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Ingram Micro reports third quarter figures

Global distribution giant Ingram Micro’s worldwide sales were up 1% year-on-year at US$9.03 billion for the third quarter of 2012 ending September 29th. Net profits more than doubled year-on-year to hit US$53.3m. Gross profits rose slightly driven primarily by sales growth in Ingram Micro’s North American high margin business and logistics operations. This increase was tempered by a negative impact created by the fulfilment model used to supply tablet devices. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 1 November 2012

Ingram Micro completes Brightpoint deal

Global distribution giant Ingram Micro has completed its US$650m acquisition of Brightpoint paying US$9 per share in cash for the mobility specialist. Ingram Micro claims that the deal creates a leading global provider of lifecycle services and solutions for the mobile industry. Ingram Micro also believes the deal will give it enhanced customer reach and deep relationships with key vendors, network operators and mobile virtual network operators in the rapidly growing mobile market. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 16 October 2012

Building channels in Argentina and Brazil

DISTREE Latin America 2012 today offered vendors a unique opportunity to get up to speed on channel dynamics in Argentina and Brazil. Chanel Academy workshop sessions offered delegates access to the latest market data and a deeper understanding of important issues such as local tax systems and import regulations. The Argentina session was hosted by national channel association CADMI PyA, with the Brazil session moderated by national distributor association ABRADISTI. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 12 September 2012

60 Seconds to Convince at DISTREE Latin America

Hundreds of Latin America’s top ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retailers and distributors evaluated the latest products ready to hit the regional market today. A total of 26 vendors participated in today’s ‘60 Seconds to Convince’ Awards at DISTREE Latin America 2012, competing in three award categories: product design, product innovation and best presentation. Channel delegates voted live to select the overall winners. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 12 September 2012

Live@DISTREE Latin America 2012

Channel delegates from across Latin America were brought up to speed on the regional strategies for Kaspersky, Port Designs and Energy Sistem at DISTREE Latin America today. Claudio Martinelli, Latin America consumer manager at Kaspersky, started the session, explaining why the security solutions vendor was the smart partnership choice for distributors and retailers in the region. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 September 2012

Microsoft outlines strategy to Latin American channel

Fabricia Degiovanni, consumer channel group lead at Microsoft Argentina and Uruguay, took to the stage at DISTREE Latin America today to discuss the vendor’s plans for the region. Retailers and distributors from across the region attended the session as Degiovanni covered Microsoft’s upcoming product launches and the opportunity for channel partners to tap into consumer demand in the region. “We are convinced we are starting a new era for Microsoft,” declared Degiovanni. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 11 September 2012

Global PC sales flat in second quarter

Preliminary data from research house Gartner claims that second quarter 2012 global PC sales were down 0.1% in unit terms year-on-year at 87.5 million units. It is important to note that Gartner’s data includes desktops, notebooks and netbooks, but not tablets. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 18 July 2012

Microsoft touts channel opportunities

Vendor giant Microsoft kicked off its worldwide partner conference yesterday. CEO Steve Ballmer told channel delegates about product milestones and opportunities for partners as Microsoft entered a ‘new era’. The four-day partner conference aims to recognise the achievements of Microsoft’s 640,000 partners worldwide and give delegates a glimpse of what to expect in the year ahead. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 July 2012

First quarter growth in Chilean market

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Chile has revealed that the total market value grew 3.3% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2012 to hit US$732.4m, driven by growth in multiple product segments including consumer electronics and IT, plus office kit and consumables. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 July 2012

Westcon builds Latin America presence with Afina

VAD outfit Westcon has boosted its presence in Latin America, Iberia and North Africa, snapping up Afina Group through its purchase of GLS Software and its subsidiaries. Focusing on distribution of security and datacentre solutions, Afina’s vendor portfolio includes VMware, Citrix, Riverbed, and Symantec - as well as many firms currently among Westcon’s portfolio in other regions. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 4 July 2012

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