Stories by Tom Allen

  • Camtech calms customers

    - Adelaide based e-commerce solutions developer Camtech has announced a program for its resellers where e-tailers can display a "secured by Camtech" logo to reassure Internet shoppers about the security of buying online.

  • Dataflow redemption continues with new money

    Regenerated distributor Dataflow has announced it has another new investor in the form of a multimillion-dollar stake jointly taken by investment bankers Allco Finance Group and Brait Capital. And the investment is another big step towards redemption for the, at times, turbulent distributor.

  • Compaq: First partner to open Sydney store

    The man charged with running the controversial Compaq Connect retail stores program, Compaq consumer director Rob Balmer, last week confirmed that the vendor is nearly set to extend the stores to Sydney, this time with a "channel partner-owned" site due to open this month.

  • e-tailers face fraud risk

    Retailers looking to deve- lop online business are more exposed to the risk of e-commerce fraud than consumers according to e-commerce solution specialist Activ Australia.

  • Harvey Norman has a sale

    The Compaq name was seen on the Harvey Norman shelves again last week, although only for a brief guest appearance. The recalcitrant retailer included, among others, some Compaq Presario desktops as part of a recent "$2 million sellout" in its Sydney stores, leaving the vendor puzzled.

  • Epson extends laser reach, jumps into FireWire

    Imaging vendor Epson has broadened its range of laser printer offerings for both entry level and workgroup printers, while also announcing a new flatbed scanner it claims is the first in Australia with FireWire connectivity.

  • Gattari moves solely into etail

    IT retail trailblazer Tony Gattari has revealed that his "consulting days" are over and it's now time to carve out a piece of the universe for himself.

  • Compaq graces HN again . . . for a moment

    Just when it seemed that the Compaq name was never again to be seen on Harvey Norman shelves, it made a brief appearance last weekend. But only as part of the retailer's "$2 million sellout" in its Sydney stores.

  • Mercury rises to support CHA

    - The star is rising for The Mercury Group (TMG), which comprises integrator Mercury IT, reseller Laptop Land and Mercury Services Group. In a unique arrangement with distributor CHA, Mercury's services group will take over the management of its service centres in Melbourne and Perth to create what CEO Derek Merdith believes to be the biggest, if not only, independent national service group in Australia. And the channel services message is not lost on him

  • Sophos gains channel ground

    As the threats of network attacks and stories of gateway security breaches continue to do the rounds with system integrators and customers, antivirus vendors are scrambling for credibility with both customers and resellers.

  • New directory simplifies online PC price shopping

    How much are you spending on advertising? A former Muscovite Apple dealer wants your business. Igor Tershukov, managing director of Pricepoint, claims that, after two years of development, it has the only specialist computer reseller directory in Australia to include prices - on systems, peripherals and a number of other products.

  • SA computer retailers shock ASIC

    - One-third of computer retailers in South Australia were unable to produce financial statements when requested by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). And further investigations are believed to be going on in relation to the legitimacy of several SA resellers.

  • Quicken jumps to fast lane

    Reckon, the publisher of Quicken accounting software, has fallen into line with other mainstream vendors announcing it has outsourced its distribution to Express Data.

  • Sales tax avoider hits the slammer

    Another reseller is in jail after being convicted on sales tax avoidance, and it is the fifth custodial sentence handed out in the IT channel in the last year.