October 17, 2017

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Ring signs Al Jammaz as distributor in Saudi Arabia

Smart home security solutions vendor Ring has signed Al Jammaz Distribution as a channel partner in Saudi Arabia. Ring hopes that the distribution deal will help it expand its reach across the Saudi Arabian market, offering customers Ring’s innovative home security products and solutions. Mohammad Meraj Hoda, managing director at Ring, said: “Al Jammaz has been providing technology-driven business solutions in Saudi Arabia for almost a decade and in that time, has succeeded in reaching almost 90% of the Saudi Arabian channel and distribution market.” Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 16 October 2017

Smart home market worth US$6 billion in 2017

Smart home devices are going mainstream, according to the analysts at Futuresource Consulting. Its latest report reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of US$6 billion worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. "The smart home has arrived and its impact is indisputable," said Filipe Oliveira, a market analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 11 October 2017

Jarir opens new outlet in Kuwait

Retailer Jarir Bookstore has extended its regional network, opening a new store in Kuwait. Jarir’s now operates a network of 49 stores across the GCC with four in Kuwait. The new Kuwait store covers more than 3400 square metres and is located in Salmiya Park Boulevard. Jarir has invested just over US$5m in its latest store, which is the fourth new outlet it has opened since the beginning of 2017. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 October 2017

Ingram Micro signed as Kaspersky Middle East training partner

Ingram Micro Training MEA, a provider of instructor-led technical training, has partnered with Kaspersky Lab as training provider for the Middle East Region. With this partnership, Ingram Micro is now authorised to provide certified training for end point solutions of Kaspersky Lab in the GCC. Ingram Micro will provide training services to all Kaspersky Lab customers and partners, aiming to further strengthen the vendor’s training offerings for the channel community. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 October 2017

Exertis adds Warmup smart thermostat rights

Distributor Exertis has added Warmup’s range of smart thermostats to its UK portfolio. The thermostats can be placed anywhere in the home, communicating with a wireless receiver unit which is connected to the central heating system’s boiler, working remotely with a smartphone to provide consumers with an optimised heating solution. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 October 2017

EMEA printer shipments climb

Unit shipments of printer hardware to EMEA improved in the second quarter of 2017, climbing 4% year-on-year, according to data from research house CONTEXT. While there was positive performance across the board, the increase was driven mainly by shipments of multifunction inkjet devices. Sell-in to Western Europe (WE) accounted for almost 70% of all printer hardware shipments to EMEA. Shipments of laser multifunction printers (MFPs) registered growth of 10% year-on-year and were largely responsible for the overall increase. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 21 September 2017

Tech Data UK becomes Fitbit distributor

Tech Data has been appointed as an official UK distributor for the full range of Fitbit activity trackers. The distributor is looking to extend the reach of the wearables to new areas of the market, including the corporate and healthcare sectors. Paul Jacobs, business unit director for CE and accessories, Tech Data, said: “Fitbit motivates people to reach their health and fitness goals by tracking their activity." Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 11 September 2017

Kingston and Marvell celebrate 6 million milestone

Kingston has announced that more than 6 million SSD units have shipped worldwide featuring Marvell controllers. The 6 million units includes both Kingston and HyperX product lines. The feat was accomplished in just over two years, as the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD in February 2015 was the company’s first SSD to ship utilising a Marvell controller. Marvell’s 88SS9293 controller provides fast, next generation SSD performance, making HyperX’s Predator PCIe SSD appealing to system builders and enthusiasts. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 August 2017

TrackR raises US$50m funding

Item tracking solutions vendor TrackR has secured US$50m in Series B funding led by Steve Murray at Revolution Growth, with Foundry Group, Amazon Alexa Fund, DoCoMo Capital, The Glenmede Trust, and Bespoke Strategies also joining the round. The capital will aid the company as it continues creating reliable solutions to quickly find lost items while growing its global community of users. Prior to its Series B, TrackR has raised over US$10m from Foundry Group, Resolute Ventures, IncWell Capital, Orange Fab, Amazon Alexa Fund, and prominent angel investors. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 3 August 2017

Dicker Data adds HDS rights in Australia

Distributor Dicker Data has added Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to its portfolio in Australia. The new agreement allows resellers to capitalise on HDS’ solutions for midmarket and enterprise customers. Diacker Data has also formed a new enterprise data business unit to focus on the digital transformation and IoT opportunity to resellers in the midmarket and enterprise segment. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 17 July 2017

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