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Rakuten announces deal

Japanese e-commerce outfit Rakuten has announced that it will snap up Jersey-based e-retailer for US$38.6m cash. The definitive agreement to purchase has been approved by Rakuten’s board of directors. Rakuten claims that the deal marks a significant step in its ingoing European and global expansion plan. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 22 September 2011

ATS launches SolutionsPath in UK

VAD outfit Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) has launched its SolutionsPath methodology in the UK. The new programme features dedicated technology teams to help Avnet’s business partners target specialised, high-growth markets. ATS has launched four technology practices that utilise the SolutionsPath methodology: storage and data management; data centre optimisation and virtualisation; unified communications, collaboration and mobility, and cloud computing. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 September 2011

Tech Data snaps up Autodesk VAD assets

Distribution giant Tech Data has struck a deal to acquire certain assets relating to the VAD business of Man and Machine in Europe. Man and Machine operates as a VAD in the design software market in Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Benelux, Poland and Romania. The deal, which is expected to close by the end of October, will strengthen the position of TDDatech, Tech Data’s design software division. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 12 September 2011

All-in-one laser printer sales climb

Market research company Context reckons that printer sales across EMEA dropped 4.4% year-on-year during the second quarter of 2011. Despite the overall drop, unit sales of all-in-one (AIO) laser printers bucked the trend, climbing 20% year-on-year as buyers moved away from single-function machines and consumers across Western Europe stopped buying AIO inkjet printers according to Context. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 11 September 2011

Oktabit adds Samsung rights

Greek distributor Oktabit has expanded its product portfolio, striking a deal with Samsung Electronics. Under the terms of the agreement, Oktabit will distribute Samsung’s IT products within Greece. The deal covers a range of products including notebooks, netbooks, monitors and printers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 7 September 2011

Context offers post-HP PC analysis

Research house Context has offered some insight into what HP’s decision to head for the exit door in the PC and tablet space really means for the European distribution channel. Context reckons that the channel is well positioned to cope with the disappearance of HP revenues, highlighting the fact that the vendor’s share of Europe PC distribution sales has fallen from 44% at the beginning of 2008 to 31% by the end of 2010. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 25 August 2011

Zycko opens Polish office

VAD outfit Zycko has opened its first office in Poland, continuing its rapid expansion across European markets. The new Polish team will be responsible for growing Zycko’s market share across the country, with a technology focus on storage, networking and cloud back-up solutions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 12 August 2011

Magirus expands online VMware training

VAD outfit Magirus has announced plans to make its VMware certified professional (VCP) courses available online across EMEA from this month onwards. The interactive web-based, instructor-led courses mirror traditional classroom training, including a hands-on technology lab. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 12 July 2011

Systemax earns Dell stripes

Dell has announced Systemax Europe Technology as the first partner in EMEA to achieve its networking and security certification. Systemax is a European reseller and includes Misco UK as part of its operation. The new Dell certification also sees Systemax achieve preferred partner status. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 12 July 2011

Ingram Micro launches V7 projector lamps

V7, the in-house brand of distribution giant Ingram Micro, has launched a range of projector lamps in Europe. The V7 projector lamps are fully compatible with most of today’s leading manufacturer models. V7 lamps offer a competitive price without compromising quality, reliability or longevity, according to Ingram Micro. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 15 June 2011

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