October 21, 2017

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Huntkey ties up with Costco in Australia

China-based Huntkey has boosted its retail channel reach in Australia, announcing an agreement with Costco Warehouse. The deal will see Costco Warehouse stock Huntkey’s SAC804 power strip in its stores. Costco is one of the largest warehouse retailers in Australia with a reputation for carrying quality national and regional brands at prices consistently below traditional wholesale or retail outlets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 14 August 2015

Xiaomi teams with Foxconn to ‘Make in India’

Fast-growing smartphone brand Xiaomi has announced that it will team up with Foxconn to manufacture its devices locally in India. The agreement demonstrates Xiaomi’s commitment to Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 August 2015

Croma integrates multichannel approach

Indian technology and consumer electronics retailer Croma has announced plans to integrate its multichannel sales model, combining its physical and online channels into a unified business platform. Croma had been operating its online business, www.cromaretail.com, as a separate business but will now fully integrate with its physical stores to allow new services for customers such as click and collect. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 July 2015

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 launch plans

Vendor giant Microsoft will launch Windows 10 on July 29th with global fan celebrations, joint efforts with thousands of retailers, including all Microsoft store locations, plus a new global advertising campaign. In the Asia Pacific region retailers including Croma in India, plus Bic Camera, Yamada and Yodobashi in Japan, will all introduce programmes to help people easily upgrade. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 22 July 2015

Papp leaves Hungary for Microsoft APAC role

Vendor giant Microsoft has appointed István Papp as VP for sales, marketing and services in Asia Pacific (APAC). In his new role, Papp will lead regional business operations for Microsoft in APAC, which now spans over 13,500 employees and 100,000 Microsoft partners across 12 subsidiaries. Papp joins Microsoft APAC after four years as the general manager of Microsoft Hungary. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 July 2015

Fitbit enters Indian market

Smart fitness device brand Fitbit has made its official debut in the Indian market, launching a range of products through an exclusive tie-up with e-tailer Amazon’s Indian operation. Fitbit products can be ordered now through Amazon India, which will be the exclusive channel for two months. Fitbit will then add additional retail partners and expand its channel reach. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 14 July 2015

Nojima boosts stake in Vietnam’s Tran Anh

Japan-based Nojima Electronics has boosted its shareholding in Vietnamese technology and consumer electronics retailer Tran Anh Digital World JSC. Nojima recently snapped up another 3.7 million shares in the retailer from the Aureos Southeast Asia Fund. The deal represented a 21% stake in Tran Anh and boosted Nojima’s overall shareholding to just under 31%. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 10 July 2015

Microsoft appoints Beaulieu as SMS&P lead for APAC

Vendor giant Microsoft has appointed Valerie Beaulieu as its general manager for small and midmarket solutions and partners (SMS&P) in Asia Pacific (APAC). Beaulieu will be responsible for developing the company’s SMB offerings for APAC. She will also be driving overall channel engagement for the Microsoft partner community, which is key in expanding the company’s reach in the region as more than 95% of Microsoft’s business is done through partners in Asia. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 10 July 2015

Huawei targets retail channel for smartphone sales in India

Device vendor Huawei will utilise India’s expansive retail channels to boost sales of four smartphone models, which the company is launching in the country. P Sanjeev, sales director devices business at Huawei India, said: "To reach out to our consumers in key markets, the Huawei range will be available through a strong distribution network in offline retail beginning with a 1000 stores rollout in the next 4-8 weeks.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 10 July 2015

Wearables gain momentum in Australia

Research house GfK’s most recent analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Australia indicates that the total market value hit US$3.7 billion in the first quarter of 2015 – up 9.2% year-on-year. The value of the telecoms segment rocketed 25% year-on-year to US$1.05 billion, driven by strong demand for smartphones and wearables. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 9 July 2015

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