Mitsumi expands value business
MEA: broadliner Mitsumi Distribution is expanding its value business, with a focus on technology areas such as networking, unified comms and security. "We have diversified into value business last year as the margins from volume products are shrinking. We already have HP Networking, Riverbed, and Polycom in the portfolio and we are looking to sign up more vendors to bolster our value business," said Jagat Shah, Chairman and CEO of Mitsumi. Mitsumi has a sprawling presence in Africa with local presence in Algeria, Benin, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Mobility is also a big focus area for the distributor. "It's the fastest growing market and we already have brands such as Samsung, Acer and Asus in our portfolio. As we have a distribution house in Africa and a logistic hub in Dubai, we are also looking to diversify into even non-IT related areas such as solar solutions," said Shah (source : Reseller Middle East).
ARM halts online child abuse with NetClean
South Africa: security VAD African Risk Mitigation (ARM) has partnered with NetClean in the fight against the proliferation of child sexual abuse images. Together, the two companies will be assisting ISPs, companies, and law enforcement across the African continent to stop the handling, downloading or distribution of child sexual abuse content.
Tech Data test-drives the distribution of iPhone accessories
Telephony specialist Tech Data Mobile has started a pilot programme for Apple's SIMlock-free iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and related accessories in France and Germany. Other countries will follow in the following weeks.
Intec gets thin with VXL
Thin computing vendor VXL has appointed British network and storage specialist Intec as official, pan-European distributor.
Ingram Micro expands into e-commerce services market with Shipwire
Broadliner Ingram Micro has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which it will acquire Shipwire, a provider of global fulfillment services for emerging multi-channel brands. The Shipwire platform provides on-demand e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain management from a network of global pick-pack and ship warehouses to more than 1,000 emerging brands and web retailers. Integrated into the top e-commerce platforms and based in Silicon Valley, Shipwire has pioneered cloud logistics with on-demand fulfillment center and shipping tools, Web services, and developer tools, that can all be used together to solve complex global logistics problems. Shipwire serves brands from more than 50 countries, selling to buyers across the world from facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. Shipwire will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro. Damon Schechter, founder and CEO of Shipwire, will continue to lead the company as president of Shipwire, reporting directly to Robert Gifford, Ingram Micro executive vice president, Global Logistics. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close before the end of the year.