Distree 2016: a fill of innovations
After a two-year gap, ITdistri was back at Distree EMEA. The event has evolved, becoming much larger in terms of surface area and number of exhibitors. Some visitors regretted a lack of major vendors, while others wished more African retailers and distributors: "in the past, we liked to come to Distree EMEA to meet companies from the whole region. Now, if we want to expand our coverage of the African continent, we ought to go to Distree Africa, which means more costs and time consumed for us. And even there, we will miss many French speaking distributors", one of them said anonymously. Nevertheless, the event was a success, with about 250 distributors, 150 retailers and etailers and about 130 exhibitors (including about 15 distributors wishing to expand their business in Europe or meet some of their existing customers in the region, including ABC Data, ATC, Avnet Technology Solutions, Daymen, GTI, IDCP, Inforlandia, Innelec Multimédia, Nedis, NTT System, Proks, PSA Parts, Tech Data Europe and Tekpoint). Singapore came in force, with a contingent of 10 companies overseen by the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Beside their one-to-one meetings, visitors could participate to workshops, conferences and keynote, to get valuable insight about the major trends of the consumer markets in the region, with analysts and consulting companies such as GfK, Early Metrics, Rude Baguette, Quadmark or Ocean Solutions.
The exhibit gave much room and space to wearables and smart objects. Among interesting vendors, ITdistri has selected the following companies:
New vendors were not the only ones to present new products. Aiptek presented, a few days before the Cebit event in Germany, its DG-VTa, a dongle which can be connected easily via HDMI to a beamer to turn any projection surface into an interactive touchscreen display. The supplied pen serves as a sensor – when running it over the projection surface, the "DG-VTa" notices it like a touchscreen and transfers the signals accordingly. Inno3d, which is better know for its graphic cards, was showcasing its 3D printers (distributed quietly since a few month by German distributor API) and its Bluetooth LED bulbs. So, more than ever, Distree remains the place to be, to discover the major trends and new products to be distributed in the EMEA region over the months and years to come…
Computers Unlimited gets Exposed in France
France : Mac specialist Computers Unlimited has exported for the first time its British event "Computers Unlimited Exposed" to French market. The event has welcomed 27 exhibitors and about 100 visitors, compared to 40 exhibitors and 200 resellers in the UK : a real success for a first edition, according to its VP Gabriel Attard. No CU Exposed event is yet planned in Spain, because of the relatively smaller sized of the market. Among others, the distributor has used the event to present newly-signed partnerships, either in France or also through its offices in Spain and the United Kingdom. It has thus started the distribution of Mac notebook docking stations from American vendor Henge Docks (an exclusivity for the whole Europe) as well as wireless speakers from Danish vendor Libratone (for all three offices). It has also signed a partnership with American vendor Etymotic to distribute its customized earphones. Etymotic, which also works with Dectel in Belgium and Macland and Germany, has built up a network of several hundreds of audiologists in Europe to provide personalized earmolds to its end users, in exchange for a price premium of about 20% on its products, compared to non-customized competitors. Computers Unlimited has also started to push Dymo printers through its Mac reseller network through its three offices. It is also distributing the boomboxes from TDK in France only. Also available through its three offices are the iPad supports from Vogel's, notebook cases and accessories from Twelve South or Opt Gear and wireless video adapters from American vendor Veebeam (which also works in Europe through Amazon, and is looking for more distributors in other European countries). Also present on the last edition of its catalogue, albeit absent from the show, mobility accessories from Agent 18, Astom, Be.Ez, Easiskins, Eye-Fi, More, Scosche, STM, Tigra, Unison or Urbanz, cabling from Kanex, GPS from Navigon or networking products from Sena. One may note also that Computers Unlimited has stopped the distribution of DLO, e-on, Freecom, Gear4, Hive, Honest, MovieSoft, Tech21 and Vestalife.
Macland Computer Technologie Handels GmbH
Macland Computer Technologie Handels GmbH
General manager :
Dr Nelu Eden
Creation year : 1991