Central and Eastern Europe: Czech broadliner eD'system has inked a partnership with Whitenergy, to distribute its full portfolio of power devices and LED bulbs. Its competitor SWS has joined D-Link distributors, both in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Finally, among the local broadliners, ASBIS has started the distribution of Bosch white goods and the Xbox gaming console from Microsoft. On the local VAD front, Dan Albrecht joines infrastructure VAD Arrow ECS as business development manager, in charge of Check Point, Blue Coat and Tufin products. He comes from Arrow ECS' competitor DNS, whose new boss is now Petr Ryska. Petr comes from Vodafone, and replaces incumbant and temporary managers Petr Kuliš and Martin Skalík, who get back to their previous jobs of, respectively, marketing and finance directors. On its side, their competitor Avnet Technology Solutions welcomes Petr Homola as new account development manager. Petr was also previously working for DNS, in the IBM team.
Software and security VAD Bakotech has been appointed official distributor by Elfiq Networks, for the whole Central and Eastern Europe. Bakotech will push Elfiq load balancing appliances throughout the region through its offices in Poland and Czech Republic. The deal seemingly does not cover the Ukrainian office of Bakotech.
In Russia, software specialist Axoft has been appointed official distributor by Microsoft for its cloud offer. Broadliner Marvel Distributsia strengthens its value offer with Simplivity hyperconverged servers. Its competitor OCS Distribution has added its infrastructure portfolio with SmartOptics fiber optical transmission solutions. Finally for this country, AV VAD Elittech has unveiled a demo room for Desay LED displays, whose distribution rights it has won for Russia and Kazakhstan.
In neighbouring Ukraine, whose market is still active despite the war waged there by Russia, broadliner MTI has started the distribution of ZTE mobile 3G routers through its reseller network (source: Reseller Magazine ČR, ChannelWorld ČR, CRN Polska, CRN Rossiya, Astera Rossiya, Komputernoye Obozrenye Ukraina).
Samsung chooses SWS
Broadliner SWS has been appointed by Samsung as an officiel distributor in Czech Republic and Slovakia for its IT offer (printers and related supplies, SSD, flash cards, optical drives, LCD monitors and large-size displays) (source: Channelworld ČR).
Ricoh acquires its distributor
Japanese copier and printer vendor Ricoh has decided to acquire its local distributor in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Impromat, for an undisclosed amount, and make it its local subsidiary. Beside this, it will keep its other MFP and printer distributor SWS (again, for Czech Republic and Slovakia) as is, at least for the time being (source: ChannelWorld ČR).
Slovakia: broadliners ABC Data, Asbis, AT Computers, eD'system and SWS Distribution (the top biggest IT distributors in the country) have been fined €4.28m for illegal cartel. The five distributors charged 1€ for handling each invoice from their customer. The cartel was decided in February 2013 through a meeting in Sri Lanka and introduced almost simultaneously by each distributor, which raised eyebrows from local resellers. The details of the fine are: €2m for Asbis, €1.25m for eD'system, €583k for AT Computers, €246k for ABC Data and €143k for SWS Distribution (source: IT News Slovakia).
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