As part of an ambitious and targeted strategy to become one of the leading POS & Auto-ID distributors in Europe by 2019, Danish broadliner and sparepart specialist EET Europarts has hired Richard Grégoire as its EMEA Director to accelerate the execution.
A string of acquisitions over the past year has consolidated EET Europarts' position as one-stop-shop distributor in the POS & Auto-ID business. The company distributes a wide range of the most important and largest brands in the POS industry, and EET Europarts' total POS & Auto-ID assortment today includes products, equipment and systems for POS, AIDC, RFID and mobile solutions. The product range is targeted at retail shops and chain stores, medical and healthcare, warehousing, transport, logistics and industry in general.
"I am exceedingly pleased with the development of our POS & Auto ID business over the past few years", says Group CEO John Thomas, EET Group. "We have accumulated rich experience in the business, and we have achieved significant organic growth as well as acquisitive growth with four acquisitions in 2016 alone." To continue growing the POS & Auto-ID business and scaling the success, EET Europarts has chosen to engage Richard Grégoire, an experienced EMEA Director to be heading the development of the POS & Auto ID business going forward.
"The appointment of Richard as EMEA Director for our POS & Auto ID business brings us a wealth of experience in the POS & Auto ID industry. Richard joins our company from ScanSource Europe where he most recently held the position of VP Sales Europe POS and Barcoding Division. I am delighted to welcome him into this key role at EET Europarts, as we continue to grow", adds John Thomas. Richard Grégoire joins EET Europarts as an expert in distribution and selling solutions through channel partners to customers across EMEA. He has 17 years of experience in B-to-B. He is highly experienced in developing and implementing business strategies, as well as building strong and performing sales teams.
"I am really impressed with the results achieved by EET Europarts, within the POS & Auto ID business over the past 3 years. An impressive organic growth and several acquisitions underlines the company's commitment to become one of the leading POS & Auto-ID distributors in Europe", says Richard Grégoire, newly appointed EMEA Director, POS & Auto-ID at EET Group, and he continues: "I look very much forward to be heading the ambitious POS & Auto-ID sales team European wide. At EET Europarts we are able to offer installers and integrators a wide range of comprehensive value-added services in the form of support and counselling for the design, procurement and management of their POS & Auto-ID projects, and that is exactly what the professional customers demand." As a French national, Richard will be based in France. Also as part of the development of its POS and Auto-ID business, EET Europarts has added the YouJie low-end scanners from Honeywell to its portfolio. YouJie scanners are available through EET Europarts POS and Auto-ID businesses in Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt/a>, Finland, France, Germany/a>, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Russia: AV VAD Elittech has expanded its portfolio with TCL LED televisions1. The same week, broadliner Merlion has unveiled the acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, of storage VAD DSCon, which will strengthen its own VAD division2. DSCon had an office in Czech Republic, now closed, as well as representatives in Belarus and Ukraine (source: CRN Rossiya 1 and 2).
Danish sparepart specialist Comway Distribution has reached an agreement to acquire its Swedish-based competitor Convena International for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is the first step in the realisation of a new growth strategy. Comway Distribution is pleased with the successful acquisition of Convena International, which has a good name in the market. Convena International will complement the Danish IT distributor's current business model and strengthen its business platform with a range of agreements with global manufacturers.
"We are very pleased to have successfully reached an agreement with the owners of Convena International on an acquisition. We will continue to participate in the growing consolidation in the industry. We believe that a collection of more brands under a single roof, combined with a deeper understanding of the products, will create additional value for our customers. Convena International is very similar to Comway Distribution, making us a bigger and stronger company from day one, while further reinforcing our local presence in the EMEA region", says Peter Klaris, CEO of Comway Distribution – a view that is seconded by Tomas Ingvason from Convena International. "Many potential buyers have expressed interest in us in recent years. We are certain that Comway Distribution is the right buyer. They match us well in terms of their products and their people. Comway Distribution is known and respected in the market, and I see a lot of opportunities for further developing the two businesses and creating a strong, unified company", says Tomas Ingvason, former majority shareholder of Convena International.
Convena International, which had turnover of approximately €32m in 2016, has offices in Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, while Comway Distribution has offices in Czechia, Denmark and France (its Swedish office having been closed just before the acquisition, while the American office has been closed in September following the departure of its sales manager). The new offices bring the new company even closer to its customers and increases its local presence. "This acquisition strengthens our product portfolio for the benefit of our customers. The combination of the two companies will also further strengthen our digital setup. We have invested in a state of the art e-commerce platform that is fully equipped to fulfil our digital ambitions. And we have also made major investments in our capacity to support customers', suppliers' and other business partners' demands for complex solutions via EDI", says Peter Klaris.
Tech Data European boss Cano planning exit
Tech Data's European boss Nestor Cano is planning to retire from the distributor once the integration of Avnet TS is complete, should the deal get the go-ahead. Tech Data announced plans to snap up Avnet Technology Solutions last September in a deal worth €2.35b, which is expected to close in the first half of this year. Should the deal go ahead, Cano will continue in his role throughout the integration process, but will then retire. Cano joined Tech Data through the Computer 2000 acquisition in 1989 and served in various management positions in Spain and Portugal, before being promoted to regional managing director. A number of US and global roles followed before he become president of Europe for the firm in 2007 (source: Channelweb UK).
Already working together in Central Europe through Bakotech offices in Czechia and Poland, SIEM vendor Alienvault has extended its partnership with the software VAD to the CIS region, the Baltic States and Central Asia, thanks to Bakotech offices in Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine (source: Komputernoye Obozrenye Ukraina).