12/17/2010 10:14:00 AM
HSC surpasses 2010 targets
HSC has surpassed its 2010 targets, the distributor announced at its annual Christmas Conference, Bright Days and White Nights, at the Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth.
Highlights included a 35% dealer base increase on 2009, up from 15% growth in 2009; Sim-free clearance handset shipments up 55% year on year thanks to its relationship with Carphone Warehouse; laptop shipments up 162% on 2009, due in part to the company’s relationships with Acer and Asus; an overall hardware shipment increase of 14%; and business connections and upgrades up by 8% year on year.
The company gained support from major brands that exhibited at the event, including O2, LG, Blackberry, Three, Sony Ericsson, Orange and T-Mobile.
Asus, Acer and Microsoft were exhibitors for the first time to encourage mobile dealers to deliver a more rounded business mobile solution to
HSC business manager Bob Sweetlove told the audience that the distributor’s aim is to provide the independent channel with knowledge and value to take back to its customers and convert into pound notes.
‘After a couple of years of doom and gloom, I believe these are bright days for people in this industry, and it all seems to focus on mobilising the internet. Smartphones need smart dealers, and the smaller independent dealer, who isn’t tied to any one network or manufacturer, can be truly impartial.’
He added: ‘At HSC we want to offer maximum choice, world class service, and grow our business by helping dealers to sell more to existing customers and also help them attract new customers. I expect cloud services to help us all do that, and smaller independent dealers have the advantage because they are more nimble than larger businesses so you can move in on this opportunity first, creating tailored solutions for each of their clients.’