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DISTREE Events launches ‘Smart Channels’ summit to focus on retailing connected devices, wearables and IoT
DISTREE Events has launched a new summit series focused on how the retail channel will evolve to deliver smart technologies, solutions and services to consumers. The new session, entitled "Smart Channels: Retailing Connected Devices, Wearables and Internet of Things (IoT)", will make its debut at DISTREE APAC in Singapore, which takes place from 8-10th October 2014. The "Smart Channels" summit series will continue at DISTREE EMEA in Monaco from 24-27th February 2015. DISTREE Events is partnering with ICT research provider CONTEXT to deliver the Smart Channels summit series. CONTEXT is currently forming an Advisory Board comprising vendors, distributors and retailers to structure the content and participants for each Smart Channels summit. Deloitte predicts that by 2017 smart home solutions in Europe alone will generate revenues of more than US$5.57 billion. By linking together connected devices, wearables and IoT, the Smart Channels summit will encourage a more integrated approach to marketing and retailing these solutions. For technology and consumer electronics retailers, growing demand for connected devices and wearables represents a significant opportunity, but also raises a number of crucial questions that need to be addressed. Traditional departmental boundaries between white goods, televisions and IT products become obsolete as IoT creates a network of connected products spanning all these areas. Retailers, vendors, distributors and service providers that wish to participate in the Smart Channels summit – either in APAC or EMEA – can contact DISTREE Events for further information. The Smart Channels summit format will include panel discussions, keynote speeches, workshops and networking opportunities.
Prase to distribute Lab.gruppen and Lake
Italy: already a distributor of Tannoy products, AV VAD Prase Engineering has expanded its partnership with TC Group and now also distribute its Lab.gruppen and Lake amplification and processing products.
Ingram Micro in the Azure
Spain: the value division of broadliner Ingram Micro has started this summer the distribution of Microsoft Azure cloud platform through its local VAR and system integrator network.
Networks Unlimited appointed distributor of SimpliVity
South Africa: network and security VAD Networks Unlimited has signed an agreement with converged infrastructure vendor SimpliVity to distribute the OmniCube, SimpliVity's star product, a complete data centre in a box. The OmniCube provides enterprise computing, storage services and network functionality, inclusive of WAN optimisation, unified global management, seamless cloud integration, primary storage de-duplication, backup de-duplication, caching, and global scale out.
Exertis to expand presence in Europe through acquisition of CapTech Distribution
Sweden: Irish group Exertis has signed an agreement to further expand its European footprint with the acquisition of broadliner CapTech Distribution. The completion of the transaction - set to be spread over three years - is conditional upon competition clearance from the Swedish Competition Authority. Following Exertis' strategy since the beginning of the year, Captech Distribution ought to be renamed soon after Exertis Captech. Exertis has a strategy to continue to expand its geographic footprint and offer its suppliers an even greater route-to-market and access to market leading services. CapTech is one of Sweden's leading technology distribution businesses, and has a particularly strong market position in IT hardware and AV systems. Daniel Johnsson, CapTech Managing Director, commented: "We are very much looking forward to working with Exertis to further expand our service offering to customers and suppliers and believe our partnership with Exertis will enable the next phase of growth for our business, including an expansion of the business in the wider Nordic/Scandinavian region." Captech becomes the second subsidiary of Exertis in the country, beside gaming specialist Ztorm, which was acquired in 2012 by Exertis subsidiary Exertis Gem.
Config manages hotspots with Cloud4Wi
France: network and security VAD Config has been chosen by the Italian editor Witech to distribute its cloud-based hotspot management and monetization solution Cloud4Wi.
Lancom hires from TD Azlan
Netherlands: network vendor Lancom has hired Peter Hoekstra as its new International Sales Director. Peter is well known in the distribution, as he was the director of CDG Europe, before the distributor was acquired by Tech Data and merged into TD Azlan. There, Peter Hoekstra was until now European Director Software & Solutions. TD Azlan has not yet announced his successor.
TCCM on the phone with Meizu
Czech telephony specialist TCCM has become an authorized distributor for the smartphones of Chinese vendor Meizu, for both Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Northamber signs Rosetta Stone
United Kingdom: broadliner Northamber has added Rosetta Stone foreign language learning software to its catalog.
Merlion in videoconferencing with Lifesize
Russia: Logitech's subsidiary Lifesize has appointed broadliner Merlion as official distributor for its videoconferencing solutions.
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