April 30, 2017

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New ‘MMR20’ programme launched for leading consumer technology brands participating at DISTREE Middle East

DISTREE Events has announced the launch of a new exclusive vendor programme for DISTREE Middle East, which takes place on 10-12th May 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The new programme, called ‘MMR20’, is reserved for consumer technology brands that have demonstrated a sustained retail leadership position in one or more product categories across the Middle East during the last year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 12 April 2016

DISTREE Middle East invites consumer technology channel to submit applications for MERA initiative awards

DISTREE Events has confirmed a deadline of Sunday May 1st to enter the four submission-based awards, which form part of the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2016 Awards’ taking place at next month’s DISTREE Middle East. The annual MERA Awards, taking place for the 9th consecutive year in 2016, celebrate excellence in the region’s technology and consumer electronics (CE) retail channel. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 8 April 2016

Laut eyes Middle East retail channel growth

Apple accessories brand Laut plans to increase its Middle East retail channel reach in 2016. Laut is participating at DISTREE Middle East, the premier annual channel event for consumer technology brands. Christian Morgenstern, founder and CEO at Laut International, said: “We believe the entire Middle East represents a growth opportunity for Laut. Good products create good business opportunities for retailers in the Middle East.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 8 April 2016

Orange buys €75m stake in Africa Internet Group

Telecoms operator Orange has acquired a €75m (US$85.5m) equity stake in Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and longstanding investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet. Through this investment, which will be accompanied by a series of strategic partnerships between the subsidiaries of the two groups, Orange will help online marketplace Jumia and other websites run by Africa Internet Group to accelerate their growth and seize development opportunities in Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 7 April 2016

Lime Concepts drives retail growth through innovation

Dubai-based consumer technology distributor Lime Concepts reckons that portfolio innovation is vital for retailers looking to maintain sales growth. Dushyant Nagpal, managing partner at Lime Concepts, stated: “Retailers should work with us because we not only bring great products [to market]; we add new categories. We have been pioneers in kids tech products and can proudly claim the widest range of products in the category - including tablet cases, volume limiting headphones, Disney licenced tech products, gaming toothbrush accessories and more.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 7 April 2016

Device42 adds Meta Byte as Middle East distributor

Device42, a provider of datacentre infrastructure management (DCIM) software, has partnered with Meta Byte Technologies, a Dubai-based IT solutions provider. Under the agreement, Meta Byte Technologies will act as a distributor providing sales and support services in the Middle East and Africa region for Device42’s datacentre management software solution. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 April 2016

G Data MEA appoints channel sales manager

Security solutions player G Data MEA has appointed Mohammed Raziuddin Amir as its new channel sales manager for Asia, Middle East & Africa (MEA). Amir joins G Data MEA with more than 20 years of experience in IT sales, specialising in antivirus and security software sales. The appointment was announced by Security Triggers (Striggers), a master distributor for G Data in the MEA region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 6 April 2016

VSUN targets GCC virtual reality market

Smartphone brand VSUN hopes to capture a large slice of the GCC’s virtual reality (VR) market by targeting consumers who are demanding high-performance smartphones with cutting-edge technology. VSUN reckons that VR will appeal to GCC consumers, given the large gaming community across the Middle East. While VR is still evolving in the region, VSUN hopes to secure a first-mover advantage by introducing the first of its stylish VR-equipped products in the market before its competitors Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 1 April 2016

Office 1 Gulf confirmed for DISTREE Middle East

This year’s DISTREE Middle East event on 10-12th May 2016 will see retailers and e-tailers from across the region gather in Abu Dhabi for three days of one-on-one meetings and professional networking with consumer technology brands. Retailer Office 1 Gulf is confirmed to attend and keen to talk to brands looking to further develop their business in the Qatari market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 1 April 2016

LG gram launched in Bahrain

LG Electronics (LG) has teamed up with distributor AJM Kooheji Group to launch the superlight LG gram laptop in Bahrain through an exclusive partnership with telecoms provider Batelco. Available in shades of white and gold, the LG gram series - consisting of two models with 14” and 15.6” screens - will be initially available in all Batelco stores in Bahrain. Installment-based purchase schemes are available for product buyers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 31 March 2016

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