Carphone Warehouse’s European and US retail operations for US$2.1 billion cash. The new venture plans to introduce Best Buy stores across Europe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 May 2008

Cyberoam adds e92plus as UK distributor

Unified threat management (UTM) appliance vendor Cyberoam has strengthened its UK channel with the appointment of e92plus as a distribution partner. Cyberoam reckons that e92plus’ strong partner network and experience of the UK security market will enhance both the availability and the reach of Cyberoam UTM appliances in the UK market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 May 2008

Tandberg Data adds Micro-P in UK

Back-up and archiving solutions provider Tandberg Data has signed a UK distribution agreement with Micro-Peripherals (Micro-P). Tandberg Data reckons that its new distribution agreement will allow it to increase its UK market penetration and provide focused storage expertise to the channel. Tandberg Data will continue to work with its two current UK distributors, Northamber and CMS Peripherals. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 7 May 2008

Asbis lands in Latvia

Emerging markets distribution powerhouse Asbis has accelerated its international expansion with the launch of a new sales office in Latvia, boosting the company’s presence in the Baltic markets. Asbis Latvia will supply a wide range of IT products from a number of world class vendors to the local reseller community from its new sales office. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 7 May 2008

Rocom picks up UK Ericsson deal

Distribution outfit Rocom, part of the AT Communications (ATC) Group, has secured a deal with Ericsson to act as UK master distributor for the vendor’s voice, data and mobility applications for small, medium and large enterprises. ATC reckons that the deal will deliver several million pounds of additional sales for the group with ATC’s Servassure division providing ongoing maintenance on the Ericsson kit sold. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 2 May 2008

Comtrade and Hermes Softlab form regional giant

Comtrade Group, one of the largest IT companies in South East Europe, has purchased Slovenian software and IT services powerhouse Hermes Softlab. Unicredit Group provided both debt and equity financing for Comtrade and will become a 21% minority shareholder in the combined entity. The combined group boasts 1,600 employees, annual sales of approximately US$465m and operations in 14 countries. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 May 2008

Force10 storms into UK channel

High performance player Force10 has stormed into the UK channel with the appointment of Zycko as the company’s first in-country distributor. Force 10 Networks claims that its high performance networks fit perfectly into Zycko’s open-standard solutions strategy. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 April 2008

Ceiva enters European retail channel

Connected digital photo frame vendor Ceiva has struck a European retail agreement with DSGi. Ceiva offers fully connected frames which every day automatically receive new photos sent from family and friends anywhere in the world. The Ceiva frames will now be available throughout the UK and Europe through select DSGi retailers including Currys, PC World, online and Pixmania.com. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 30 April 2008

Avnet starts Belgian hub expansion

Global distribution and services giant Avnet has started work on a 10,000 square metre expansion of its central distribution centre in Tongeren, Belgium. The centre houses a pan-European distribution and logistics operation. It also includes an integration centre, primarily serving Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) customers in EMEA. The extension at Tongeren will take the area of the facility to 34,000 square metres – equivalent to approximately five football pitches. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 29 April 2008

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