October 18, 2017

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Rapid growth predicted for smartwatch shipments

The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that global smartwatch shipments will hit 36 million units per annum by 2018 driven by new multifunction device capabilities. Juniper’s crystal ball sees rapid growth for the nascent product category in the years ahead. For 2013, smartwatch shipments are expected to reach 1 million units. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 30 August 2013

JB Hi-Fi reports full year results

Australia-based ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retailer JB Hi-Fi has reported sales up 5.8% year-on-year at AUD$3.31 billion (US$3.05 billion) for the year ending June 30th 2013. Sales for the second half of the fiscal year were up 10.3% year-on-year. JB Hi-Fi’s gross margin climbed to 21.5% from 21.1% and pre-tax margins inched up to 5.4% compared to 5.2% the previous fiscal year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 19 August 2013

Storage Products Association (SPA) established

Storage giant WD has set up a new association to promote magnetic storage technologies. WD has teamed up with other hard drive companies to establish the Storage Products Association (SPA). The SPA, which also includes HGST, Seagate and Toshiba as members, plans to make consumers and professionals aware of how critical hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are to their digital lives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 14 August 2013

EMS bags Blackberry award

Mobile distributor Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) has picked up a partnership award from device vendor Blackberry. The award was presented for record-breaking regional sales of Blackerry smartphones, and celebrates the strong partnership that EMS and BlackBerry have enjoyed for the last six years. EMS is one of the largest distributors of Blackberry smartphones and accessories in the region, supporting 100 mobile phone operators in 56 countries across the Middle East, Africa, CIS, South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 August 2013

Red Hat names new global alliances VP

Open source solutions provider Red Hat has appointed Scott Musson as its new VP of global strategic alliances. Musson, previously at VMware, will be responsible for Red Hat’s global alliance, system integrator and ISV relationships, and will manage Red Hat’s strategic relationships with HP, IBM, Dell and Cisco. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 9 July 2013

Amazon.in targets electronics e-tail in India

E-tailer Amazon.in has enlarged its product scope to include electronics products. Indian consumers can access three new online Amazon.in stores covering mobiles and accessories, camera and photography, plus portable media players. Amazon.in, which operates as a marketplace in India, claims that it will stock more than 20,000 SKUs from more than 200 brands, with more than 150 retailers using its site as an e-tail platform. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 26 June 2013

Nokia to debut Asha 501 in APAC markets

Mobile device vendor Nokia will start selling its new Asha 501 smartphone in Pakistan and Thailand this week, with availability in India to follow shortly. The three Asia-Pacific markets will be the first countries to sell the device, which represents a new generation of smartphones for Nokia running on the Asha platform. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 June 2013

Redington India adds Lenovo smartphone rights

Distribution giant Redington India has announced that it has added in-country distribution rights for Lenovo smartphones. Redington informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) of the tie-up earlier today. As a national distributor for Lenovo smartphones, Redington will push the products to its extensive channel customer base. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 24 June 2013

Weisler takes on global role at HP

Vendor giant HP has confirmed changes to its senior executive line-up. Dion Weisler, currently senior VP for HP printing and personal systems (PPS) in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) becomes global executive VP for PPS at HP. Weisler replaces Todd Bradley in the role. Bradley will take on a new position at HP as executive VP of strategic growth initiatives. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 June 2013

Ingram Micro rejigs global executive team

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has rejigged its global executive team, announcing a number of new appointments. Effective August 1st 2013, John Soumbasakis, 43, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Asia Pacific, and Gerhard Schulz, 50, will be promoted to senior executive VP and president Europe. Mike Zilis, 43, will assume the role of executive VP and president, Latin America, effective January 4th 2014. As part of the shake-up there are also new roles for Shailendra Gupta, and Alain Maquet. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 7 June 2013

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