March 29, 2017

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Amazon reaches agreement to buy Souq.com

NASDAQ-quoted Amazon has reached an agreement to acquire SOUQ.com, a major e-commerce player in the Middle East. The move ignites an intriguing battle for e-commerce supremacy in the fast-growing region, with Noon.com, which has financial backing from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, due to launch in the coming weeks. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 28 March 2017

Tech Data recognised for excellence in EMEA distribution

Tech Data today announced that it has been named Distributor of the Year in five regional categories in the ‘EMEA Channel Academy: 2017 Awards’. The awards were held in conjunction with the DISTREE EMEA event, which was held recently in Monaco. Stephen Nolan, senior VP broadline, mobility, CE and services at Tech Data Europe, said: “The fact that these awards are decided on the votes of our channel partners is especially pleasing, as it demonstrates Tech Data’s strong relationships, excellence in execution and ability to drive growth through end-to end distribution services and solutions.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 21 March 2017

Mobile growth continues in MEA markets

Research company Counterpoint reckons that mobile handset shipments in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region were up 16% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2016. Smartphones represented 80% of the handset shipments in the region. The MEA region accounted for 14% of total global shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016. In comparison, China and India combined accounted for 37% of global handset shipments, according to Counterpoint. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 6 March 2017

Comet ‘buoyant’ on floating smartphone demand

Comet will showcase ‘the world’s first buoyant smartphone’ at this week’s DISTREE EMEA event in Monaco, bringing distributors from across the region up to speed on the product’s features and technology. Comet has been working on testing and manufacturing processes for the last 12 months and is now ready to build out its routes-to-market. A pre-order campaign resulted in orders from 42 countries and interest from distributors in Europe, Asia and North America. In total, Comet has already secured orders for 500,000 devices, according to the vendor. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 20 February 2017

XTOUCH recognises Redington’s role

Consumer electronics brand XTOUCH has named Middle East and Africa distribution giant Redington as its best strategic partner of the year for 2016. XTOUCH recognised Redington for its outstanding contribution it has made towards the growth of XTOUCH brand in the region. Since 2013, the two companies have been working closely to build XTOUCH’s brand in the smartphone market and increase market share. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 19 February 2017

Game, set and channel match for QLIPP

New smart tech products will take centre stage at this week’s DISTREE EMEA channel event in Monaco. Brands from around the world will hold pre-scheduled meetings with top distributors as they look to launch, build or manage routes-to-market across the region. Singapore-based QLIPP is hoping it will be game, set and channel match for its smart tennis dampener as it looks to recruit new channel partners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 19 February 2017

INTERVIEW: Soum Rakshit, MysteryVibe

Have you heard the saying sex sells? The crossover between sex toys and connected technologies has created a fast-growing sextech sector, that represents a significant growth opportunity for forward thinking distributors. Channel EMEA caught up with Soum Rakshit, CEO & Co-Founder, MysteryVibe, ahead of the company’s participation at this week’s DISTREE EMEA in Monaco, to find out more about the channel opportunity and market potential. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 19 February 2017

CONTEXT identifies omnichannel opportunities

Research house CONTEXT will deliver a keynote speech as part of next week’s DISTREE EMEA regional channel event in Monaco. In the run-up to the event, CONTEXT has identified five key distributor opportunities in an omnichannel world. For today’s consumers, omnichannel is their ’new normal’, according to CONTEXT. They now shop and purchase anytime and everywhere. What this means for traditional retailers is that they must become more flexible and ‘seamless’. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 17 February 2017

Panasonic Toughbook appoints European partner manager

Panasonic Toughbook has appointed Sylvaine Smith as its head of partner management for Europe to further expand its share of the rugged notebook, tablet and handheld markets with industry solution-focused partnerships. Panasonic claims to hold 66% share of European revenues for rugged notebooks and convertibles, and 59% revenue share for rugged tablets, meaning the Panasonic Toughbook and Toughpad range sold more devices across Europe than the rest of the rugged notebook and tablet competition combined. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 January 2017

Kaymera launches secured Pixel smartphone

Kaymera, a leader in mobile security for enterprises and government organisations, has today announced the launch of the Kaymera Secured Pixel, a unique fully-hardened and secured version of Google’s flagship smartphone. Kaymera’s secured version of the Pixel phone uses the original Google device’s purpose-built hardware and retains all of the Pixel’s features and ergonomics, including the fingerprint scanner. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 12 January 2017

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