10/16/2008 11:10:00 AM
Distributors bidding for Samsung accessories contract
Distributors have begun pitching for Samsung’s accessories contract.
Brightstar and Data Select are leading the pack in the bid for the contract after Samsung started a tendering process to supply all of its accessories into its key channels.
Samsung has previously said it will broaden its accessories business with a range of products.
Separately, distributors and retailers are also applying to run Samsung’s online store. It was previously run by 20:20 Mobile, prior to the distributor being terminated as a Samsung distributor after it was found to be pushing products sourced through the grey market.
Samsung is understood to be considering retailers as well as distributors to act as the back-end provider to Samsung’s online store. The likes of Carphone Warehouse (through its e2Save operation) and Phones 4U (through its Dial-A-Phone and Direct Solutions Limited business) could apply for the contract.