March 25, 2017

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BDL Gulf appoints new CEO

Middle East distributor BDL Gulf has appointed Khaled Osman as its new CEO. The appointment follows the recent acquisition of BDL Gulf by Saudi Arabia-based conglomerate Al-Sudais Group. Osman will head and manage BDL Gulf’s entire GCC operations, driving growth and cementing the company’s position in the traditional IT, wholesale and consumer electronics distribution space. In addition, Osman will also be responsible for guiding the company as it looks to expand its vendor alliances and drive in-country channel development strategies. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 May 2016

Souq.com opens Microsoft online store for Saudi Arabia and UAE

Souq.com, a Middle East online retail and marketplace platform, has announced the launch of the Microsoft online store, providing consumers in the Saudi Arabia and UAE with a destination for Microsoft’s ecosystem of products, ranging from devices to software, including third-party products. Accessible at the Souq.com website in Saudi Arabia and UAE, the Microsoft online store will offer shipping, 24x7 online site access and customer support for all of Microsoft’s category-leading brands, including Xbox, Surface devices and Lumia smartphones. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 May 2016

INTERVIEW: Ashish Bharti, Redington Gulf

Redington Gulf is a Platinum Sponsor of this month’s DISTREE Middle East retail channel event in Abu Dhabi. Redington has carved out a reputation as a powerful regional retail distributor and will use its participation at DISTREE Middle East to showcase its expansive retail product portfolio and meet both existing and potential new retailer and e-tailer partners from across the region. Channel Middle East caught up with Ashish Bharti, President at Redington Gulf, to learn more about the company’s plans. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 5 May 2016

DISTREE Middle East 2016 workshop sessions announced

DISTREE Middle East has confirmed a packed line-up of workshop sessions for next week’s regional consumer technology retail channel event in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The workshop sessions form part of an extensive conference programme that runs alongside the main exhibition and thousands of one-on-one meetings that take place at the event. This year’s workshop cover a wide variety of topics including customer experience, omnichannel strategy, smart home opportunity, behaviour economics, online trends and identifying market growth drivers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 May 2016

Linksys debuts in-store Wi-Fi clinic in UAE

Help is now at hand for UAE residents whose home Wi-Fi networks are not as healthy as they should be, thanks to a new innovation from networking vendor, Linksys. The new Wi-Fi clinic, first introduced in collaboration with retail giant Carrefour, offers quick and easy troubleshooting with highly trained Wi-Fi doctors on hand to offer advice and make sure home networks are fit and healthy. Linksys is a Platinum Sponsor of next week’s DISTREE Middle East retail channel event, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from May 10-12th. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 May 2016

Lulu and Ctroniq team up for Saudi Arabia promotion

Mobile device brand Ctroniq will team up with hypermarket chain Lulu for a ‘Digital Week’ promotion in Saudi Arabia running at the end of April and beginning of May. Sumesh C. Mohan, central buyer at Lulu Saudi Arabia, said: “Lulu has become one of the leading hypermarkets chain in Saudi Arabia and has marked its growth trajectory year-on-year in the consumer electronics segment. We are pleased to continue our association with Ctroniq for the third consecutive year.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 29 April 2016

Al Hosani confirmed for DISTREE Middle East

The Middle East’s leading distributors of consumer technology products are exhibiting at next month’s DISTREE Middle East channel event in Abu Dhabi. The unique ‘trade only’ event gives distributors unparalleled access to senior buyers and top executives from the region’s most influential retailers and e-tailers. Each distributor sets up a series of pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with buyers, giving them a powerful platform to showcase their vendor portfolio and outline their retail channel strategy for 2016. Al Hosani is one of dozens of top distributors already signed up to exhibit at this year’s event. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 27 April 2016

PNY Technologies targets Middle East expansion

Multicategory vendor PNY Technologies has now opened a Middle East operation and plans to establish strong relationships with the region’s leading retailers and e-tailers. PNY Technologies has also confirmed its participation at next month’s DISTREE Middle East, which takes place in Abu Dhabi from 10-12th May. DISTREE Middle East is the region’s leading annual event for the retail channel, giving exhibitors the opportunity to pre-schedule one-on-one meetings with senior executives and buyers from top retailers and e-tailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 25 April 2016

Aptec adds Acronis rights in MEA

Middle East and Africa distributor Aptec, which is part of Ingram Micro, has signed a distribution deal with Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection solutions for physical, virtual, and cloud environments. With this agreement, Ingram Micro is now authorised to distribute Acronis to channel partners in United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and South Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 18 April 2016

Crumpler ready to expand Middle East retail reach

Bags brand Crumpler is ready to expand its retail reach and build consumer awareness in the Middle East region. The Crumpler brand now has a European operation based out of Cologne, Germany, and is keen to spread the brand message to business partners and consumers alike. Ely Werneck, international key account manager at Crumpler, said: “Our goal [at DISTREE Middle East] is to meet our existing partners in the region and also identify potential new partners that can drive our business forward and help us introduce new collections we have developed for this market.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 15 April 2016

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