Kaspersky Lab announces Gem as new UK retail distribution partner

18 May 2009
Business News

Kaspersky Lab today announced that it has signed an agreement with the UK retail distributor, Gem. The partnership will increase the availability of Kaspersky Lab’s multi award-winning home user technology for retail partners in the UK.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Gem is adding Kaspersky Internet Security 2009, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 and the new Kaspersky Mobile Security (for the protection of smartphones) – to its software portfolio.

The distribution agreement will enable Kaspersky Lab to leverage Gem’s supply chain into an extensive customer base that includes well-known high street and online retailers, mail order companies and independent retailers. Simon Geach, Consumer Sales Director at Kaspersky Lab UK: “We already have a strong foothold in the retail sector and through this partnership with Gem we will further increase product availability for partners in the UK and grow market share for our home user technology products.”

Last year, one in ten people were affected by online fraud, with each victim losing on average £875. Darren Houghton, Sales Director at Gem comments: “By distributing Kaspersky Lab’s home user products we are able to offer our retail customers the opportunity to stock an all-in-one security solution, that removes their consumer’s anxieties about keeping themselves and their families safe from the threat of cybercrime. The Kaspersky Lab product range is highly respected and we are delighted they have chosen to partner with Gem to grow their retail business.”

Kaspersky Lab’s home user technology products are already widely available from high street and online stores including Amazon.com. PC World, Currys, Play.com, Tesco and WH Smith stores, as well as from the Kaspersky Lab eStore: www.kaspersky.co.uk/store.

About Gem

Gem provide our partners with end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions and added value distribution to the retail channel for software, peripheral and connected home technologies. In our third decade, Gem’s history of success includes exclusive UK distribution for Xbox 360, Take-Two, Codemasters, Exspect, NCsoft and Zoo Digital as well as being a leading UK distributor for vendors such as Logitech, Microsoft and Symantec, generating an annual turnover in excess of £250 million. Gem supply to an extensive customer base including well-known high street and Internet retailers, corporate resellers, mail order companies and independent retailers.

Our multifaceted business extends outside of sales and distribution providing one integrated solution through our Gem Logistics and Gem Creative divisions. For further information on Gem’s services visit www.gem.co.uk.

Gem is a wholly owned subsidiary of DCC plc; for further information please visit www.dcc.ie.