February 24, 2017

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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

HMD Global is new home of Nokia phones

Nokia has confirmed that the strategic agreement covering branding rights and intellectual property licensing with HMD Global Oy (HMD), originally announced on May 18, 2016 has come into force. HMD has today announced the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited (a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industries trading as Foxconn Technology Group) and Microsoft, which means that HMD can begin operations as the new home of Nokia phones, under an exclusive global brand licence for the next ten years, excluding Japan. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 8 December 2016

Vuzix to showcase iWear video headphones

Vuzix will showcase its iWear video headphones to consumer tech distributors at DISTREE EMEA 2017, which takes place from February 21-24th in Monaco. With 400-plus senior executives from the region’s top distributors set to gather in one place at one time, the event is the ultimate channel gateway for consumer tech products. The iWear video headphones tap into two of DISTREE EMEA’s 2017 focus categories: gaming and mobile. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 28 November 2016

Ingram Micro to host cloud event in Dubai

Distributor Aptec, an Ingram Micro company, will host its inaugural Cloud Summit 2016 event for channel partners and prospects across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region later this month. Ingram Micro Cloud Summit META will take place in Dubai from November 13-15th. The event hopes to attract hundreds of the region’s solution providers, cloud service providers, cloud vendors, telcos, hosters, ISVs, and other cloud visionaries. Event sponsors include Microsoft, Dropbox, Cloud4C, Oracle, and eleven other cloud industry leaders. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 9 November 2016

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