March 25, 2017

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Ricoh extends Rectron partnership

Ricoh South Africa (SA) has extended its distribution deal with Rectron. Two years into the partnership, the imaging vendor’s agreement with Rectron has been extended to include first and second line support for the majority of Ricoh devices it sells. Rectron adds Ricoh equipment to its extensive service portfolio. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 13 April 2015

Dell creates META business region

Vendor giant Dell has announced the creation of a new Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) business region. The company claims that the move will help strengthen its presence in the region and create a new scalable structure that can provide additional support to partners and customers. Driss Elougmani will lead Dell’s META business. Dell’s South Africa business will continue to remain a separate organisation. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 2 April 2015

Jua Energy targets key African markets

Solar-powered systems and technology accessories brand Jua Energy has expanded its channel reach into Kenya. The company, founded in 2012 has now got African presence in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya. The company also sells its products in India. Jua products are targeted at consumers who lack access to electricity. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 1 April 2015

Jumia expands operations in Ivory Coast

E-tailer Jumia is continuing its rapid expansion in Africa. The company has announced the opening of six new hubs in the Ivory Coast in the cities of Yamoussoukro, Bouaké, San Pedro, Daloa, Gagnoa, and Korogho. Jumia reckons that its new in-country points of presence will help it achieve its goal of revolutionising the shopping habits of all Ivorians. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 20 March 2015

Quantum’s value proposition

Any strategy lives or dies on the basis of its customer value proposition, according to Faraz Ali Khan, marketing manager at tablet brand Quantum. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 19 March 2015

Mitsumi picks up African distributor award

African distributor Mitsumi picked up a regional accolade at the recent ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2015 Awards’, which took place in conjunction with DISTREE EMEA in Monaco. Mitsumi was named African Distributor of the Year, based on the results of an online poll of technology and consumer electronics retailer and e-tailer executives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 March 2015

Esquire picks up exclusive rights for MyWiGo smartphones

South Africa-based distributor Esquire Technologies has picked up exclusive rights for smartphone brand MyWiGo. The first phase of the deal will see MyWiGo sell 50,000 units through Esquire’s extensive channel customer base in Southern Africa. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 February 2015

Positivo and BGH announce African joint venture

Brazil-based PC and device brand Positivo Informatica has announced an expansion of its international manufacturing joint venture with BGH Group. After success in Latin America, Positivo and BGH have now set their sights on opportunities in Africa. The two companies have signed an agreement with the government of Rwanda to produce and sell educational devices under the Positivo BGH brand in the national market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 27 November 2014

Smart bulbs market set to soar

The market for residential smart bulbs is set to soar in the next few years, according to projections from ABI Research. The embryonic market for connected LED or ‘smart’ light bulbs saw less than 2.5 million units shipped in 2013. ABI reckons that falling LED prices and the endorsement of ZigBee Light Link as the preferred connectivity solution by a number of leading lighting manufacturers means that annual smart bulb shipments are set to increase to 223 million by 2020, achieving a total installed base of over 400 million. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 November 2014

GfK Summits to form part of expanded conference programme at future DISTREE events

DISTREE Events has announced an extension of its global agreement with Event Partner GfK. As part of an expanded relationship, international market research firm GfK will host and deliver dedicated GfK Summits at each DISTREE event taking place around the world. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 18 August 2014

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