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New test lab features on the ITscope platform

 

New features that are still in development can be used and extensively tested with the ITscope test laboratory. Recently, new features have been added and can now be activated in the test lab section of the platform – help us to make these features even better by providing feedback!

New address selection in orders

The first new test lab feature allows users to replace the old address selection dialogue with a new, extended selection dialogue that simplifies the management, selection and addition of addresses.

By activating this feature in the test lab, users are able to directly edit the address when ordering. Previously, addresses could only be adjusted globally and it was not possible to adapt an address for only one order – now the process is much easier. During the ordering process, the delivery and/or billing address can be edited or swapped by clicking on the ‘Edit‘ or ‘Choose from address list‘ button. This feature is useful if a different employee within the same company is the recipient of the order, for example.

By clicking on the ‘Edit button next the delivery or invoice address, you are able to directly edit the corresponding address. Contrary to making changes in the address book, this is not a global change and only affects the delivery or billing address of the current order. The address that was initially selected from the address book will remain unchanged – as the info field in the screenshot also illustrates. It is therefore only a one-time action and prevents accidental wrong deliveries in the future.

Furthermore, the address field is no longer limited to just one recipient, as it is now possible to also add an address suffix. This could, for example, be used to specify the employee within a company that is the recipient of the order. As an address suffix, this information will always be printed on the address label of the parcel – this was not the case with every distributor previously.

Selecting the ‘Choose from address list button (below the delivery or billing address) will open the address selection dialogue. We have also improved the search function for contacts from your own contact network, in addition to improving the contact creation function. Other addresses that have already been stored can also be selected in this dialogue and can be used for individual orders.

 

Skip order preparation

Thanks to this additional new feature, which can also be activated in the test lab, orders can be generated directly from the shopping cart and shipped immediately. This eliminates the need to move the order to the ‘Prepared orders‘ column of the purchasing board.

Up until now, the ‘Prepared orders‘ step was included in between the ‘Shopping cart‘ and ‘Placed orders‘ steps.

With the new feature, this intermediate step is hidden and the order can be ordered directly from the shopping cart.

This reduces the ordering process by one step and the overall procedure is similar to B2C portals, where it is common practice to place orders directly from the shopping cart.

We appreciate your feedback when testing the new features in the test lab!

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July 29th, 2020|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2 2020

Supply shortages have been overcome, Apple is Q2 champion

The ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020 is here – with the current top sellers from ten categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com:

  • Newcomers: Apple dominates the highflyers
  • Mobile phones: iPhone SE (2nd generation) well received
  • Tablets: Surface or iPad Pro? Both are strong!
  • Notebooks: stock levels replenished, Lenovo dominant
  • CPUs: new products from Intel and AMD ahead again

The latest edition of the ITscope Market Barometer as a PDF (English)

Detailed numbers as an MS Excel File

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

Here are the 30 most active new releases with hot seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceQ2 clicks
# 1Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation), 64GB, black, MX9R2ZD/AMX9R2ZD/A2020-04-174022
# 2Apple Magic Keyboard, MXQU2D/AMXQU2D/A2020-03-192012
# 3Apple MacBook Air, 13.3″, i3, 8GB, 256GB, MWTJ2D/AMWTJ2D/A2020-03-191857
# 4Apple iPad Pro, 12.9″, 128GB, space grey, MY2H2FD/AMY2H2FD/A2020-03-191566
# 5WD Red, 4TB, 5400 rpm, WD40EFAXWD40EFAX2020-01-151517
# 6HPE Aruba – SFP+ LC Single-Mode, J9151EJ9151E2020-01-15868
# 7Intel Core i9 10900K, 10-Core, 3.7 GHz, HT, BX8070110900KBX8070110900K2020-04-28856
# 8Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo, 24089-999-99924089-999-9992020-03-19827
# 9Synology Disk Station DS220jDS220J2020-01-31680
# 10Microsoft Surface Dock 2, 1GK-000021GK-000022020-05-07595
# 11Sophos SD-RED 20, R20ZTCHMRR20ZTCHMR2020-04-07548
# 12HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw, 7KW64A#B197KW64A#B192020-01-21527
# 13HP Enterprise ProLiant MicroServer, P16006-421P16006-4212020-02-05410
# 14Xiaomi Roborock S5 Max, XM200018XM2000182020-01-17346
# 15Be Quiet! Pure Base 500DX, Midi-Tower, BGW37BGW372020-04-17325
# 16Samsung S27E450B – SE450 Series, LS27E45KBH/ENLS27E45KBH/EN2020-04-09324
# 17VMware vSphere Essentials Kit – (v. 7), VS7-ESSL-KIT-CVS7-ESSL-KIT-C2020-03-27291
# 18Elmo L-12W, 137913792020-03-10249
# 19Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W, BN307BN3072020-01-10236
# 20HP Enterprise enablement kit, P13788-B21P13788-B212020-02-05214
# 21HP Business Top Load, 15.6″, 2SC66AA2SC66AA2020-05-13205
# 22Crucial 32GB 2x16KIT DDR4 3000MHz DIMM, BL2K16G30C15U4BBL2K16G30C15U4B2020-02-27191
# 23Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S, XM220001XM2200012020-03-13174
# 24ASUS TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS, LGA1200, micro ATX, 90MB13N0-M0EAY090MB13N0-M0EAY02020-05-27164
# 25Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2, BK006BK0062020-04-28154
# 26BARCO ClickShare CX-30, R9861513EUR9861513EU2020-02-06135
# 27Gainward Geforce RTX 2070 SUPER Phoenix V1, 8GB GDDR6, 173017302020-04-23125
# 28Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, B07PW9VBK5B07PW9VBK52020-02-26125
# 29Xiaomi MI Air Purifier 3H, XM200017XM2000172020-01-23124
# 30Samsung GU55TU8079U, GU55TU8079UXZGGU55TU8079UXZG2020-03-13123

 

 

July 20th, 2020|

Press release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as PDF (English)

Detailed figures as MS Excel data

Content:

 

Corona crisis seems to have passed peak, Apple is champion and PC systems in decline: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

Karlsruhe, 21.07.2020 – After the previous first quarter market barometer was overshadowed by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation has improved in the past weeks. In most categories, stock levels started rising again after March – sometimes even rising much higher than necessary, as advance figures for the ITscope market barometer of the second quarter of 2020 have shown.

While the first quarter of 2020 was dominated by the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the situation noticeably eased in the second quarter with no signs of any supply bottlenecks. Home office equipment is now mostly available again, while other product categories that are less suited to working from home seem to be in a difficult situation. in this case, however, the problem is warehouses being filled with too much stock.

Are PC systems in decline? Stock shortages, as observed with notebooks recently, are not a problem for this category: PC stock levels are full and prices are falling. It seems that PC systems will emerge as the category hardest hit by the the corona crisis. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that these PCs are much less flexible and not very practical in the home office, contrary to notebooks. Nevertheless, Lenovo is defending its top position with the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7.

Notebooks, on the other hand, are finally available again without supply problems. Lenovo in particular is well positioned in this category: the Chinese manufacturer is now really taking off with the ThinkPad E15. Apple is also excelling this quarter, with the tech giant still having a firm grip on the highflyer charts, led by the new second generation iPhone SE. Customers have found this smartphone to be practical, reasonably priced and with all the necessary features for business use. The predecessor model from 2016 was already extremely popular on ITscope for a long time, thanks to its combination of good value for money and compact design.

In terms of product categories, it is worth taking a closer look at tablets, notebooks and, not least because of the iPhone SE, smartphones. Apple is also a leader in the mobile category, being represented six times in the top 10. The situation is similar for tablets. Here, the Californian manufacturer is continuing success story. However, the newcomer from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, is an interesting alternative. The comparatively expensive MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is being left behind by comparable products from Lenovo and HP.

Highflyer: Apple once again takes the lead

After Apple lost a lot of clicks in the previous quarter and was pushed off the top of the highflyer charts, the Californian manufacturer is now back at the top with four products. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the industry seems to have largely recovered from the effects of the corona crisis. Only rarely are there still delivery problems for individual products.

In first place this quarter is the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to the first SE series in previous market barometers, the second generation iPhone SE has also rapidly surged to the top. The SE series is particularly popular in the business sector, as the iPhone SE can certainly keep up with Apple’s flagship products in terms of performance. Some of the ‘consumer’ features such as the camera, however, have been downgraded. As a result, the smartphone is available at a relatively low Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €400.

The Apple iPad Pro with 12.9 inches, which has been listed since March 2020, made it to 4th place. It has therefore managed to displace the previous quarter’s winner, the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft. Apple’s Pro series of tablets is also very impressive in the business sector. Accompanying the iPad, the compatible keyboard is also in the highflyer charts: Apple’s Magic Keyboard lands 2nd place. This combination brings to mind the past quarter, when Microsoft was at the top with both the Surface Pro 7 and the matching keyboard. It seems that the ‘tablet for business solutions’ from both of these tech giants are proving their worth in the channel. In between, in 3rd place, the new MacBook Air rounds off Apple’s lead in the highflyer charts.

In 5th place is the WD Red NAS Hard Drive, a newcomer to the hard drive category. This SATA hard drive with 4 Terabytes is specifically designed for NAS use and with a WSP of €94 it is quite affordable. The hard drive cache has been increased compared to the previous model of the series, with the WD Red NAS Hard Drive boasting a large 256 MB. The WD Red NAS Hard Drive uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, a newer recording technology compared to the conventional magnetic recording (CMR) used so far. With SMR, overlapping data tracks increase storage density and overall storage capacity. At the same time, however, this can also result in performance losses, as when a track is written, the other tracks must also be updated, which is a downside of the SMR technology.

7th place is occupied by the new star in Intel’s CPU universe: the Intel Core i9 10900K, which has only been listed on ITscope since the end of April 2020. The latest processor from the Californian manufacturer convinces with very good performance, even in games. However, the price is a big drawback: with a wholesale price of over €500, the i9 10900K is significantly more expensive than comparable CPUs from main competitor AMD.

Directly behind, in 8th place, the Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo can be found. The headset, listed since March 2020, certainly partly owes its success to the current trend towards home office and video conferencing, for which headsets are essential. With the new OnEar headset series Evolve2, Jabra offers a headset with noise isolation and busylight function, which is designed to facilitate concentrated work in the office – a feature that is also useful when working from home. This new series offers a longer battery life and improved performance compared to previous models. The Evolve2 40 features 40 mm drivers and three microphones. It is also corded and thus differs from the other two models in the series – but with a WSP of around €80 it is also the most affordable out of the Evolve2 family.

Summer vibes can be felt in 23rd place, which has been secured by the Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S. In the workplace as well as in the home office, the mobile pedestal fan ensures a cool head in hot temperatures and is comparatively quiet.

TFTs: HP and Dell remain on top

Not much has happened in the TFT sector in the second quarter of the year. The first two places remain the same: HP and Dell are still in the lead, followed by Samsung and LG.

Dell now holds pole position for the third consecutive quarter with the P2419H, which has been listed since 2018 – with a lead of over 2,000 clicks. With a WSP of around €130 for the 24 inch screen, the P2419H is also way ahead in terms of price/performance ratio. Dell has also secured third place with the P2719H, the same model in the 27 inch version. In between the two Dell TFTs, HP remains in second place in the ranking with the EliteDisplay E243i, which has been clicked around 3,000 times. Only then do LG and Samsung follow in 4th and 6th place.

The front places are still occupied by the usual suspects and a ‘game changer’ in the field of TFTs is still missing. All displays listed in the upper ranks date back to 2018 or before.

Mobile phones: Apple’s new iPhone SE an immediate success

This quarter will be particularly exciting for mobile phones: Apple clearly dominates the mobile category and is represented six times in the Top Ten, occupying all places from 1 to 5. 

The new iPhone 11 with 64 GB secures first place and replaces the iPhone 8 at the top. This latest and most powerful Apple smartphone model is currently listed on ITscope with a WSP of around €650 and has attracted over 4,000 clicks.

A real rising star has taken second place: the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020, has leapt from zero directly into the top positions of the ranking. The device offers an A13 chip, which is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. Memory and software are also the same. In terms of performance, the iPhone SE can keep up with the top models, but cost savings are made with the camera and screen resolution – things that are less important in the business sector. The display is also smaller and instead of the modern Face ID system, the iPhone SE only has Touch ID.

The predecessor model of the ‘budget’ iPhone SE was already very popular in the business sector: the first generation iPhone SE remained a permanent fixture in the ITscope charts thanks to its good price-performance ratio and handy format. But even at first glance, the new iPhone SE is noticeably different from the older model. This is because with a display diagonal of 4.7 inches, it is significantly larger than its 4-inch predecessor. Further differences then become apparent when considering technology: as described above, an A13 bionic processor provides immensely improved speed compared to the 2016 model. What is most convincing about the iPhone SE, however, is its price: just like the earlier model in the SE series, the new generation is significantly cheaper than comparable Apple smartphones with a WSP of around €400.

Samsung’s Galaxy A51 has at least made it to 9th place in the mobile phone category. The successor model to the popular Samsung Galaxy A50 has therefore made the Top Ten. Aside from the Apple devices, only the Xcover 4s (6th place), the Galaxy A40 (7th place) and the Galaxy S10 (10th place) from the South Korean manufacturer have made it into the Top Ten. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, which has been listed on ITscope since January 2020, jumped from 107th to 14th place this quarter. The Lite model differs only slightly from the main model in terms of price, but is nevertheless impressive in terms of performance: the S10 Lite has a high-performance chip installed and also has 8 GB RAM. The price/performance ratio is definitely right for a wholesale price of €455.

Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite makes an impressive entry

In terms of tablets, this quarter can be described as a stabilisation rather than a change: Apple and Microsoft are still in the lead, while Samsung is also keeping an eye on the top ranks. Apple, in particular, is delivering the rising stars among tablets this quarter.

Apple’s iPad 10.2 inch is again in first place. The tablet, which has been listed since September 2019, therefore replaced the previous first place winner, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, which has got a still respectable 2nd place.

The third step of the winners’ podium is occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which has improved enormously from its previous 29th place. This tablet stands out for its very reasonable price and the high-resolution LED display. With a WSP of around €200, it is by far the cheapest tablet among the Top Ten. Interestingly, the strong demand seems to have had an impact on the WSP: the WSP is now on average €20 higher for the Tab A than in the previous quarter.

An impressive 6th place was secured by a newcomer from Samsung with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to its mobile phones, Samsung has released a cheaper tablet version of the main S6 model. With a WSP of €360, it is a one of the cheaper options of the tablet category. In comparison to the main model, the device offers less performance and a weaker screen, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite convinces with a solid battery performance, expandable memory and the included S-Pen stylus.

Listed on ITscope since March 2020, the Apple iPad Pro in the 128 GB version has also made a considerable leap forward. The 12.9 inch model jumped from 173rd to 9th place, while the 11 inch version managed a leap from 190th to 8th place. The tablet, which can certainly be used in a business environment and plays in the same league as the Surface Pro 7, has the new A12Z Bionic Chip from Apple. According to the manufacturer, this chip is supposed to make the tablet more powerful than many Windows notebooks. Even demanding tasks, such as editing 4K videos and 3D models, should be possible.

Notebooks: Lenovo and HP lead the way

In the last market barometer, the notebook category was strongly impacted by bottlenecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The short-notice switch to home office ensured that notebooks became a particularly sought-after commodity. In the meantime, however, the situation has eased considerably and notebooks are available again, as our evaluation of the inventory figures from the ITscope platform shows.

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15, previously in second place, has secured the lead this quarter – with a decent margin. With over 10,000 clicks, it was called up more than twice as often as HP’s second placed notebook. With stock levels normalising again since April, the average WSP is also recovering. At the height of the corona crisis, almost €800 had to be paid, whereas the ThinkPad E15 is now available with a WSP of around €675. At this price, it is on par pricewise with HP’s competitor product in 2nd place, the ProBook 450 G6.

Apple has also made it into the Top Ten with its notebooks. For example, the relatively expensive MacBook Pro from 2019 climbed to 4th place. If the eye-watering WSP of €2,500 doesn’t deter you, the MacBook is guaranteed to not leave wanting: 1TB SSD hard drive, latest generation Intel Core i9 processor, 15.9 inch retina display and touch bar makes the competition in the upper ranks look pale in comparison.

In terms of processors, however, Intel will be replaced in the near future: at the WWDC developer conference keynote, Apple announced switching from Intel to ARM processors (German article). Within two years, all Mac models are to be switched over, but there will still be devices with Intel processors and the corresponding software.

The Californian manufacturer also has a cheaper newcomer device in store. The MacBook Air, listed since March 2020, has made 6th place. This latest generation of the Air series impresses with an Intel i3 processor and a variety of memory options. With a WSP of €950, it’s not a bargain, but it’s significantly cheaper than the devices in Apple’s Pro line.

HP’s newcomer devices secured 9th and 12th place: the HP ProBook 450 G7 (with an Intel i5) and the HP 250 G7 (with an Intel i3). Both devices have been listed on ITscope since February 2020 and, as the successor model to the second-placed G6, they immediately managed a good launch into the business world. However, if you already own an HP ProBook 450 G6, there is no reason to change for the time being: apart from a new keyboard, an improved screen and a few new features, such as face recognition and fingerprinting, not much has changed.

PC systems: losers of the Corona crisis?

Are PC systems developing into slow sellers during the corona crisis? Here, too, the evaluation of the ITscope inventory figures provides revealing insights: this product category is far removed from possible supply bottlenecks, as was recently the case with notebooks. A probable reason for this is that corona has led to a general rethinking regarding new working environments, with more flexible working hours and possibilities. Working in home office in particular has gained enormously in importance, and as a precautionary measure companies are now preferring notebooks to the significantly less flexible PC systems.

In addition, hardly any new models were launched in this category. As a result, not much has changed in the ranking, with the top places only changing among themselves. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, which leaves the competition behind without a chance, took first place once again. With over 6,000 clicks, it has over three times as many hits as HP’s second placed ProDesk 400 G6. But despite strong interest in this PC system, the influence of the corona crisis cannot be ignored: since mid-April, the price has been on a downward trend, falling from €540 to a current WSP of around €500. 

There are also clear signs of an overall decrease in price: while the average WSP of the top 10 products in the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was around €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, and for individual products by more than 20 percent.

Graphics cards: Power-saving office newcomer with three display ports

As in the previous quarter, the high-end RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card from MSI remains at the top of the graphics card league. The high wholesale price of over 1,100 Euros does not detract from its popularity.

In addition to the Taiwanese manufacturer MSI, which is particularly dominant in the category and claims the first four places for itself alone, Gigabyte has also made it into the Top Ten. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming, listed since August 2019, jumped from 37th to an impressive 5th place. Rightly so, as it performed well in a test review (German article), especially in terms of cooling. With three coolers, the GeForce RTC 2070 Super Gaming remains below 61 degrees even during the stress test (meaning a higher clock rate).  

PNY took 7th place with the Quadro P4000. At a WSP of around €740, it is a rather expensive model, but it also has a lot to offer: the GPU is characterised by a high clock rate of 1200 MHz and also a good pixel rate of over 90 px/s.

The Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, which has been listed on ITscope since December 2019, climbed to 24th place. This model particularly impresses with its low energy consumption and three DisplayPort outputs – and is therefore ideally suited for use in the office. Its price also plays a part in the success of the Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, as at a WSP of just €190, the graphics card is significantly cheaper than other top products in this category. In the gaming sector, however, the graphics card is rather unsuitable and struggles  with 60 fps (Full HD), which is why it doesn’t score well in this CHIP test (German article).

Mainboards: MSI, Asus and Gigabyte dominate the top ten

As in the previous quarter, the three Taiwanese manufacturers MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are ahead when it comes to high-performance motherboards.

The MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX with the classic AM4 base secured first place this quarter. This mainboard, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is particularly impressive due to its price. At a WSP of €120, the mainboard not only offers a lot in terms of performance, but according to the test result (German article), it also has a comparably powerful power supply, extensive bios and shines with a simple design without a lot of bells and whistles.

ASUS made a leap from 49th to 11th place with the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. The motherboard offers very good performance combined with a first-class CPU power supply. The equipment includes eight SATA 6 GBit/s interfaces and nine USB 3.1 Gen2 sockets. But a convincing overall performance (German article) also comes at a price, with a WSP of almost €270.

 

Processors: AMD Ryzen back on pole position

With the CPUs, the familiar battle for the lead has gone into the next round. This quarter, AMD is ahead of the pack and has pushed Intel from first and second place. However, a clear winner is still not apparent, as both manufacturers are not giving anything up in terms of popularity and alternate from quarter to quarter in the top position.

However, at the end of the year, there is an event that could pay off positively for AMD. At the turn of the year, both Microsoft and Sony will release their next gen games consoles, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both will come onto the market with AMD CPUs tailor-made for them. A special feature of these console chips is that they will have to supply the steadily growing performance demanded by the games industry in the coming years. The last generation change was seven years ago, and even then Sony and Microsoft were already using AMD. 

This quarter also went really well for AMD overall: at almost 2,500 clicks, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 3.6 GHz and 8 cores secured 1st place. The chip, listed since June 2019, is a real price-performance winner with a WSP of €275 and makes comparable Intel products look old, including the Intel Core i7 9700K in third place, which has a price €60 higher than the AMD for comparable performance.

But Intel has brought an ace into the game this quarter. The Intel Core i9 10900K, which has been listed since April 2020, sets new standards in terms of performance: compared to its predecessor, the 9900K, Intel is adding two more cores and impresses with a higher clock rate of 3.7-5.3 GHz and an improved memory clock rate of 2933 MHz. At around 850 clicks, the 10900K just about doesn’t make it into the Top Ten, but lands in a still respectable 13th place for the newcomer. In Intel’s CPU portfolio, however, it is the superstar – this is also reflected in the price of over €500. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in fourth place offers 12 cores, allowing it to compete with the 10900K in terms of performance, all while being €100 less expensive.

In general, Intel also lags far behind competitor AMD in terms of architecture. The Californian manufacturer has been stuck in 14nm architecture for six years now, while AMD has long since made the quantum leap to 7nm architecture. Apart from that, there is little movement in the CPU product category, with the top 50 being exclusively occupied by AMD and Intel – a difficult field for other manufacturers.

Server: HP Enterprise’s one man show

HP Enterprise continues to play the leading role in the server category – all by itself: the ProLiant series from the American manufacturer almost exclusively dominates the Top Ten. At almost 1,000 clicks, the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Base, listed since April 2019, snatches first place from its ‘series siblings’.

Fujitsu has made it relatively far up this quarter and has at least managed to compete with HP Enterprise in the Top 25: the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX1310 M3, listed since January 2020, reaches a proud 18th place with 247 clicks. The tower server is especially suitable for small and medium-sized businesses, in part due to the comparatively low wholesale price of around €750. It offers the latest processors from the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 product family, Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors and is suitable for all essential computing requirements with up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. 

 

Storage systems: newcomer from Synology off to a flying start

There hasn’t been much change in the storage solutions category either. Synology and QNAP dominate the Top Ten, with the top four rankings even featuring the exact same systems as in the previous quarter. At almost 2,000 clicks, the Synology DS218+, listed since 2017, is still at the top, followed by the Synology Disk Station DS918+ with about 1,300 clicks. In 3rd and 4th place are the TS-431P and TS-231P from the Taiwanese manufacturer QNAP.

In 5th place, it starts to get more interesting: the Synology Disk Station DS220j, which has only been listed since the beginning of the year, secures this place despite being a newcomer. The j-series is ideal for entering the server world of Synology. With the Disk Station DS220j, Synology offers a cost-effective entry model with the latest technology in its product portfolio. Although the system’s storage is expandable up to 32 TB, with 512 MB of RAM, it is more suitable for home or small business use.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

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Own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availability and much more of over three million ITC articles. ITC distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: On a uniform platform, enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.

July 20th, 2020|

Virtual instead of on site: trade fairs & events during corona

 

Large events have been prohibited during the current coronavirus pandemic, causing many organisers to switch to virtual concepts instead. These offer a variety of advantages and hardly any disadvantages. Will this push towards new event concepts change the event industry in the long term after corona?

As some of the lockdown rules are gradually being eased, one sector will not be returning to normality for the time being and is especially suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: large events, including many trade fairs, will probably remain prohibited until at least the end of August.

While many events that were supposed to take place in spring have been postponed indefinitely, the trend is now tending towards alternative, situation-appropriate solutions. These range from limiting visitor numbers and spreading out rooms to a completely digital implementation.

Pioneer for digital implementation: gamescom

A deciding factor for choosing the latter option is the restriction on international travel, in addition to the safety and hygiene measures that are in place. For example, the organisers of gamescom, one of the world’s largest events for computer and video games with several hundred thousand visitors every year, opted for a fully digital event. This decision also includes the expansion of various digital formats, such as the improved ‘gamescom now’ content hub with a variety of topics, shows and numerous talks. Notably, it is not necessary to purchase a ticket for the digital offerings of ‘gamescom now’. The organisers have done this in order to allow as many fans as possible to participate virtually in gamescom.

But these concepts, as simple and convenient as they may be for visitors, require well thought-out planning and preparation. The corona crisis has given a real boost to providers carrying out virtual events: business is booming, with significantly more conferences, trade fairs, seminars, career and team events currently being held online than in 2019.

The advantages offered by digital concepts …

While the new concepts have been brought to the fore by necessity in many companies, the advantages of virtual events are now becoming increasingly obvious. Not only organisational hurdles, often including a long journey to the event, are removed. Companies can also significantly increase the reach of events and reduce costs at the same time. In addition, a visit to a trade fair that only requires a login on the PC, for example, is much more likely to be considered than an event that involves a long and possibly cumbersome journey. There is also the added benefit of reduced environmental burdens, as the need to travel, transport and physically set up events is omitted.

… and one disadvantage of virtual events

In contrast to the many advantages that a virtual event offers, there is one big disadvantage: the ‘face-to-face’ experience including personal, individual conversation is missing. Despite the video and chat functions that many providers offer, it is still a different experience to directly stand next to each other.

But there is also a positive spin to this downside. At student career fairs, for example, initiating personal contact often represents a challenge. For some people, it is certainly more pleasant to make contact or ask questions via chat. And if the online conversations go well, personal (or at least telephone) contact is quick to follow.

In conclusion, a local presence and the long journey that is often associated with it are not always necessary. With the right equipment, many things can be done comfortably and easily from home.

Are you looking for suitable IT equipment for your virtual event? Would you like to transparently compare prices and availability of webcams, headsets and many other products? ITscope offers you the optimal platform for this. Register free of charge at: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 20th, 2020|

Full warehouses and falling prices: PC systems are becoming slow sellers

 

Karlsruhe, 07/07/2020 – Stock levels of home office equipment are stabilising again after the peak of the corona crisis, whereas other products are having to deal with some unique difficulties. Particularly PC systems, a product category that is clearly at a disadvantage in the home office when compared to light and flexible notebooks, are currently in low demand. As a result, stock levels are rising steadily – which is noticeably affecting prices.

IT hardware stock levels looked worrying back in March: notebooks were almost sold out, while headsets, monitors and webcams were in equally high demand. Products required for the basic equipping of a home office were selling fast.

In the last update in mid-May, the evaluation of stock levels on the ITscope platform showed that stock levels are increasing again and the situation is normalising. However, at this point it also became apparent that one product category in particular is having to overcome completely different hurdles.

Decreasing demand for PC systems

Stock levels were moving in the opposite direction for PC systems, a product category that is less suitable for home office. While stocks levels of other products were quickly reducing, PC system stock levels rose. As could already be foreseen in May, it is now becoming increasingly clear that prices are falling due to the rising stock levels. Not only is there hesitancy in undertaking IT infrastructure projects due to the current economic situation. It has also become clear during the corona crisis that notebooks should be part of the standard inventory in the future, in order to guarantee increased employee flexibility.

“The current situation gives us a glimpse into the future: we suspect that PC systems will increasingly disappear from the office sector and will be replaced by notebooks. During the corona crisis, many companies have realised how important flexible working is and want to support this with the appropriate equipment”, explains Oliver Gorges, sales manager at cop software + services, subsidiary of ITscope GmbH.

This circumstance is also confirmed by the preliminary figures of the ITscope market barometer for the 2nd quarter of 2020. Seemingly, PC systems are becoming slow sellers – and no signs of improvement can be seen yet.

Full warehouses ensure falling prices

A comparison of figures for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020 shows a clear decline in price. While the average Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) for the top 10 products of the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was noticeably higher at €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, while for some products it even fell by more than 20 percent.

A comparison with last year’s second quarter figures shows that the prices of individual products in the then top 10 also fell in the period from March to July – but to a much lesser extent. A seasonal phenomenon can therefore not be assumed. This is also made clear when individually looking at the current top 10 PC systems.

Top products paint a clear picture

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), which has been listed on ITscope since August 2019, is a particularly vivid example for this: while the PC system’s WSP was subject to only minor fluctuations up to April, it has steadily decreased since then. It is now hovering at around €490 – previously it was at a steady €530. The reason for this seems to be the increasing levels of stock: while a maximum of 5.500 units were previously reported by the distribution department on ITscope, the current peak value is almost 20.000 units.

Price/stock level/status history Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), October 2019 to July 2020

A very similar situation can be seen with the PC systems in 2nd and 3rd place of the ITscope market barometer. Second place is taken by the HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), which has been listed since July 2019, and has the same combination of full stocks and falling prices. Although the total of almost 5.500 units in stock is lower than for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, the stock level has almost doubled in comparison to pre-corona values. With this oversupply, a falling WSP is the logical consequence. Even though the WSP trend for this PC is not quite as consistent as for Lenovo’s first-placed system, and is subject to stronger fluctuations, the WSP in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 (before corona) was never as low as the current price of around €500.

 

Price/stock level/status history HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), October 2019 to July 2020

In addition, the HP ProDesk 400 G6 has a sales trend of zero between January and March – as the warehouses were empty. A possible explanation for this could be the supply bottlenecks that resulted due to the lockdown in China. In March, the sales trend briefly spiked as the product became available again. After that, however, sales figures rapidly fell again and stocks remain full. It appears that lower prices are now expected to counteract the falling sales.

The Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T) in 3rd place, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is also struggling with falling prices. At more than 3.000 units, stock levels are comparatively high and the WSP of about €450 is correspondingly low.

 

Price/stock level/status history Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T), October 2019 to July 2020

How will the situation develop? Will the changes be so far-reaching that a sustainable rethinking will take place, towards a flexible working world that is spatially independent? Or is this just a unique situation and the demand for PC systems will rise again as soon as the economic downturn eases? It remains to be seen how the demand for these PC systems will develop.

In the market barometer published every quarter, ITscope retrospectively analyses the three million IT products listed on ITscope.com to see how many times each product was viewed on the platform. This provide a well-founded insight into the category-specific product interest of IT resellers.
If you would also like to view the latest prices and availabilities at any time from anywhere, and be able to compare them transparently, then test ITscope – without any obligation, for 30 days, with all tools and without hidden costs: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 9th, 2020|

ERP interfaces: ITscope ideally positioned with new partners and features

 

Order import, automatic document exchange and new interface partners on board: the ITscope ERP interfaces have received several new functions in the last weeks and months. In addition to weclapp, Systemhaus.One and other systems, ITscope is now also connected to the VARIO and HIW ERP systems. 

Thanks to the multitude of ERP interfaces connected to the ITscope platform, system houses and distributors are able to reduce their manual processes even further. Product data, prices, availabilities, quotes and extensive content are automatically imported into the respective core system. Customers of ITscope, the B2B trading platform for the IT channel, can order directly from more than 370 IT suppliers via the corresponding interfaces.

A new feature for all ITscope interfaces is the ability to configure the ERP interfaces. The ‘share’ dialogue settings can be used to configure the preferred ERP system and hide all other systems, allowing for a much less cluttered overview.

For example, if weclapp is used, then this system can be selected in the configuration settings. Here you can also see in which context the interfaces are used on the ITscope platform.

The dialogue is now much tidier after configuration.

 

The following key changes were implemented for the weclapp and Systemhaus.One interfaces.

Optimise your procurement process with ITscope and weclapp

The interface to weclapp offers several new features. The most important innovation is the automatic document exchange when sending orders from weclapp. After the customer has placed an order via weclapp, the products can be ordered directly from ITscope.

Furthermore, users are able to use lists of required products from weclapp to directly create a shopping cart with these items in ITscope. These shopping carts in turn can then be optimised and ordered via ITscope.

These orders can then be imported back into weclapp as ‘orders from ITscope’. Relevant order response documents (order confirmation, shipping notification, delivery note, invoice) are automatically synchronised to weclapp in this process, regardless of whether the order was placed through a list of required products or directly through weclapp.

The search function has also been revised, allowing searches to be carried out directly in weclapp. This saves users a lot of time when searching for information on products, suppliers and prices. As before, it is still possible to directly share products with weclapp via the ITscope search.

With the latest release it is now also possible to import orders generated in the ITscope B2B Suite – the eCommerce solution for system houses from ITscope – directly and without manual intervention via B2B order import into weclapp. This release also includes the addition of a tracking ID to the order receipt document.

Digital workflow thanks to the ‘share’ function for Systemhaus.One

Systemhaus.One is currently switching to version 10 of SAP Business One. A web client is included as standard and neumeier AG, provider of Systemhaus.One, will integrate the familiar ITscope operating elements step by step.

Systemhaus.One also supports the ‘share’ function, which allows B2B orders to be individually created in SAP upon clicking the ‘share’ button. Orders placed in the B2B Suite are directly transferred to Systemhaus.One via the order import.

New: interface with VARIO

The new VARIO interface allows ITscope users to access the 3+ million items on the ITscope platform directly from within the VARIO ERP. All product information including descriptions, images and datasheets can be directly transferred to VARIO.

The interface enables the import of all information on products, product accessories, prices and suppliers into VARIO. Quotes created in ITscope can also be transferred to VARIO.

Also new: interface with HIW

Compare, create and order – with the HIW software solution, fully electronic product creation and procurement is handled in such a way that users can access numerous ITscope functions from the ERP system. This makes the manual addition of products unnecessary, while products can be imported into the HIW system with just one click. Users can import product descriptions, images and datasheets directly from ITscope. In addition, prices and stock levels are automatically transferred and updated in real-time.

Furthermore, the addition of products in ITscope is also possible individually by click or as a mass export. Users can order directly from within HIW and transfer the order documents. Product collections can also be transferred from ITscope to HIW with just one click.

Further information on ITscope interfaces can be found here: https://www.itscope.com/en/erp-interfaces/

June 29th, 2020|

Scaled prices: new feature ready to use on the platform and B2B Suite

The ability to display scaled prices has long been a feature requested by many platform users. Now the desired feature is finally available: scaled prices can be displayed when viewing sources of supply, allowing orders to be placed for the corresponding scaled price. All prices on the product page are updated depending on quantity. In the B2B Suite, scaled prices can also be used and displayed on request.

This feature was developed as some suppliers specify prices for individual products depending on the quantity purchased. Normally, the quoted prices apply to any quantity, regardless of whether 1 or 30 pieces of a particular product are ordered. With scaled prices, on the other hand, different prices apply for certain quantity ranges defined by the supplier. In this case, the price per piece would be lower if 30 items were purchased instead of just one (due to the volume discount).

Tech Data played a pioneering role during the development phase of the scaled prices and during their introduction to the ITscope platform. The broadline distributor was the first supplier to grant volume discounts to resellers on ITscope for individual prices. Real-time price enquiries are carried out considering the quantity entered, meaning the most favourable scaled prices for the respective quantity can be found. Furthermore, SECOMP, exertis Connect, Telexroll, MaKant Europe, Hütter and Herchenhahn & Zylla now also support scaled prices for standard lists.

Scaled prices on ITscope are marked with the following icon, which is used throughout the platform:

In the product header, for example, the source of supply that is the cheapest according to the price calculation is displayed. If scaled prices exist for this source of supply, this is indicated by the scaled price symbol.

 

In the sources of supply section, available scaled prices are also indicated by the corresponding symbol. The applicable quantity ranges and prices can be viewed by hovering over the price.

 

Here, users can also enter the desired quantity directly to see at a glance whether the scaled price provider is cheaper for the required quantity. With a quantity of 1 piece, Telexroll would be more expensive than everIT…

…for a quantity of 30 products, however, Telexroll offers the lower unit price and therefore automatically slides up one position above everIT in the sorting process.

In addition, the order dialogue shows if another distributor’s price scale offers the product at a lower price than the currently selected source of supply. In the example below, Tech Data offers a lower unit price than EET Europarts for quantities above 20 units.

The symbol indicating scaled prices is also shown on the purchasing board. Since the decision on the order quantity is usually made at this point, displaying the scaled prices here is important as they have an impact on the final price of the order (depending on quantity). Resellers are only able to take advantage of this volume discount if the correct scaled prices are transmitted through the order interface. The zoomed view of the shopping cart also contains information on scaled prices for the selected source of supply.

Operators of the ITscope B2B Suite are able to pass on scaled prices from suppliers in the portal. These prices are then marked with the same symbol as on the platform.

 

As the scaled price feature can now be tested extensively, we are looking forward to your first-hand feedback! Do you have any comments, wishes or suggestions for improvement? Please let us know by sending an email to: support@itscope.com

June 29th, 2020|

New distributors listed

More and more IT distributors from Germany and abroad are discovering ITscope as a sales channel. A listing on ITscope can become a real revenue driver, especially when entering new markets. With over 7,400 active IT industry users, the ITscope network helps to achieve optimal visibility – without the need to acquire customers yourself.

For system houses and IT resellers, increasing distributor numbers mean more variety, more transparency and more freedom of choice.

The supplier base in ITscope has grown by a further 13 companies since March 2020. As a result, our trading network now comprises almost 400 distributors. Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customers
Lost d.o.o.
Replace O.Ü.
JDK Smart Home Supplies B.V.
Comstex GmbH & Co. KG
WEYEL distribution GmbH
Ulrich Richter GmbH
api B.V.
U-S-C GmbH
Alltron AGEDI
Esphere Networks GmbH
Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden
DCS ApS
systemzwo GmbH

 

June 29th, 2020|

COMM-TEC Exertis: the value added distributor for professional AV/IT media technology

 

COMM-TEC Exertis has been a distributor for AV/IT media technology in Europe for more than 30 years and has been part of DCC Technology Trading/Exertis since 2019. The company, headquartered in Uhingen near Stuttgart, distributes products from more than 60 well-known manufacturers. COMM-TEC Exertis offers optimal solutions for all requirements with the business units ‘Digital Signage & Media Solutions’, ‘Collaboration & UCC’, ‘Signal Management’, ‘Pro Audio & Control’, ‘Display Solutions’ and ‘Racks & Mounts’.

Product range expansion: in recent months, COMM-TEC Exertis has successively expanded the product range listed on ITscope. The company now lists over 4,150 products from the categories of video conferencing technology, presentation systems, streaming solutions, displays, cameras, AV-over-IP and, in the near future, suitable cable solutions for every need. Additionally, customers that already have FTP access to COMM-TEC Exertis will soon be able to view the complete range of more than 60,000 products via ITscope.

Trigger for the expansion: demand from the IT market for products from the UCC/collaboration and display solutions categories is constantly increasing. COMM-TEC Exertis is responding to this growing demand by expanding the product range listed on ITscope, providing access to a broad product portfolio in the field of professional AV technology.

Added value for customers: COMM-TEC is reacting to rising demand for professional AV products through the cooperation with ITscope. COMM-TEC offers a comprehensive product portfolio from one source, accompanies and supports partners actively from the planning phase to project realisation and also afterwards. Customers also benefit from many years of know-how and short delivery times.

 

Learn more about COMM-TEC Exertis

 

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June 29th, 2020|

Tax confusion for managed service providers: challenges posed by the temporary VAT reduction and the potential solutions that exist

 

The temporary reduction in the German VAT rate, effective from July 2020, is not necessarily welcomed by everyone. Aim of the measure is to provide financial relief and to boost the economy after the sales slump caused by corona. However, for B2B companies in particular, this may be more of an additional burden than relief. A possible solution exists though.

As part of the economic stimulus and crisis management package revealed in June, the German government announced a temporary VAT rate cut from 19% to 16% (with the reduced rate being cut from 7% to 5%), effective from 1st July 2020 to 31st December 2020. The aim of this temporary tax cut is to financially relieve consumers and to revive the economy after the sales losses during the corona lockdown. While this may sound like a welcome measure at first sight, it also creates a need for clarification of details. Enthusiasm is limited in the B2B sector as VAT is passed on to the end consumer, meaning this VAT cut is more of an additional administrative burden than advantage for B2B companies. Accounting departments of IT sector managed service providers offering prepaid subscriptions are faced with a mountain of bureaucratic work, if the measures currently planned are not mitigated before they take effect. The short-term changeover effort results in additional costs which, despite the reduction, will probably not be offset in six months’ time.

Revision of invoices from 2019?

Although the measure only applies to the second half of 2020, it does not only affect invoices issued during this period. Contrary to the initial impression, it is not enough to ‘simply’ reduce the VAT rate down to 16% on the 1st July and then back to 19% in January. Add to this some adjustments to the accounts managed by the tax advisor and the matter is settled? Unfortunately it is not this easy for providers of fixed-term contracts, as periods before and after the tax cut are also affected. In the B2B sector, as things stand at present, the tax reduction also applies to invoices issued in the past, which would now have to be corrected retrospectively. Due to the fact that, like ITscope, many IT B2B companies offer software or database solutions as subscriptions or fixed-term contracts, which are paid by the majority of customers annually in advance, the affected period of 1st July to 31st December has already been paid. One reason for offering these contracts is that discount models are common in the B2B and especially in the SaaS environment, meaning the price is reduced for longer contract terms and billing periods.

If there is no simplification of the regulation, all annual invoices issued since August 2019 would be rendered incorrect retroactively due to the tax reduction, as the period when the service is provided is the deciding factor for VAT. For example, this may result in eleven months at 19% and one month that has to be invoiced at 16%. As a result, countless retroactive adjustments would have to be made. The process of invoicing for annual invoices will also become much more complicated from July onwards: varying line items with different products have to be specified so that the correct accounts are selected for the accounting department. These line items must then registered with 16% or 19% depending on the time period, so that the interim VAT return can be created correctly. No special rules have been foreseen for this circumstance either – and time is pressing: interim VAT returns must be declared by the 10th of the following month, unless an application for an extension of the deadline has been submitted.

Additionally, a potential extension of the VAT rate cut beyond December 2020 would further complicate matters.

Bureaucratic chaos ensues

If no simplification of the regulation is passed by the government, B2B companies would theoretically have to retrospectively correct all annual invoices issued in the last few months, thus causing considerable effort for themselves, their customers and the tax authorities.
According to §14c sentence 1 of the UStG (German VAT Act), companies are obliged to pay excessively invoiced VAT in full to the authorities. B2B customers, however, theoretically do not have the right to deduct the excessive VAT as input tax and would therefore have to insist on a modified invoice, even if this invoice was already fully processed in 2019 including input tax.

Proposed solution…

One way to ease the complex situation would be to clarify, with reference to §14c, that legal certainty also exists for recipients of overcharged invoices with regard to the advance VAT return – at least for invoices that have already been paid. In this case, B2B firms could inform their customers accordingly that the rate remains at 19% and that a corrective invoice will only be issued if necessary upon request – for example for invoices that have not yet been paid.

The German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) is calling for the clarification of details for the tax reduction. Pragmatic solutions must be found to remove legal hurdles in the short term. In the case of providers of managed services, however, the demands mentioned by Bitkom still fall short. Here, VAT is only a pass-through tax, but the time period when a service is provided must still be considered to determine the VAT rate, in order to comply with the current regulations. An appropriate simplification could involve charging advance B2B subscription payments at the tax rate applicable at the time of invoicing. In other words: all invoices up to 30th June would use the 19% rate, all invoices between 1st July and 31st December would use the 16% rate. This would have to apply regardless of whether the time period when the service is provided only partially overlaps with the tax reduction period.

… or directly to drastic simplification

The rule simplifications that would apply to inner-European cross-border trade, on the other hand, would also be much more accommodating for German companies: European suppliers with customers in Germany are not affected by the tax cut. A considerable simplification has long been in force with the reverse charge procedure for inner-European trade, meaning companies in Europe are exempt from the obligation to charge VAT when trading across borders.

With the current regulations, however, the VAT carousel continues to spin. The European input tax deduction system, with different rates set for each country, has frequently been criticised for being open to exploitation by organised criminals, causing tax losses of several billions. In addition to reducing bureaucracy, a general reverse charge procedure would also close existing loopholes and counteract abuse of the system.

June 25th, 2020|
Press releases

Release Notes for Update 2020.31

We have fine-tuned the address selection process to make it easier to manage and select addresses. Additionally, quotes can now be shown with gross prices and, in the case of term-based contracts, it is possible to adjust the tax rate based on the contract end date.

Setting up product files in the B2B Suite has now been made more flexible. A price can be declared as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’ and it can be defined whether the file only provides the price or if it is used as an additional source of supply.

Furthermore, we have fixed some bugs that occurred on the product page, sources of supply list and portal configuration.

Platform

  • For quotes with German tax rates, it is possible to select the regular 19% rate in addition to the reduced tax rates that are currently valid. This feature has been added because for term-based contracts, the tax rate that applies at the end of the contract can be used in the invoice.
  • The presentation of the address selection has been improved. Addresses can now also be edited on a one-off basis without changing the address book entry.
  • It is possible to choose whether gross prices are displayed to the recipient of a quote.
  • When sending orders via API to the test distributor ‘ITscope Partner Test’, the option to generate order response documents automatically is now available again.
  • For BMEcat exports, an average time (in working days) can be selected to indicate how long the supplier will take to deliver the items.
  • If scaled prices are available for a product, then the price displayed on the purchasing board in the ‘Prepared Orders’ column will match the price corresponding to the selected quantity.
  • When switching to another product in the product search, the selected quantity in the detail section will then be set back to ‘1’.
  • In the product header, it is now possible to request project prices for products from the manufacturer D-Link.
  • Some of the Dutch translations have been improved to ensure better wording.

B2B Suite

  • In the portal configuration, you can now define for each product file whether the price should be interpreted as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’. It is also possible to decide whether the product file simply represents the price or whether it is an additional source of supply for the product.
  • The portal registration of new companies now works even if no customers have been created in the portal so far.
  • In portals with user-specific addresses, there were some issues with the order approval process. These problems have now been fixed.
  • When portal operators edited the standard billing and delivery addresses of their customers, error messages were repeatedly displayed. This issue has been corrected.
  • The status of the domain setup is displayed correctly again.
  • In the case of products with fixed prices, sometimes errors occurred in the sources of supply list when displaying these prices. This bug has been fixed.
  • For sources of supply, the presentation of the VAT rate specified in B2B product files has been corrected.
July 30th, 2020|

New test lab features on the ITscope platform

 

New features that are still in development can be used and extensively tested with the ITscope test laboratory. Recently, new features have been added and can now be activated in the test lab section of the platform – help us to make these features even better by providing feedback!

New address selection in orders

The first new test lab feature allows users to replace the old address selection dialogue with a new, extended selection dialogue that simplifies the management, selection and addition of addresses.

By activating this feature in the test lab, users are able to directly edit the address when ordering. Previously, addresses could only be adjusted globally and it was not possible to adapt an address for only one order – now the process is much easier. During the ordering process, the delivery and/or billing address can be edited or swapped by clicking on the ‘Edit‘ or ‘Choose from address list‘ button. This feature is useful if a different employee within the same company is the recipient of the order, for example.

By clicking on the ‘Edit button next the delivery or invoice address, you are able to directly edit the corresponding address. Contrary to making changes in the address book, this is not a global change and only affects the delivery or billing address of the current order. The address that was initially selected from the address book will remain unchanged – as the info field in the screenshot also illustrates. It is therefore only a one-time action and prevents accidental wrong deliveries in the future.

Furthermore, the address field is no longer limited to just one recipient, as it is now possible to also add an address suffix. This could, for example, be used to specify the employee within a company that is the recipient of the order. As an address suffix, this information will always be printed on the address label of the parcel – this was not the case with every distributor previously.

Selecting the ‘Choose from address list button (below the delivery or billing address) will open the address selection dialogue. We have also improved the search function for contacts from your own contact network, in addition to improving the contact creation function. Other addresses that have already been stored can also be selected in this dialogue and can be used for individual orders.

 

Skip order preparation

Thanks to this additional new feature, which can also be activated in the test lab, orders can be generated directly from the shopping cart and shipped immediately. This eliminates the need to move the order to the ‘Prepared orders‘ column of the purchasing board.

Up until now, the ‘Prepared orders‘ step was included in between the ‘Shopping cart‘ and ‘Placed orders‘ steps.

With the new feature, this intermediate step is hidden and the order can be ordered directly from the shopping cart.

This reduces the ordering process by one step and the overall procedure is similar to B2C portals, where it is common practice to place orders directly from the shopping cart.

We appreciate your feedback when testing the new features in the test lab!

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July 29th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.30

In order to facilitate working with B2B price lists, we have expanded the number of retrieval statistics available. Additionally, we fixed a bug that prevented the creation of these lists. We also improved the behaviour of the minimum price optimisation and the sorting of sources of supply.

Platform

  • When adding an item to a shopping cart, the cart that is currently active is indicated in the selection menu.
  • The sorting of sources of supply with a purchase price of €0 and a calculated price not equal to €0 has been corrected.

B2B Suite

  • Retrieval statistics for B2B price lists also show the number of imported retail prices (RP) and minimum prices.
  • For the minimum price optimisation, discrepancies sometimes occurred when a margin was stored in the price calculation of the supplier. This bug has been fixed.
  • Retrieval statistics are now available for individual price and project lists, similar to the B2B price lists.
  • A bug that prevented the creation of new B2B price lists has been fixed.
  • It is now possible to generate an invitation link for B2B portal users, instead of inviting them via an invitation email.
  • The CSV importer for product lists now ignores the file extension of the corresponding file. File contents will still be checked for conformity.

 

July 21st, 2020|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2 2020

Supply shortages have been overcome, Apple is Q2 champion

The ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020 is here – with the current top sellers from ten categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com:

  • Newcomers: Apple dominates the highflyers
  • Mobile phones: iPhone SE (2nd generation) well received
  • Tablets: Surface or iPad Pro? Both are strong!
  • Notebooks: stock levels replenished, Lenovo dominant
  • CPUs: new products from Intel and AMD ahead again

The latest edition of the ITscope Market Barometer as a PDF (English)

Detailed numbers as an MS Excel File

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

Here are the 30 most active new releases with hot seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceQ2 clicks
# 1Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation), 64GB, black, MX9R2ZD/AMX9R2ZD/A2020-04-174022
# 2Apple Magic Keyboard, MXQU2D/AMXQU2D/A2020-03-192012
# 3Apple MacBook Air, 13.3″, i3, 8GB, 256GB, MWTJ2D/AMWTJ2D/A2020-03-191857
# 4Apple iPad Pro, 12.9″, 128GB, space grey, MY2H2FD/AMY2H2FD/A2020-03-191566
# 5WD Red, 4TB, 5400 rpm, WD40EFAXWD40EFAX2020-01-151517
# 6HPE Aruba – SFP+ LC Single-Mode, J9151EJ9151E2020-01-15868
# 7Intel Core i9 10900K, 10-Core, 3.7 GHz, HT, BX8070110900KBX8070110900K2020-04-28856
# 8Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo, 24089-999-99924089-999-9992020-03-19827
# 9Synology Disk Station DS220jDS220J2020-01-31680
# 10Microsoft Surface Dock 2, 1GK-000021GK-000022020-05-07595
# 11Sophos SD-RED 20, R20ZTCHMRR20ZTCHMR2020-04-07548
# 12HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw, 7KW64A#B197KW64A#B192020-01-21527
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July 20th, 2020|

Press release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as PDF (English)

Detailed figures as MS Excel data

Content:

 

Corona crisis seems to have passed peak, Apple is champion and PC systems in decline: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

Karlsruhe, 21.07.2020 – After the previous first quarter market barometer was overshadowed by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation has improved in the past weeks. In most categories, stock levels started rising again after March – sometimes even rising much higher than necessary, as advance figures for the ITscope market barometer of the second quarter of 2020 have shown.

While the first quarter of 2020 was dominated by the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the situation noticeably eased in the second quarter with no signs of any supply bottlenecks. Home office equipment is now mostly available again, while other product categories that are less suited to working from home seem to be in a difficult situation. in this case, however, the problem is warehouses being filled with too much stock.

Are PC systems in decline? Stock shortages, as observed with notebooks recently, are not a problem for this category: PC stock levels are full and prices are falling. It seems that PC systems will emerge as the category hardest hit by the the corona crisis. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that these PCs are much less flexible and not very practical in the home office, contrary to notebooks. Nevertheless, Lenovo is defending its top position with the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7.

Notebooks, on the other hand, are finally available again without supply problems. Lenovo in particular is well positioned in this category: the Chinese manufacturer is now really taking off with the ThinkPad E15. Apple is also excelling this quarter, with the tech giant still having a firm grip on the highflyer charts, led by the new second generation iPhone SE. Customers have found this smartphone to be practical, reasonably priced and with all the necessary features for business use. The predecessor model from 2016 was already extremely popular on ITscope for a long time, thanks to its combination of good value for money and compact design.

In terms of product categories, it is worth taking a closer look at tablets, notebooks and, not least because of the iPhone SE, smartphones. Apple is also a leader in the mobile category, being represented six times in the top 10. The situation is similar for tablets. Here, the Californian manufacturer is continuing success story. However, the newcomer from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, is an interesting alternative. The comparatively expensive MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is being left behind by comparable products from Lenovo and HP.

Highflyer: Apple once again takes the lead

After Apple lost a lot of clicks in the previous quarter and was pushed off the top of the highflyer charts, the Californian manufacturer is now back at the top with four products. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the industry seems to have largely recovered from the effects of the corona crisis. Only rarely are there still delivery problems for individual products.

In first place this quarter is the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to the first SE series in previous market barometers, the second generation iPhone SE has also rapidly surged to the top. The SE series is particularly popular in the business sector, as the iPhone SE can certainly keep up with Apple’s flagship products in terms of performance. Some of the ‘consumer’ features such as the camera, however, have been downgraded. As a result, the smartphone is available at a relatively low Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €400.

The Apple iPad Pro with 12.9 inches, which has been listed since March 2020, made it to 4th place. It has therefore managed to displace the previous quarter’s winner, the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft. Apple’s Pro series of tablets is also very impressive in the business sector. Accompanying the iPad, the compatible keyboard is also in the highflyer charts: Apple’s Magic Keyboard lands 2nd place. This combination brings to mind the past quarter, when Microsoft was at the top with both the Surface Pro 7 and the matching keyboard. It seems that the ‘tablet for business solutions’ from both of these tech giants are proving their worth in the channel. In between, in 3rd place, the new MacBook Air rounds off Apple’s lead in the highflyer charts.

In 5th place is the WD Red NAS Hard Drive, a newcomer to the hard drive category. This SATA hard drive with 4 Terabytes is specifically designed for NAS use and with a WSP of €94 it is quite affordable. The hard drive cache has been increased compared to the previous model of the series, with the WD Red NAS Hard Drive boasting a large 256 MB. The WD Red NAS Hard Drive uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, a newer recording technology compared to the conventional magnetic recording (CMR) used so far. With SMR, overlapping data tracks increase storage density and overall storage capacity. At the same time, however, this can also result in performance losses, as when a track is written, the other tracks must also be updated, which is a downside of the SMR technology.

7th place is occupied by the new star in Intel’s CPU universe: the Intel Core i9 10900K, which has only been listed on ITscope since the end of April 2020. The latest processor from the Californian manufacturer convinces with very good performance, even in games. However, the price is a big drawback: with a wholesale price of over €500, the i9 10900K is significantly more expensive than comparable CPUs from main competitor AMD.

Directly behind, in 8th place, the Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo can be found. The headset, listed since March 2020, certainly partly owes its success to the current trend towards home office and video conferencing, for which headsets are essential. With the new OnEar headset series Evolve2, Jabra offers a headset with noise isolation and busylight function, which is designed to facilitate concentrated work in the office – a feature that is also useful when working from home. This new series offers a longer battery life and improved performance compared to previous models. The Evolve2 40 features 40 mm drivers and three microphones. It is also corded and thus differs from the other two models in the series – but with a WSP of around €80 it is also the most affordable out of the Evolve2 family.

Summer vibes can be felt in 23rd place, which has been secured by the Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S. In the workplace as well as in the home office, the mobile pedestal fan ensures a cool head in hot temperatures and is comparatively quiet.

TFTs: HP and Dell remain on top

Not much has happened in the TFT sector in the second quarter of the year. The first two places remain the same: HP and Dell are still in the lead, followed by Samsung and LG.

Dell now holds pole position for the third consecutive quarter with the P2419H, which has been listed since 2018 – with a lead of over 2,000 clicks. With a WSP of around €130 for the 24 inch screen, the P2419H is also way ahead in terms of price/performance ratio. Dell has also secured third place with the P2719H, the same model in the 27 inch version. In between the two Dell TFTs, HP remains in second place in the ranking with the EliteDisplay E243i, which has been clicked around 3,000 times. Only then do LG and Samsung follow in 4th and 6th place.

The front places are still occupied by the usual suspects and a ‘game changer’ in the field of TFTs is still missing. All displays listed in the upper ranks date back to 2018 or before.

Mobile phones: Apple’s new iPhone SE an immediate success

This quarter will be particularly exciting for mobile phones: Apple clearly dominates the mobile category and is represented six times in the Top Ten, occupying all places from 1 to 5. 

The new iPhone 11 with 64 GB secures first place and replaces the iPhone 8 at the top. This latest and most powerful Apple smartphone model is currently listed on ITscope with a WSP of around €650 and has attracted over 4,000 clicks.

A real rising star has taken second place: the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020, has leapt from zero directly into the top positions of the ranking. The device offers an A13 chip, which is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. Memory and software are also the same. In terms of performance, the iPhone SE can keep up with the top models, but cost savings are made with the camera and screen resolution – things that are less important in the business sector. The display is also smaller and instead of the modern Face ID system, the iPhone SE only has Touch ID.

The predecessor model of the ‘budget’ iPhone SE was already very popular in the business sector: the first generation iPhone SE remained a permanent fixture in the ITscope charts thanks to its good price-performance ratio and handy format. But even at first glance, the new iPhone SE is noticeably different from the older model. This is because with a display diagonal of 4.7 inches, it is significantly larger than its 4-inch predecessor. Further differences then become apparent when considering technology: as described above, an A13 bionic processor provides immensely improved speed compared to the 2016 model. What is most convincing about the iPhone SE, however, is its price: just like the earlier model in the SE series, the new generation is significantly cheaper than comparable Apple smartphones with a WSP of around €400.

Samsung’s Galaxy A51 has at least made it to 9th place in the mobile phone category. The successor model to the popular Samsung Galaxy A50 has therefore made the Top Ten. Aside from the Apple devices, only the Xcover 4s (6th place), the Galaxy A40 (7th place) and the Galaxy S10 (10th place) from the South Korean manufacturer have made it into the Top Ten. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, which has been listed on ITscope since January 2020, jumped from 107th to 14th place this quarter. The Lite model differs only slightly from the main model in terms of price, but is nevertheless impressive in terms of performance: the S10 Lite has a high-performance chip installed and also has 8 GB RAM. The price/performance ratio is definitely right for a wholesale price of €455.

Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite makes an impressive entry

In terms of tablets, this quarter can be described as a stabilisation rather than a change: Apple and Microsoft are still in the lead, while Samsung is also keeping an eye on the top ranks. Apple, in particular, is delivering the rising stars among tablets this quarter.

Apple’s iPad 10.2 inch is again in first place. The tablet, which has been listed since September 2019, therefore replaced the previous first place winner, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, which has got a still respectable 2nd place.

The third step of the winners’ podium is occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which has improved enormously from its previous 29th place. This tablet stands out for its very reasonable price and the high-resolution LED display. With a WSP of around €200, it is by far the cheapest tablet among the Top Ten. Interestingly, the strong demand seems to have had an impact on the WSP: the WSP is now on average €20 higher for the Tab A than in the previous quarter.

An impressive 6th place was secured by a newcomer from Samsung with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to its mobile phones, Samsung has released a cheaper tablet version of the main S6 model. With a WSP of €360, it is a one of the cheaper options of the tablet category. In comparison to the main model, the device offers less performance and a weaker screen, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite convinces with a solid battery performance, expandable memory and the included S-Pen stylus.

Listed on ITscope since March 2020, the Apple iPad Pro in the 128 GB version has also made a considerable leap forward. The 12.9 inch model jumped from 173rd to 9th place, while the 11 inch version managed a leap from 190th to 8th place. The tablet, which can certainly be used in a business environment and plays in the same league as the Surface Pro 7, has the new A12Z Bionic Chip from Apple. According to the manufacturer, this chip is supposed to make the tablet more powerful than many Windows notebooks. Even demanding tasks, such as editing 4K videos and 3D models, should be possible.

Notebooks: Lenovo and HP lead the way

In the last market barometer, the notebook category was strongly impacted by bottlenecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The short-notice switch to home office ensured that notebooks became a particularly sought-after commodity. In the meantime, however, the situation has eased considerably and notebooks are available again, as our evaluation of the inventory figures from the ITscope platform shows.

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15, previously in second place, has secured the lead this quarter – with a decent margin. With over 10,000 clicks, it was called up more than twice as often as HP’s second placed notebook. With stock levels normalising again since April, the average WSP is also recovering. At the height of the corona crisis, almost €800 had to be paid, whereas the ThinkPad E15 is now available with a WSP of around €675. At this price, it is on par pricewise with HP’s competitor product in 2nd place, the ProBook 450 G6.

Apple has also made it into the Top Ten with its notebooks. For example, the relatively expensive MacBook Pro from 2019 climbed to 4th place. If the eye-watering WSP of €2,500 doesn’t deter you, the MacBook is guaranteed to not leave wanting: 1TB SSD hard drive, latest generation Intel Core i9 processor, 15.9 inch retina display and touch bar makes the competition in the upper ranks look pale in comparison.

In terms of processors, however, Intel will be replaced in the near future: at the WWDC developer conference keynote, Apple announced switching from Intel to ARM processors (German article). Within two years, all Mac models are to be switched over, but there will still be devices with Intel processors and the corresponding software.

The Californian manufacturer also has a cheaper newcomer device in store. The MacBook Air, listed since March 2020, has made 6th place. This latest generation of the Air series impresses with an Intel i3 processor and a variety of memory options. With a WSP of €950, it’s not a bargain, but it’s significantly cheaper than the devices in Apple’s Pro line.

HP’s newcomer devices secured 9th and 12th place: the HP ProBook 450 G7 (with an Intel i5) and the HP 250 G7 (with an Intel i3). Both devices have been listed on ITscope since February 2020 and, as the successor model to the second-placed G6, they immediately managed a good launch into the business world. However, if you already own an HP ProBook 450 G6, there is no reason to change for the time being: apart from a new keyboard, an improved screen and a few new features, such as face recognition and fingerprinting, not much has changed.

PC systems: losers of the Corona crisis?

Are PC systems developing into slow sellers during the corona crisis? Here, too, the evaluation of the ITscope inventory figures provides revealing insights: this product category is far removed from possible supply bottlenecks, as was recently the case with notebooks. A probable reason for this is that corona has led to a general rethinking regarding new working environments, with more flexible working hours and possibilities. Working in home office in particular has gained enormously in importance, and as a precautionary measure companies are now preferring notebooks to the significantly less flexible PC systems.

In addition, hardly any new models were launched in this category. As a result, not much has changed in the ranking, with the top places only changing among themselves. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, which leaves the competition behind without a chance, took first place once again. With over 6,000 clicks, it has over three times as many hits as HP’s second placed ProDesk 400 G6. But despite strong interest in this PC system, the influence of the corona crisis cannot be ignored: since mid-April, the price has been on a downward trend, falling from €540 to a current WSP of around €500. 

There are also clear signs of an overall decrease in price: while the average WSP of the top 10 products in the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was around €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, and for individual products by more than 20 percent.

Graphics cards: Power-saving office newcomer with three display ports

As in the previous quarter, the high-end RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card from MSI remains at the top of the graphics card league. The high wholesale price of over 1,100 Euros does not detract from its popularity.

In addition to the Taiwanese manufacturer MSI, which is particularly dominant in the category and claims the first four places for itself alone, Gigabyte has also made it into the Top Ten. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming, listed since August 2019, jumped from 37th to an impressive 5th place. Rightly so, as it performed well in a test review (German article), especially in terms of cooling. With three coolers, the GeForce RTC 2070 Super Gaming remains below 61 degrees even during the stress test (meaning a higher clock rate).  

PNY took 7th place with the Quadro P4000. At a WSP of around €740, it is a rather expensive model, but it also has a lot to offer: the GPU is characterised by a high clock rate of 1200 MHz and also a good pixel rate of over 90 px/s.

The Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, which has been listed on ITscope since December 2019, climbed to 24th place. This model particularly impresses with its low energy consumption and three DisplayPort outputs – and is therefore ideally suited for use in the office. Its price also plays a part in the success of the Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, as at a WSP of just €190, the graphics card is significantly cheaper than other top products in this category. In the gaming sector, however, the graphics card is rather unsuitable and struggles  with 60 fps (Full HD), which is why it doesn’t score well in this CHIP test (German article).

Mainboards: MSI, Asus and Gigabyte dominate the top ten

As in the previous quarter, the three Taiwanese manufacturers MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are ahead when it comes to high-performance motherboards.

The MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX with the classic AM4 base secured first place this quarter. This mainboard, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is particularly impressive due to its price. At a WSP of €120, the mainboard not only offers a lot in terms of performance, but according to the test result (German article), it also has a comparably powerful power supply, extensive bios and shines with a simple design without a lot of bells and whistles.

ASUS made a leap from 49th to 11th place with the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. The motherboard offers very good performance combined with a first-class CPU power supply. The equipment includes eight SATA 6 GBit/s interfaces and nine USB 3.1 Gen2 sockets. But a convincing overall performance (German article) also comes at a price, with a WSP of almost €270.

 

Processors: AMD Ryzen back on pole position

With the CPUs, the familiar battle for the lead has gone into the next round. This quarter, AMD is ahead of the pack and has pushed Intel from first and second place. However, a clear winner is still not apparent, as both manufacturers are not giving anything up in terms of popularity and alternate from quarter to quarter in the top position.

However, at the end of the year, there is an event that could pay off positively for AMD. At the turn of the year, both Microsoft and Sony will release their next gen games consoles, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both will come onto the market with AMD CPUs tailor-made for them. A special feature of these console chips is that they will have to supply the steadily growing performance demanded by the games industry in the coming years. The last generation change was seven years ago, and even then Sony and Microsoft were already using AMD. 

This quarter also went really well for AMD overall: at almost 2,500 clicks, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 3.6 GHz and 8 cores secured 1st place. The chip, listed since June 2019, is a real price-performance winner with a WSP of €275 and makes comparable Intel products look old, including the Intel Core i7 9700K in third place, which has a price €60 higher than the AMD for comparable performance.

But Intel has brought an ace into the game this quarter. The Intel Core i9 10900K, which has been listed since April 2020, sets new standards in terms of performance: compared to its predecessor, the 9900K, Intel is adding two more cores and impresses with a higher clock rate of 3.7-5.3 GHz and an improved memory clock rate of 2933 MHz. At around 850 clicks, the 10900K just about doesn’t make it into the Top Ten, but lands in a still respectable 13th place for the newcomer. In Intel’s CPU portfolio, however, it is the superstar – this is also reflected in the price of over €500. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in fourth place offers 12 cores, allowing it to compete with the 10900K in terms of performance, all while being €100 less expensive.

In general, Intel also lags far behind competitor AMD in terms of architecture. The Californian manufacturer has been stuck in 14nm architecture for six years now, while AMD has long since made the quantum leap to 7nm architecture. Apart from that, there is little movement in the CPU product category, with the top 50 being exclusively occupied by AMD and Intel – a difficult field for other manufacturers.

Server: HP Enterprise’s one man show

HP Enterprise continues to play the leading role in the server category – all by itself: the ProLiant series from the American manufacturer almost exclusively dominates the Top Ten. At almost 1,000 clicks, the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Base, listed since April 2019, snatches first place from its ‘series siblings’.

Fujitsu has made it relatively far up this quarter and has at least managed to compete with HP Enterprise in the Top 25: the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX1310 M3, listed since January 2020, reaches a proud 18th place with 247 clicks. The tower server is especially suitable for small and medium-sized businesses, in part due to the comparatively low wholesale price of around €750. It offers the latest processors from the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 product family, Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors and is suitable for all essential computing requirements with up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. 

 

Storage systems: newcomer from Synology off to a flying start

There hasn’t been much change in the storage solutions category either. Synology and QNAP dominate the Top Ten, with the top four rankings even featuring the exact same systems as in the previous quarter. At almost 2,000 clicks, the Synology DS218+, listed since 2017, is still at the top, followed by the Synology Disk Station DS918+ with about 1,300 clicks. In 3rd and 4th place are the TS-431P and TS-231P from the Taiwanese manufacturer QNAP.

In 5th place, it starts to get more interesting: the Synology Disk Station DS220j, which has only been listed since the beginning of the year, secures this place despite being a newcomer. The j-series is ideal for entering the server world of Synology. With the Disk Station DS220j, Synology offers a cost-effective entry model with the latest technology in its product portfolio. Although the system’s storage is expandable up to 32 TB, with 512 MB of RAM, it is more suitable for home or small business use.

 

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July 20th, 2020|

Virtual instead of on site: trade fairs & events during corona

 

Large events have been prohibited during the current coronavirus pandemic, causing many organisers to switch to virtual concepts instead. These offer a variety of advantages and hardly any disadvantages. Will this push towards new event concepts change the event industry in the long term after corona?

As some of the lockdown rules are gradually being eased, one sector will not be returning to normality for the time being and is especially suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: large events, including many trade fairs, will probably remain prohibited until at least the end of August.

While many events that were supposed to take place in spring have been postponed indefinitely, the trend is now tending towards alternative, situation-appropriate solutions. These range from limiting visitor numbers and spreading out rooms to a completely digital implementation.

Pioneer for digital implementation: gamescom

A deciding factor for choosing the latter option is the restriction on international travel, in addition to the safety and hygiene measures that are in place. For example, the organisers of gamescom, one of the world’s largest events for computer and video games with several hundred thousand visitors every year, opted for a fully digital event. This decision also includes the expansion of various digital formats, such as the improved ‘gamescom now’ content hub with a variety of topics, shows and numerous talks. Notably, it is not necessary to purchase a ticket for the digital offerings of ‘gamescom now’. The organisers have done this in order to allow as many fans as possible to participate virtually in gamescom.

But these concepts, as simple and convenient as they may be for visitors, require well thought-out planning and preparation. The corona crisis has given a real boost to providers carrying out virtual events: business is booming, with significantly more conferences, trade fairs, seminars, career and team events currently being held online than in 2019.

The advantages offered by digital concepts …

While the new concepts have been brought to the fore by necessity in many companies, the advantages of virtual events are now becoming increasingly obvious. Not only organisational hurdles, often including a long journey to the event, are removed. Companies can also significantly increase the reach of events and reduce costs at the same time. In addition, a visit to a trade fair that only requires a login on the PC, for example, is much more likely to be considered than an event that involves a long and possibly cumbersome journey. There is also the added benefit of reduced environmental burdens, as the need to travel, transport and physically set up events is omitted.

… and one disadvantage of virtual events

In contrast to the many advantages that a virtual event offers, there is one big disadvantage: the ‘face-to-face’ experience including personal, individual conversation is missing. Despite the video and chat functions that many providers offer, it is still a different experience to directly stand next to each other.

But there is also a positive spin to this downside. At student career fairs, for example, initiating personal contact often represents a challenge. For some people, it is certainly more pleasant to make contact or ask questions via chat. And if the online conversations go well, personal (or at least telephone) contact is quick to follow.

In conclusion, a local presence and the long journey that is often associated with it are not always necessary. With the right equipment, many things can be done comfortably and easily from home.

Are you looking for suitable IT equipment for your virtual event? Would you like to transparently compare prices and availability of webcams, headsets and many other products? ITscope offers you the optimal platform for this. Register free of charge at: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 20th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.29

Datasheets from our API can now be accessed using the CNET-ID.

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July 14th, 2020|

Full warehouses and falling prices: PC systems are becoming slow sellers

 

Karlsruhe, 07/07/2020 – Stock levels of home office equipment are stabilising again after the peak of the corona crisis, whereas other products are having to deal with some unique difficulties. Particularly PC systems, a product category that is clearly at a disadvantage in the home office when compared to light and flexible notebooks, are currently in low demand. As a result, stock levels are rising steadily – which is noticeably affecting prices.

IT hardware stock levels looked worrying back in March: notebooks were almost sold out, while headsets, monitors and webcams were in equally high demand. Products required for the basic equipping of a home office were selling fast.

In the last update in mid-May, the evaluation of stock levels on the ITscope platform showed that stock levels are increasing again and the situation is normalising. However, at this point it also became apparent that one product category in particular is having to overcome completely different hurdles.

Decreasing demand for PC systems

Stock levels were moving in the opposite direction for PC systems, a product category that is less suitable for home office. While stocks levels of other products were quickly reducing, PC system stock levels rose. As could already be foreseen in May, it is now becoming increasingly clear that prices are falling due to the rising stock levels. Not only is there hesitancy in undertaking IT infrastructure projects due to the current economic situation. It has also become clear during the corona crisis that notebooks should be part of the standard inventory in the future, in order to guarantee increased employee flexibility.

“The current situation gives us a glimpse into the future: we suspect that PC systems will increasingly disappear from the office sector and will be replaced by notebooks. During the corona crisis, many companies have realised how important flexible working is and want to support this with the appropriate equipment”, explains Oliver Gorges, sales manager at cop software + services, subsidiary of ITscope GmbH.

This circumstance is also confirmed by the preliminary figures of the ITscope market barometer for the 2nd quarter of 2020. Seemingly, PC systems are becoming slow sellers – and no signs of improvement can be seen yet.

Full warehouses ensure falling prices

A comparison of figures for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020 shows a clear decline in price. While the average Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) for the top 10 products of the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was noticeably higher at €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, while for some products it even fell by more than 20 percent.

A comparison with last year’s second quarter figures shows that the prices of individual products in the then top 10 also fell in the period from March to July – but to a much lesser extent. A seasonal phenomenon can therefore not be assumed. This is also made clear when individually looking at the current top 10 PC systems.

Top products paint a clear picture

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), which has been listed on ITscope since August 2019, is a particularly vivid example for this: while the PC system’s WSP was subject to only minor fluctuations up to April, it has steadily decreased since then. It is now hovering at around €490 – previously it was at a steady €530. The reason for this seems to be the increasing levels of stock: while a maximum of 5.500 units were previously reported by the distribution department on ITscope, the current peak value is almost 20.000 units.

Price/stock level/status history Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), October 2019 to July 2020

A very similar situation can be seen with the PC systems in 2nd and 3rd place of the ITscope market barometer. Second place is taken by the HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), which has been listed since July 2019, and has the same combination of full stocks and falling prices. Although the total of almost 5.500 units in stock is lower than for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, the stock level has almost doubled in comparison to pre-corona values. With this oversupply, a falling WSP is the logical consequence. Even though the WSP trend for this PC is not quite as consistent as for Lenovo’s first-placed system, and is subject to stronger fluctuations, the WSP in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 (before corona) was never as low as the current price of around €500.

 

Price/stock level/status history HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), October 2019 to July 2020

In addition, the HP ProDesk 400 G6 has a sales trend of zero between January and March – as the warehouses were empty. A possible explanation for this could be the supply bottlenecks that resulted due to the lockdown in China. In March, the sales trend briefly spiked as the product became available again. After that, however, sales figures rapidly fell again and stocks remain full. It appears that lower prices are now expected to counteract the falling sales.

The Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T) in 3rd place, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is also struggling with falling prices. At more than 3.000 units, stock levels are comparatively high and the WSP of about €450 is correspondingly low.

 

Price/stock level/status history Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T), October 2019 to July 2020

How will the situation develop? Will the changes be so far-reaching that a sustainable rethinking will take place, towards a flexible working world that is spatially independent? Or is this just a unique situation and the demand for PC systems will rise again as soon as the economic downturn eases? It remains to be seen how the demand for these PC systems will develop.

In the market barometer published every quarter, ITscope retrospectively analyses the three million IT products listed on ITscope.com to see how many times each product was viewed on the platform. This provide a well-founded insight into the category-specific product interest of IT resellers.
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July 9th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.28

This release allows B2B product lists to be imported as CSV. We have also improved the function of some scaled price features.

Platform

  • Headings for the invoice and delivery address on orders are now correctly translated into the respective language.
  • The scaled price dialogue, which is shown on the purchasing board when the ‘scaled price info’ button is clicked, is now also localised.

B2B Suite

  • Product lists can be imported as CSV in the portal configuration.
  • In the scaled price info on the purchasing board, the supplier name was sometimes shown instead of the alias. This bug has been fixed.
  • If a distributor does not deliver to certain regions, and has configured this accordingly, and a B2B customer from one of these regions places an order in the portal, then this order will not be processed automatically via order automation.
  • Customers are now also able to register themselves for a portal if the email address has already been used in another portal or on the platform.
July 7th, 2020|
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Changelog

Release Notes for Update 2020.31

We have fine-tuned the address selection process to make it easier to manage and select addresses. Additionally, quotes can now be shown with gross prices and, in the case of term-based contracts, it is possible to adjust the tax rate based on the contract end date.

Setting up product files in the B2B Suite has now been made more flexible. A price can be declared as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’ and it can be defined whether the file only provides the price or if it is used as an additional source of supply.

Furthermore, we have fixed some bugs that occurred on the product page, sources of supply list and portal configuration.

Platform

  • For quotes with German tax rates, it is possible to select the regular 19% rate in addition to the reduced tax rates that are currently valid. This feature has been added because for term-based contracts, the tax rate that applies at the end of the contract can be used in the invoice.
  • The presentation of the address selection has been improved. Addresses can now also be edited on a one-off basis without changing the address book entry.
  • It is possible to choose whether gross prices are displayed to the recipient of a quote.
  • When sending orders via API to the test distributor ‘ITscope Partner Test’, the option to generate order response documents automatically is now available again.
  • For BMEcat exports, an average time (in working days) can be selected to indicate how long the supplier will take to deliver the items.
  • If scaled prices are available for a product, then the price displayed on the purchasing board in the ‘Prepared Orders’ column will match the price corresponding to the selected quantity.
  • When switching to another product in the product search, the selected quantity in the detail section will then be set back to ‘1’.
  • In the product header, it is now possible to request project prices for products from the manufacturer D-Link.
  • Some of the Dutch translations have been improved to ensure better wording.

B2B Suite

  • In the portal configuration, you can now define for each product file whether the price should be interpreted as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’. It is also possible to decide whether the product file simply represents the price or whether it is an additional source of supply for the product.
  • The portal registration of new companies now works even if no customers have been created in the portal so far.
  • In portals with user-specific addresses, there were some issues with the order approval process. These problems have now been fixed.
  • When portal operators edited the standard billing and delivery addresses of their customers, error messages were repeatedly displayed. This issue has been corrected.
  • The status of the domain setup is displayed correctly again.
  • In the case of products with fixed prices, sometimes errors occurred in the sources of supply list when displaying these prices. This bug has been fixed.
  • For sources of supply, the presentation of the VAT rate specified in B2B product files has been corrected.
July 30th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.30

In order to facilitate working with B2B price lists, we have expanded the number of retrieval statistics available. Additionally, we fixed a bug that prevented the creation of these lists. We also improved the behaviour of the minimum price optimisation and the sorting of sources of supply.

Platform

  • When adding an item to a shopping cart, the cart that is currently active is indicated in the selection menu.
  • The sorting of sources of supply with a purchase price of €0 and a calculated price not equal to €0 has been corrected.

B2B Suite

  • Retrieval statistics for B2B price lists also show the number of imported retail prices (RP) and minimum prices.
  • For the minimum price optimisation, discrepancies sometimes occurred when a margin was stored in the price calculation of the supplier. This bug has been fixed.
  • Retrieval statistics are now available for individual price and project lists, similar to the B2B price lists.
  • A bug that prevented the creation of new B2B price lists has been fixed.
  • It is now possible to generate an invitation link for B2B portal users, instead of inviting them via an invitation email.
  • The CSV importer for product lists now ignores the file extension of the corresponding file. File contents will still be checked for conformity.

 

July 21st, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.28

This release allows B2B product lists to be imported as CSV. We have also improved the function of some scaled price features.

Platform

  • Headings for the invoice and delivery address on orders are now correctly translated into the respective language.
  • The scaled price dialogue, which is shown on the purchasing board when the ‘scaled price info’ button is clicked, is now also localised.

B2B Suite

  • Product lists can be imported as CSV in the portal configuration.
  • In the scaled price info on the purchasing board, the supplier name was sometimes shown instead of the alias. This bug has been fixed.
  • If a distributor does not deliver to certain regions, and has configured this accordingly, and a B2B customer from one of these regions places an order in the portal, then this order will not be processed automatically via order automation.
  • Customers are now also able to register themselves for a portal if the email address has already been used in another portal or on the platform.
July 7th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.27

This week, we optimised the behaviour of the sources of supply list, as well as fixing some bugs.

Platform

  • We have made sure that the selected country can also be changed for quotes where ‘no tax’ has been set.
  • Failed orders were stuck in ‘currently being transmitted’ status after being resent. This bug has been fixed.

B2B Suite

  • In the category management, the function of the checkbox for visibility has been changed. The checkbox is selected (ticked) if the category is visible instead of interpreting a selected checkbox as ‘hidden’.
  • Fixed prices now also take into account the gross/net price settings that have configured for the portal.
  • We have fixed several errors in the sorting process for the sources of supply. For example, products with a fixed price markup are sorted correctly and sources of supply without a price are displayed at the end of the list.
  • When changing the customer in the portal administration, the button to prepare the customer mode is now displayed correctly.
June 30th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.26

We have made some preparations regarding the upcoming VAT rate cut in Germany, while also working on the function and presentation of some elements. The actions of prepared orders have been adjusted and the behaviour of the sources of supply table has been improved. We also worked on the presentation and content of the emails.

Platform

  • Preparations for the temporary VAT rate adjustment in Germany. From 1st July, all newly added line items will be added with the new VAT rate. Items added before this date will keep the old rate, with the option to change this to the new rate.
  • For Api, Cos and Pilot, the next delivery date and delivery quantity is determined via the real-time service.
  • The appearance of the action buttons for prepared orders has been modified, ensuring a uniform design and behaviour of the shopping cart and order tiles.
  • The behaviour of the sources of supply table has been revised. Re-sorting is now only initiated if a more favourable pricing scale can be selected after the quantity has been changed.
  • If an error occurs while sending orders, this will be explicitly stated in the email.
  • The ‘order method‘ filter has been removed from the salesboard and the orders section.
  • We have made sure that Outlook tables are displayed correctly in emails.
  • The correct source is now displayed for order line items that were ordered from within a quote.
  • An option to show orders on the purchasing board or quote has been added to the action menu for the order search and order details.

B2B Suite

  • We have ensured that correctly configured B2B price lists can always be selected in the supplier selection of the customer group.
  • The price enquiry function is now also displayed correctly in the context area of the product search.
  • For order automation of portal orders, the carrier is now correctly transferred to the portal order for shipping confirmations.
June 23rd, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.25

During the last week, we worked on the portal dashboard and made sure that prices on the product page are adjusted according to the quantity, if a scaled price exists. We have also fixed some errors that occurred with fixed-price products.

Platform

  • The prices displayed on the product page change if a different quantity is entered, depending on scaled prices.
  • Actions for orders have been unified in the different views (boards, search, detail).

B2B Suite

  • Incorrect VAT information was sometimes displayed on product pages for fixed-price products. This error has been fixed.
  • Settings configured in customer groups regarding the portal dashboard are now applied correctly.
  • We have ensured that prices of fixed-price products are always displayed correctly on the portal dashboard.
  • The recommended retail price (RRP) is displayed below the wholesale selling price (WSP) in the product header.
  • During the portal registration process, portal operators can only activate email domains that can be clearly associated with a company and are not on the ITscope blacklist.
  • The loading of images in the CTO Finder is now faster and more reliable.

Suppliers & Interfaces

  • Webinstore AG is now listed on ITscope.
  • systemzwo GmbH is now listed on ITscope.
  • DCS ApS is now listed on ITscope.
  • Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden is now listed on ITscope.
  • Esphere Network GmbH is now listed on ITscope.
  • Alltron AG is now listed on ITscope.
June 18th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.24

This week we have listed new suppliers and fixed some bugs.
We are currently working on the presentation of B2B Suite statistics and on revising the address selection.

B2B Suite

  • We have made sure that personal shopping baskets behave correctly when viewed by operators in customer view.

Platform

  • We have ensured that the quantity selection is displayed correctly in the accessories view of the product page.
  • All order documents now include the shipping costs and surcharges incurred at the time of ordering.

Suppliers

  • The following suppliers are now available on ITscope: DCS ApS, Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden, Esphere Networks GmbH, Alltron AG, U-S-C GmbH, api B.V. and Ulrich Richter GmbH.
June 10th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.23

This week there has been further progress regarding the scaled prices of products. When a product is placed in the shopping cart, the scaled prices are displayed in a pop-up (if they are available). Additionally, a Polish and Dutch translation of the platform is now available.

Platform

  • If a product has scaled prices, this will be indicated in the ‘Add to cart’ pop-up.
  • Polish and Dutch versions of the platform are now available.

B2B Suite

  • If prices within a portal are displayed including VAT, then these prices will be displayed in the same way in PDFs for orders.
June 4th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.21

In order to simplify the administration of addresses, we have fundamentally revised the address selection dialogue. The new version is much clearer, easier to use and can be activated in the test lab.

Platform

  • A new version of the address selection feature is now available in the test lab. Several improvements have been made both visually and in terms of handling.
  • The sharing tiles for ERP systems can now be configured individually. It is possible to choose which tiles should be displayed during sharing.
  • We have ensured that the inbound and external warehouse stock quantities are transferred to the correct export and API fields.
  • The price list import report for distributors sometimes could not be retrieved. This bug has been fixed.
  • Scaled prices from the DEFAULT_PRICELIST or CUSTOMER_PRICELIST are displayed on the product page.
  • The readability of text on product tiles has been improved. Text is now displayed in black on a white background.

B2B Suite

  • The shipping confirmation for partial deliveries from automated B2B orders will always show the correct quantity.
May 19th, 2020|Changelog-EN|
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New test lab features on the ITscope platform

 

New features that are still in development can be used and extensively tested with the ITscope test laboratory. Recently, new features have been added and can now be activated in the test lab section of the platform – help us to make these features even better by providing feedback!

New address selection in orders

The first new test lab feature allows users to replace the old address selection dialogue with a new, extended selection dialogue that simplifies the management, selection and addition of addresses.

By activating this feature in the test lab, users are able to directly edit the address when ordering. Previously, addresses could only be adjusted globally and it was not possible to adapt an address for only one order – now the process is much easier. During the ordering process, the delivery and/or billing address can be edited or swapped by clicking on the ‘Edit‘ or ‘Choose from address list‘ button. This feature is useful if a different employee within the same company is the recipient of the order, for example.

By clicking on the ‘Edit button next the delivery or invoice address, you are able to directly edit the corresponding address. Contrary to making changes in the address book, this is not a global change and only affects the delivery or billing address of the current order. The address that was initially selected from the address book will remain unchanged – as the info field in the screenshot also illustrates. It is therefore only a one-time action and prevents accidental wrong deliveries in the future.

Furthermore, the address field is no longer limited to just one recipient, as it is now possible to also add an address suffix. This could, for example, be used to specify the employee within a company that is the recipient of the order. As an address suffix, this information will always be printed on the address label of the parcel – this was not the case with every distributor previously.

Selecting the ‘Choose from address list button (below the delivery or billing address) will open the address selection dialogue. We have also improved the search function for contacts from your own contact network, in addition to improving the contact creation function. Other addresses that have already been stored can also be selected in this dialogue and can be used for individual orders.

 

Skip order preparation

Thanks to this additional new feature, which can also be activated in the test lab, orders can be generated directly from the shopping cart and shipped immediately. This eliminates the need to move the order to the ‘Prepared orders‘ column of the purchasing board.

Up until now, the ‘Prepared orders‘ step was included in between the ‘Shopping cart‘ and ‘Placed orders‘ steps.

With the new feature, this intermediate step is hidden and the order can be ordered directly from the shopping cart.

This reduces the ordering process by one step and the overall procedure is similar to B2C portals, where it is common practice to place orders directly from the shopping cart.

We appreciate your feedback when testing the new features in the test lab!

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July 29th, 2020|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2 2020

Supply shortages have been overcome, Apple is Q2 champion

The ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020 is here – with the current top sellers from ten categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com:

  • Newcomers: Apple dominates the highflyers
  • Mobile phones: iPhone SE (2nd generation) well received
  • Tablets: Surface or iPad Pro? Both are strong!
  • Notebooks: stock levels replenished, Lenovo dominant
  • CPUs: new products from Intel and AMD ahead again

The latest edition of the ITscope Market Barometer as a PDF (English)

Detailed numbers as an MS Excel File

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

Here are the 30 most active new releases with hot seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceQ2 clicks
# 1Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation), 64GB, black, MX9R2ZD/AMX9R2ZD/A2020-04-174022
# 2Apple Magic Keyboard, MXQU2D/AMXQU2D/A2020-03-192012
# 3Apple MacBook Air, 13.3″, i3, 8GB, 256GB, MWTJ2D/AMWTJ2D/A2020-03-191857
# 4Apple iPad Pro, 12.9″, 128GB, space grey, MY2H2FD/AMY2H2FD/A2020-03-191566
# 5WD Red, 4TB, 5400 rpm, WD40EFAXWD40EFAX2020-01-151517
# 6HPE Aruba – SFP+ LC Single-Mode, J9151EJ9151E2020-01-15868
# 7Intel Core i9 10900K, 10-Core, 3.7 GHz, HT, BX8070110900KBX8070110900K2020-04-28856
# 8Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo, 24089-999-99924089-999-9992020-03-19827
# 9Synology Disk Station DS220jDS220J2020-01-31680
# 10Microsoft Surface Dock 2, 1GK-000021GK-000022020-05-07595
# 11Sophos SD-RED 20, R20ZTCHMRR20ZTCHMR2020-04-07548
# 12HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw, 7KW64A#B197KW64A#B192020-01-21527
# 13HP Enterprise ProLiant MicroServer, P16006-421P16006-4212020-02-05410
# 14Xiaomi Roborock S5 Max, XM200018XM2000182020-01-17346
# 15Be Quiet! Pure Base 500DX, Midi-Tower, BGW37BGW372020-04-17325
# 16Samsung S27E450B – SE450 Series, LS27E45KBH/ENLS27E45KBH/EN2020-04-09324
# 17VMware vSphere Essentials Kit – (v. 7), VS7-ESSL-KIT-CVS7-ESSL-KIT-C2020-03-27291
# 18Elmo L-12W, 137913792020-03-10249
# 19Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W, BN307BN3072020-01-10236
# 20HP Enterprise enablement kit, P13788-B21P13788-B212020-02-05214
# 21HP Business Top Load, 15.6″, 2SC66AA2SC66AA2020-05-13205
# 22Crucial 32GB 2x16KIT DDR4 3000MHz DIMM, BL2K16G30C15U4BBL2K16G30C15U4B2020-02-27191
# 23Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S, XM220001XM2200012020-03-13174
# 24ASUS TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS, LGA1200, micro ATX, 90MB13N0-M0EAY090MB13N0-M0EAY02020-05-27164
# 25Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2, BK006BK0062020-04-28154
# 26BARCO ClickShare CX-30, R9861513EUR9861513EU2020-02-06135
# 27Gainward Geforce RTX 2070 SUPER Phoenix V1, 8GB GDDR6, 173017302020-04-23125
# 28Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, B07PW9VBK5B07PW9VBK52020-02-26125
# 29Xiaomi MI Air Purifier 3H, XM200017XM2000172020-01-23124
# 30Samsung GU55TU8079U, GU55TU8079UXZGGU55TU8079UXZG2020-03-13123

 

 

July 20th, 2020|

Press release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as PDF (English)

Detailed figures as MS Excel data

Content:

 

Corona crisis seems to have passed peak, Apple is champion and PC systems in decline: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

Karlsruhe, 21.07.2020 – After the previous first quarter market barometer was overshadowed by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation has improved in the past weeks. In most categories, stock levels started rising again after March – sometimes even rising much higher than necessary, as advance figures for the ITscope market barometer of the second quarter of 2020 have shown.

While the first quarter of 2020 was dominated by the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the situation noticeably eased in the second quarter with no signs of any supply bottlenecks. Home office equipment is now mostly available again, while other product categories that are less suited to working from home seem to be in a difficult situation. in this case, however, the problem is warehouses being filled with too much stock.

Are PC systems in decline? Stock shortages, as observed with notebooks recently, are not a problem for this category: PC stock levels are full and prices are falling. It seems that PC systems will emerge as the category hardest hit by the the corona crisis. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that these PCs are much less flexible and not very practical in the home office, contrary to notebooks. Nevertheless, Lenovo is defending its top position with the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7.

Notebooks, on the other hand, are finally available again without supply problems. Lenovo in particular is well positioned in this category: the Chinese manufacturer is now really taking off with the ThinkPad E15. Apple is also excelling this quarter, with the tech giant still having a firm grip on the highflyer charts, led by the new second generation iPhone SE. Customers have found this smartphone to be practical, reasonably priced and with all the necessary features for business use. The predecessor model from 2016 was already extremely popular on ITscope for a long time, thanks to its combination of good value for money and compact design.

In terms of product categories, it is worth taking a closer look at tablets, notebooks and, not least because of the iPhone SE, smartphones. Apple is also a leader in the mobile category, being represented six times in the top 10. The situation is similar for tablets. Here, the Californian manufacturer is continuing success story. However, the newcomer from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, is an interesting alternative. The comparatively expensive MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is being left behind by comparable products from Lenovo and HP.

Highflyer: Apple once again takes the lead

After Apple lost a lot of clicks in the previous quarter and was pushed off the top of the highflyer charts, the Californian manufacturer is now back at the top with four products. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the industry seems to have largely recovered from the effects of the corona crisis. Only rarely are there still delivery problems for individual products.

In first place this quarter is the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to the first SE series in previous market barometers, the second generation iPhone SE has also rapidly surged to the top. The SE series is particularly popular in the business sector, as the iPhone SE can certainly keep up with Apple’s flagship products in terms of performance. Some of the ‘consumer’ features such as the camera, however, have been downgraded. As a result, the smartphone is available at a relatively low Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €400.

The Apple iPad Pro with 12.9 inches, which has been listed since March 2020, made it to 4th place. It has therefore managed to displace the previous quarter’s winner, the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft. Apple’s Pro series of tablets is also very impressive in the business sector. Accompanying the iPad, the compatible keyboard is also in the highflyer charts: Apple’s Magic Keyboard lands 2nd place. This combination brings to mind the past quarter, when Microsoft was at the top with both the Surface Pro 7 and the matching keyboard. It seems that the ‘tablet for business solutions’ from both of these tech giants are proving their worth in the channel. In between, in 3rd place, the new MacBook Air rounds off Apple’s lead in the highflyer charts.

In 5th place is the WD Red NAS Hard Drive, a newcomer to the hard drive category. This SATA hard drive with 4 Terabytes is specifically designed for NAS use and with a WSP of €94 it is quite affordable. The hard drive cache has been increased compared to the previous model of the series, with the WD Red NAS Hard Drive boasting a large 256 MB. The WD Red NAS Hard Drive uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, a newer recording technology compared to the conventional magnetic recording (CMR) used so far. With SMR, overlapping data tracks increase storage density and overall storage capacity. At the same time, however, this can also result in performance losses, as when a track is written, the other tracks must also be updated, which is a downside of the SMR technology.

7th place is occupied by the new star in Intel’s CPU universe: the Intel Core i9 10900K, which has only been listed on ITscope since the end of April 2020. The latest processor from the Californian manufacturer convinces with very good performance, even in games. However, the price is a big drawback: with a wholesale price of over €500, the i9 10900K is significantly more expensive than comparable CPUs from main competitor AMD.

Directly behind, in 8th place, the Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo can be found. The headset, listed since March 2020, certainly partly owes its success to the current trend towards home office and video conferencing, for which headsets are essential. With the new OnEar headset series Evolve2, Jabra offers a headset with noise isolation and busylight function, which is designed to facilitate concentrated work in the office – a feature that is also useful when working from home. This new series offers a longer battery life and improved performance compared to previous models. The Evolve2 40 features 40 mm drivers and three microphones. It is also corded and thus differs from the other two models in the series – but with a WSP of around €80 it is also the most affordable out of the Evolve2 family.

Summer vibes can be felt in 23rd place, which has been secured by the Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S. In the workplace as well as in the home office, the mobile pedestal fan ensures a cool head in hot temperatures and is comparatively quiet.

TFTs: HP and Dell remain on top

Not much has happened in the TFT sector in the second quarter of the year. The first two places remain the same: HP and Dell are still in the lead, followed by Samsung and LG.

Dell now holds pole position for the third consecutive quarter with the P2419H, which has been listed since 2018 – with a lead of over 2,000 clicks. With a WSP of around €130 for the 24 inch screen, the P2419H is also way ahead in terms of price/performance ratio. Dell has also secured third place with the P2719H, the same model in the 27 inch version. In between the two Dell TFTs, HP remains in second place in the ranking with the EliteDisplay E243i, which has been clicked around 3,000 times. Only then do LG and Samsung follow in 4th and 6th place.

The front places are still occupied by the usual suspects and a ‘game changer’ in the field of TFTs is still missing. All displays listed in the upper ranks date back to 2018 or before.

Mobile phones: Apple’s new iPhone SE an immediate success

This quarter will be particularly exciting for mobile phones: Apple clearly dominates the mobile category and is represented six times in the Top Ten, occupying all places from 1 to 5. 

The new iPhone 11 with 64 GB secures first place and replaces the iPhone 8 at the top. This latest and most powerful Apple smartphone model is currently listed on ITscope with a WSP of around €650 and has attracted over 4,000 clicks.

A real rising star has taken second place: the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020, has leapt from zero directly into the top positions of the ranking. The device offers an A13 chip, which is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. Memory and software are also the same. In terms of performance, the iPhone SE can keep up with the top models, but cost savings are made with the camera and screen resolution – things that are less important in the business sector. The display is also smaller and instead of the modern Face ID system, the iPhone SE only has Touch ID.

The predecessor model of the ‘budget’ iPhone SE was already very popular in the business sector: the first generation iPhone SE remained a permanent fixture in the ITscope charts thanks to its good price-performance ratio and handy format. But even at first glance, the new iPhone SE is noticeably different from the older model. This is because with a display diagonal of 4.7 inches, it is significantly larger than its 4-inch predecessor. Further differences then become apparent when considering technology: as described above, an A13 bionic processor provides immensely improved speed compared to the 2016 model. What is most convincing about the iPhone SE, however, is its price: just like the earlier model in the SE series, the new generation is significantly cheaper than comparable Apple smartphones with a WSP of around €400.

Samsung’s Galaxy A51 has at least made it to 9th place in the mobile phone category. The successor model to the popular Samsung Galaxy A50 has therefore made the Top Ten. Aside from the Apple devices, only the Xcover 4s (6th place), the Galaxy A40 (7th place) and the Galaxy S10 (10th place) from the South Korean manufacturer have made it into the Top Ten. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, which has been listed on ITscope since January 2020, jumped from 107th to 14th place this quarter. The Lite model differs only slightly from the main model in terms of price, but is nevertheless impressive in terms of performance: the S10 Lite has a high-performance chip installed and also has 8 GB RAM. The price/performance ratio is definitely right for a wholesale price of €455.

Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite makes an impressive entry

In terms of tablets, this quarter can be described as a stabilisation rather than a change: Apple and Microsoft are still in the lead, while Samsung is also keeping an eye on the top ranks. Apple, in particular, is delivering the rising stars among tablets this quarter.

Apple’s iPad 10.2 inch is again in first place. The tablet, which has been listed since September 2019, therefore replaced the previous first place winner, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, which has got a still respectable 2nd place.

The third step of the winners’ podium is occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which has improved enormously from its previous 29th place. This tablet stands out for its very reasonable price and the high-resolution LED display. With a WSP of around €200, it is by far the cheapest tablet among the Top Ten. Interestingly, the strong demand seems to have had an impact on the WSP: the WSP is now on average €20 higher for the Tab A than in the previous quarter.

An impressive 6th place was secured by a newcomer from Samsung with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to its mobile phones, Samsung has released a cheaper tablet version of the main S6 model. With a WSP of €360, it is a one of the cheaper options of the tablet category. In comparison to the main model, the device offers less performance and a weaker screen, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite convinces with a solid battery performance, expandable memory and the included S-Pen stylus.

Listed on ITscope since March 2020, the Apple iPad Pro in the 128 GB version has also made a considerable leap forward. The 12.9 inch model jumped from 173rd to 9th place, while the 11 inch version managed a leap from 190th to 8th place. The tablet, which can certainly be used in a business environment and plays in the same league as the Surface Pro 7, has the new A12Z Bionic Chip from Apple. According to the manufacturer, this chip is supposed to make the tablet more powerful than many Windows notebooks. Even demanding tasks, such as editing 4K videos and 3D models, should be possible.

Notebooks: Lenovo and HP lead the way

In the last market barometer, the notebook category was strongly impacted by bottlenecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The short-notice switch to home office ensured that notebooks became a particularly sought-after commodity. In the meantime, however, the situation has eased considerably and notebooks are available again, as our evaluation of the inventory figures from the ITscope platform shows.

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15, previously in second place, has secured the lead this quarter – with a decent margin. With over 10,000 clicks, it was called up more than twice as often as HP’s second placed notebook. With stock levels normalising again since April, the average WSP is also recovering. At the height of the corona crisis, almost €800 had to be paid, whereas the ThinkPad E15 is now available with a WSP of around €675. At this price, it is on par pricewise with HP’s competitor product in 2nd place, the ProBook 450 G6.

Apple has also made it into the Top Ten with its notebooks. For example, the relatively expensive MacBook Pro from 2019 climbed to 4th place. If the eye-watering WSP of €2,500 doesn’t deter you, the MacBook is guaranteed to not leave wanting: 1TB SSD hard drive, latest generation Intel Core i9 processor, 15.9 inch retina display and touch bar makes the competition in the upper ranks look pale in comparison.

In terms of processors, however, Intel will be replaced in the near future: at the WWDC developer conference keynote, Apple announced switching from Intel to ARM processors (German article). Within two years, all Mac models are to be switched over, but there will still be devices with Intel processors and the corresponding software.

The Californian manufacturer also has a cheaper newcomer device in store. The MacBook Air, listed since March 2020, has made 6th place. This latest generation of the Air series impresses with an Intel i3 processor and a variety of memory options. With a WSP of €950, it’s not a bargain, but it’s significantly cheaper than the devices in Apple’s Pro line.

HP’s newcomer devices secured 9th and 12th place: the HP ProBook 450 G7 (with an Intel i5) and the HP 250 G7 (with an Intel i3). Both devices have been listed on ITscope since February 2020 and, as the successor model to the second-placed G6, they immediately managed a good launch into the business world. However, if you already own an HP ProBook 450 G6, there is no reason to change for the time being: apart from a new keyboard, an improved screen and a few new features, such as face recognition and fingerprinting, not much has changed.

PC systems: losers of the Corona crisis?

Are PC systems developing into slow sellers during the corona crisis? Here, too, the evaluation of the ITscope inventory figures provides revealing insights: this product category is far removed from possible supply bottlenecks, as was recently the case with notebooks. A probable reason for this is that corona has led to a general rethinking regarding new working environments, with more flexible working hours and possibilities. Working in home office in particular has gained enormously in importance, and as a precautionary measure companies are now preferring notebooks to the significantly less flexible PC systems.

In addition, hardly any new models were launched in this category. As a result, not much has changed in the ranking, with the top places only changing among themselves. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, which leaves the competition behind without a chance, took first place once again. With over 6,000 clicks, it has over three times as many hits as HP’s second placed ProDesk 400 G6. But despite strong interest in this PC system, the influence of the corona crisis cannot be ignored: since mid-April, the price has been on a downward trend, falling from €540 to a current WSP of around €500. 

There are also clear signs of an overall decrease in price: while the average WSP of the top 10 products in the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was around €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, and for individual products by more than 20 percent.

Graphics cards: Power-saving office newcomer with three display ports

As in the previous quarter, the high-end RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card from MSI remains at the top of the graphics card league. The high wholesale price of over 1,100 Euros does not detract from its popularity.

In addition to the Taiwanese manufacturer MSI, which is particularly dominant in the category and claims the first four places for itself alone, Gigabyte has also made it into the Top Ten. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming, listed since August 2019, jumped from 37th to an impressive 5th place. Rightly so, as it performed well in a test review (German article), especially in terms of cooling. With three coolers, the GeForce RTC 2070 Super Gaming remains below 61 degrees even during the stress test (meaning a higher clock rate).  

PNY took 7th place with the Quadro P4000. At a WSP of around €740, it is a rather expensive model, but it also has a lot to offer: the GPU is characterised by a high clock rate of 1200 MHz and also a good pixel rate of over 90 px/s.

The Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, which has been listed on ITscope since December 2019, climbed to 24th place. This model particularly impresses with its low energy consumption and three DisplayPort outputs – and is therefore ideally suited for use in the office. Its price also plays a part in the success of the Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, as at a WSP of just €190, the graphics card is significantly cheaper than other top products in this category. In the gaming sector, however, the graphics card is rather unsuitable and struggles  with 60 fps (Full HD), which is why it doesn’t score well in this CHIP test (German article).

Mainboards: MSI, Asus and Gigabyte dominate the top ten

As in the previous quarter, the three Taiwanese manufacturers MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are ahead when it comes to high-performance motherboards.

The MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX with the classic AM4 base secured first place this quarter. This mainboard, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is particularly impressive due to its price. At a WSP of €120, the mainboard not only offers a lot in terms of performance, but according to the test result (German article), it also has a comparably powerful power supply, extensive bios and shines with a simple design without a lot of bells and whistles.

ASUS made a leap from 49th to 11th place with the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. The motherboard offers very good performance combined with a first-class CPU power supply. The equipment includes eight SATA 6 GBit/s interfaces and nine USB 3.1 Gen2 sockets. But a convincing overall performance (German article) also comes at a price, with a WSP of almost €270.

 

Processors: AMD Ryzen back on pole position

With the CPUs, the familiar battle for the lead has gone into the next round. This quarter, AMD is ahead of the pack and has pushed Intel from first and second place. However, a clear winner is still not apparent, as both manufacturers are not giving anything up in terms of popularity and alternate from quarter to quarter in the top position.

However, at the end of the year, there is an event that could pay off positively for AMD. At the turn of the year, both Microsoft and Sony will release their next gen games consoles, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both will come onto the market with AMD CPUs tailor-made for them. A special feature of these console chips is that they will have to supply the steadily growing performance demanded by the games industry in the coming years. The last generation change was seven years ago, and even then Sony and Microsoft were already using AMD. 

This quarter also went really well for AMD overall: at almost 2,500 clicks, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 3.6 GHz and 8 cores secured 1st place. The chip, listed since June 2019, is a real price-performance winner with a WSP of €275 and makes comparable Intel products look old, including the Intel Core i7 9700K in third place, which has a price €60 higher than the AMD for comparable performance.

But Intel has brought an ace into the game this quarter. The Intel Core i9 10900K, which has been listed since April 2020, sets new standards in terms of performance: compared to its predecessor, the 9900K, Intel is adding two more cores and impresses with a higher clock rate of 3.7-5.3 GHz and an improved memory clock rate of 2933 MHz. At around 850 clicks, the 10900K just about doesn’t make it into the Top Ten, but lands in a still respectable 13th place for the newcomer. In Intel’s CPU portfolio, however, it is the superstar – this is also reflected in the price of over €500. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in fourth place offers 12 cores, allowing it to compete with the 10900K in terms of performance, all while being €100 less expensive.

In general, Intel also lags far behind competitor AMD in terms of architecture. The Californian manufacturer has been stuck in 14nm architecture for six years now, while AMD has long since made the quantum leap to 7nm architecture. Apart from that, there is little movement in the CPU product category, with the top 50 being exclusively occupied by AMD and Intel – a difficult field for other manufacturers.

Server: HP Enterprise’s one man show

HP Enterprise continues to play the leading role in the server category – all by itself: the ProLiant series from the American manufacturer almost exclusively dominates the Top Ten. At almost 1,000 clicks, the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Base, listed since April 2019, snatches first place from its ‘series siblings’.

Fujitsu has made it relatively far up this quarter and has at least managed to compete with HP Enterprise in the Top 25: the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX1310 M3, listed since January 2020, reaches a proud 18th place with 247 clicks. The tower server is especially suitable for small and medium-sized businesses, in part due to the comparatively low wholesale price of around €750. It offers the latest processors from the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 product family, Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors and is suitable for all essential computing requirements with up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. 

 

Storage systems: newcomer from Synology off to a flying start

There hasn’t been much change in the storage solutions category either. Synology and QNAP dominate the Top Ten, with the top four rankings even featuring the exact same systems as in the previous quarter. At almost 2,000 clicks, the Synology DS218+, listed since 2017, is still at the top, followed by the Synology Disk Station DS918+ with about 1,300 clicks. In 3rd and 4th place are the TS-431P and TS-231P from the Taiwanese manufacturer QNAP.

In 5th place, it starts to get more interesting: the Synology Disk Station DS220j, which has only been listed since the beginning of the year, secures this place despite being a newcomer. The j-series is ideal for entering the server world of Synology. With the Disk Station DS220j, Synology offers a cost-effective entry model with the latest technology in its product portfolio. Although the system’s storage is expandable up to 32 TB, with 512 MB of RAM, it is more suitable for home or small business use.

 

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About ITscope GmbH

Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com. Together with its subsidiary cop software + services GmbH & Co. KG, ITscope forms a strong alliance to support system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses without a classic shop system can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers and seamlessly procure their needs via EDI for distribution.

Own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availability and much more of over three million ITC articles. ITC distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: On a uniform platform, enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.

July 20th, 2020|

Virtual instead of on site: trade fairs & events during corona

 

Large events have been prohibited during the current coronavirus pandemic, causing many organisers to switch to virtual concepts instead. These offer a variety of advantages and hardly any disadvantages. Will this push towards new event concepts change the event industry in the long term after corona?

As some of the lockdown rules are gradually being eased, one sector will not be returning to normality for the time being and is especially suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: large events, including many trade fairs, will probably remain prohibited until at least the end of August.

While many events that were supposed to take place in spring have been postponed indefinitely, the trend is now tending towards alternative, situation-appropriate solutions. These range from limiting visitor numbers and spreading out rooms to a completely digital implementation.

Pioneer for digital implementation: gamescom

A deciding factor for choosing the latter option is the restriction on international travel, in addition to the safety and hygiene measures that are in place. For example, the organisers of gamescom, one of the world’s largest events for computer and video games with several hundred thousand visitors every year, opted for a fully digital event. This decision also includes the expansion of various digital formats, such as the improved ‘gamescom now’ content hub with a variety of topics, shows and numerous talks. Notably, it is not necessary to purchase a ticket for the digital offerings of ‘gamescom now’. The organisers have done this in order to allow as many fans as possible to participate virtually in gamescom.

But these concepts, as simple and convenient as they may be for visitors, require well thought-out planning and preparation. The corona crisis has given a real boost to providers carrying out virtual events: business is booming, with significantly more conferences, trade fairs, seminars, career and team events currently being held online than in 2019.

The advantages offered by digital concepts …

While the new concepts have been brought to the fore by necessity in many companies, the advantages of virtual events are now becoming increasingly obvious. Not only organisational hurdles, often including a long journey to the event, are removed. Companies can also significantly increase the reach of events and reduce costs at the same time. In addition, a visit to a trade fair that only requires a login on the PC, for example, is much more likely to be considered than an event that involves a long and possibly cumbersome journey. There is also the added benefit of reduced environmental burdens, as the need to travel, transport and physically set up events is omitted.

… and one disadvantage of virtual events

In contrast to the many advantages that a virtual event offers, there is one big disadvantage: the ‘face-to-face’ experience including personal, individual conversation is missing. Despite the video and chat functions that many providers offer, it is still a different experience to directly stand next to each other.

But there is also a positive spin to this downside. At student career fairs, for example, initiating personal contact often represents a challenge. For some people, it is certainly more pleasant to make contact or ask questions via chat. And if the online conversations go well, personal (or at least telephone) contact is quick to follow.

In conclusion, a local presence and the long journey that is often associated with it are not always necessary. With the right equipment, many things can be done comfortably and easily from home.

Are you looking for suitable IT equipment for your virtual event? Would you like to transparently compare prices and availability of webcams, headsets and many other products? ITscope offers you the optimal platform for this. Register free of charge at: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 20th, 2020|

Full warehouses and falling prices: PC systems are becoming slow sellers

 

Karlsruhe, 07/07/2020 – Stock levels of home office equipment are stabilising again after the peak of the corona crisis, whereas other products are having to deal with some unique difficulties. Particularly PC systems, a product category that is clearly at a disadvantage in the home office when compared to light and flexible notebooks, are currently in low demand. As a result, stock levels are rising steadily – which is noticeably affecting prices.

IT hardware stock levels looked worrying back in March: notebooks were almost sold out, while headsets, monitors and webcams were in equally high demand. Products required for the basic equipping of a home office were selling fast.

In the last update in mid-May, the evaluation of stock levels on the ITscope platform showed that stock levels are increasing again and the situation is normalising. However, at this point it also became apparent that one product category in particular is having to overcome completely different hurdles.

Decreasing demand for PC systems

Stock levels were moving in the opposite direction for PC systems, a product category that is less suitable for home office. While stocks levels of other products were quickly reducing, PC system stock levels rose. As could already be foreseen in May, it is now becoming increasingly clear that prices are falling due to the rising stock levels. Not only is there hesitancy in undertaking IT infrastructure projects due to the current economic situation. It has also become clear during the corona crisis that notebooks should be part of the standard inventory in the future, in order to guarantee increased employee flexibility.

“The current situation gives us a glimpse into the future: we suspect that PC systems will increasingly disappear from the office sector and will be replaced by notebooks. During the corona crisis, many companies have realised how important flexible working is and want to support this with the appropriate equipment”, explains Oliver Gorges, sales manager at cop software + services, subsidiary of ITscope GmbH.

This circumstance is also confirmed by the preliminary figures of the ITscope market barometer for the 2nd quarter of 2020. Seemingly, PC systems are becoming slow sellers – and no signs of improvement can be seen yet.

Full warehouses ensure falling prices

A comparison of figures for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020 shows a clear decline in price. While the average Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) for the top 10 products of the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was noticeably higher at €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, while for some products it even fell by more than 20 percent.

A comparison with last year’s second quarter figures shows that the prices of individual products in the then top 10 also fell in the period from March to July – but to a much lesser extent. A seasonal phenomenon can therefore not be assumed. This is also made clear when individually looking at the current top 10 PC systems.

Top products paint a clear picture

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), which has been listed on ITscope since August 2019, is a particularly vivid example for this: while the PC system’s WSP was subject to only minor fluctuations up to April, it has steadily decreased since then. It is now hovering at around €490 – previously it was at a steady €530. The reason for this seems to be the increasing levels of stock: while a maximum of 5.500 units were previously reported by the distribution department on ITscope, the current peak value is almost 20.000 units.

Price/stock level/status history Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), October 2019 to July 2020

A very similar situation can be seen with the PC systems in 2nd and 3rd place of the ITscope market barometer. Second place is taken by the HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), which has been listed since July 2019, and has the same combination of full stocks and falling prices. Although the total of almost 5.500 units in stock is lower than for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, the stock level has almost doubled in comparison to pre-corona values. With this oversupply, a falling WSP is the logical consequence. Even though the WSP trend for this PC is not quite as consistent as for Lenovo’s first-placed system, and is subject to stronger fluctuations, the WSP in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 (before corona) was never as low as the current price of around €500.

 

Price/stock level/status history HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), October 2019 to July 2020

In addition, the HP ProDesk 400 G6 has a sales trend of zero between January and March – as the warehouses were empty. A possible explanation for this could be the supply bottlenecks that resulted due to the lockdown in China. In March, the sales trend briefly spiked as the product became available again. After that, however, sales figures rapidly fell again and stocks remain full. It appears that lower prices are now expected to counteract the falling sales.

The Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T) in 3rd place, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is also struggling with falling prices. At more than 3.000 units, stock levels are comparatively high and the WSP of about €450 is correspondingly low.

 

Price/stock level/status history Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T), October 2019 to July 2020

How will the situation develop? Will the changes be so far-reaching that a sustainable rethinking will take place, towards a flexible working world that is spatially independent? Or is this just a unique situation and the demand for PC systems will rise again as soon as the economic downturn eases? It remains to be seen how the demand for these PC systems will develop.

In the market barometer published every quarter, ITscope retrospectively analyses the three million IT products listed on ITscope.com to see how many times each product was viewed on the platform. This provide a well-founded insight into the category-specific product interest of IT resellers.
If you would also like to view the latest prices and availabilities at any time from anywhere, and be able to compare them transparently, then test ITscope – without any obligation, for 30 days, with all tools and without hidden costs: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 9th, 2020|

ERP interfaces: ITscope ideally positioned with new partners and features

 

Order import, automatic document exchange and new interface partners on board: the ITscope ERP interfaces have received several new functions in the last weeks and months. In addition to weclapp, Systemhaus.One and other systems, ITscope is now also connected to the VARIO and HIW ERP systems. 

Thanks to the multitude of ERP interfaces connected to the ITscope platform, system houses and distributors are able to reduce their manual processes even further. Product data, prices, availabilities, quotes and extensive content are automatically imported into the respective core system. Customers of ITscope, the B2B trading platform for the IT channel, can order directly from more than 370 IT suppliers via the corresponding interfaces.

A new feature for all ITscope interfaces is the ability to configure the ERP interfaces. The ‘share’ dialogue settings can be used to configure the preferred ERP system and hide all other systems, allowing for a much less cluttered overview.

For example, if weclapp is used, then this system can be selected in the configuration settings. Here you can also see in which context the interfaces are used on the ITscope platform.

The dialogue is now much tidier after configuration.

 

The following key changes were implemented for the weclapp and Systemhaus.One interfaces.

Optimise your procurement process with ITscope and weclapp

The interface to weclapp offers several new features. The most important innovation is the automatic document exchange when sending orders from weclapp. After the customer has placed an order via weclapp, the products can be ordered directly from ITscope.

Furthermore, users are able to use lists of required products from weclapp to directly create a shopping cart with these items in ITscope. These shopping carts in turn can then be optimised and ordered via ITscope.

These orders can then be imported back into weclapp as ‘orders from ITscope’. Relevant order response documents (order confirmation, shipping notification, delivery note, invoice) are automatically synchronised to weclapp in this process, regardless of whether the order was placed through a list of required products or directly through weclapp.

The search function has also been revised, allowing searches to be carried out directly in weclapp. This saves users a lot of time when searching for information on products, suppliers and prices. As before, it is still possible to directly share products with weclapp via the ITscope search.

With the latest release it is now also possible to import orders generated in the ITscope B2B Suite – the eCommerce solution for system houses from ITscope – directly and without manual intervention via B2B order import into weclapp. This release also includes the addition of a tracking ID to the order receipt document.

Digital workflow thanks to the ‘share’ function for Systemhaus.One

Systemhaus.One is currently switching to version 10 of SAP Business One. A web client is included as standard and neumeier AG, provider of Systemhaus.One, will integrate the familiar ITscope operating elements step by step.

Systemhaus.One also supports the ‘share’ function, which allows B2B orders to be individually created in SAP upon clicking the ‘share’ button. Orders placed in the B2B Suite are directly transferred to Systemhaus.One via the order import.

New: interface with VARIO

The new VARIO interface allows ITscope users to access the 3+ million items on the ITscope platform directly from within the VARIO ERP. All product information including descriptions, images and datasheets can be directly transferred to VARIO.

The interface enables the import of all information on products, product accessories, prices and suppliers into VARIO. Quotes created in ITscope can also be transferred to VARIO.

Also new: interface with HIW

Compare, create and order – with the HIW software solution, fully electronic product creation and procurement is handled in such a way that users can access numerous ITscope functions from the ERP system. This makes the manual addition of products unnecessary, while products can be imported into the HIW system with just one click. Users can import product descriptions, images and datasheets directly from ITscope. In addition, prices and stock levels are automatically transferred and updated in real-time.

Furthermore, the addition of products in ITscope is also possible individually by click or as a mass export. Users can order directly from within HIW and transfer the order documents. Product collections can also be transferred from ITscope to HIW with just one click.

Further information on ITscope interfaces can be found here: https://www.itscope.com/en/erp-interfaces/

June 29th, 2020|

Scaled prices: new feature ready to use on the platform and B2B Suite

The ability to display scaled prices has long been a feature requested by many platform users. Now the desired feature is finally available: scaled prices can be displayed when viewing sources of supply, allowing orders to be placed for the corresponding scaled price. All prices on the product page are updated depending on quantity. In the B2B Suite, scaled prices can also be used and displayed on request.

This feature was developed as some suppliers specify prices for individual products depending on the quantity purchased. Normally, the quoted prices apply to any quantity, regardless of whether 1 or 30 pieces of a particular product are ordered. With scaled prices, on the other hand, different prices apply for certain quantity ranges defined by the supplier. In this case, the price per piece would be lower if 30 items were purchased instead of just one (due to the volume discount).

Tech Data played a pioneering role during the development phase of the scaled prices and during their introduction to the ITscope platform. The broadline distributor was the first supplier to grant volume discounts to resellers on ITscope for individual prices. Real-time price enquiries are carried out considering the quantity entered, meaning the most favourable scaled prices for the respective quantity can be found. Furthermore, SECOMP, exertis Connect, Telexroll, MaKant Europe, Hütter and Herchenhahn & Zylla now also support scaled prices for standard lists.

Scaled prices on ITscope are marked with the following icon, which is used throughout the platform:

In the product header, for example, the source of supply that is the cheapest according to the price calculation is displayed. If scaled prices exist for this source of supply, this is indicated by the scaled price symbol.

 

In the sources of supply section, available scaled prices are also indicated by the corresponding symbol. The applicable quantity ranges and prices can be viewed by hovering over the price.

 

Here, users can also enter the desired quantity directly to see at a glance whether the scaled price provider is cheaper for the required quantity. With a quantity of 1 piece, Telexroll would be more expensive than everIT…

…for a quantity of 30 products, however, Telexroll offers the lower unit price and therefore automatically slides up one position above everIT in the sorting process.

In addition, the order dialogue shows if another distributor’s price scale offers the product at a lower price than the currently selected source of supply. In the example below, Tech Data offers a lower unit price than EET Europarts for quantities above 20 units.

The symbol indicating scaled prices is also shown on the purchasing board. Since the decision on the order quantity is usually made at this point, displaying the scaled prices here is important as they have an impact on the final price of the order (depending on quantity). Resellers are only able to take advantage of this volume discount if the correct scaled prices are transmitted through the order interface. The zoomed view of the shopping cart also contains information on scaled prices for the selected source of supply.

Operators of the ITscope B2B Suite are able to pass on scaled prices from suppliers in the portal. These prices are then marked with the same symbol as on the platform.

 

As the scaled price feature can now be tested extensively, we are looking forward to your first-hand feedback! Do you have any comments, wishes or suggestions for improvement? Please let us know by sending an email to: support@itscope.com

June 29th, 2020|

New distributors listed

More and more IT distributors from Germany and abroad are discovering ITscope as a sales channel. A listing on ITscope can become a real revenue driver, especially when entering new markets. With over 7,400 active IT industry users, the ITscope network helps to achieve optimal visibility – without the need to acquire customers yourself.

For system houses and IT resellers, increasing distributor numbers mean more variety, more transparency and more freedom of choice.

The supplier base in ITscope has grown by a further 13 companies since March 2020. As a result, our trading network now comprises almost 400 distributors. Here you can see an overview of the new listings and their depth of integration into ITscope:

CountryCompanyOrder connectionDelivery to end customers
Lost d.o.o.
Replace O.Ü.
JDK Smart Home Supplies B.V.
Comstex GmbH & Co. KG
WEYEL distribution GmbH
Ulrich Richter GmbH
api B.V.
U-S-C GmbH
Alltron AGEDI
Esphere Networks GmbH
Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden
DCS ApS
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June 29th, 2020|

COMM-TEC Exertis: the value added distributor for professional AV/IT media technology

 

COMM-TEC Exertis has been a distributor for AV/IT media technology in Europe for more than 30 years and has been part of DCC Technology Trading/Exertis since 2019. The company, headquartered in Uhingen near Stuttgart, distributes products from more than 60 well-known manufacturers. COMM-TEC Exertis offers optimal solutions for all requirements with the business units ‘Digital Signage & Media Solutions’, ‘Collaboration & UCC’, ‘Signal Management’, ‘Pro Audio & Control’, ‘Display Solutions’ and ‘Racks & Mounts’.

Product range expansion: in recent months, COMM-TEC Exertis has successively expanded the product range listed on ITscope. The company now lists over 4,150 products from the categories of video conferencing technology, presentation systems, streaming solutions, displays, cameras, AV-over-IP and, in the near future, suitable cable solutions for every need. Additionally, customers that already have FTP access to COMM-TEC Exertis will soon be able to view the complete range of more than 60,000 products via ITscope.

Trigger for the expansion: demand from the IT market for products from the UCC/collaboration and display solutions categories is constantly increasing. COMM-TEC Exertis is responding to this growing demand by expanding the product range listed on ITscope, providing access to a broad product portfolio in the field of professional AV technology.

Added value for customers: COMM-TEC is reacting to rising demand for professional AV products through the cooperation with ITscope. COMM-TEC offers a comprehensive product portfolio from one source, accompanies and supports partners actively from the planning phase to project realisation and also afterwards. Customers also benefit from many years of know-how and short delivery times.

 

Learn more about COMM-TEC Exertis

 

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June 29th, 2020|

Tax confusion for managed service providers: challenges posed by the temporary VAT reduction and the potential solutions that exist

 

The temporary reduction in the German VAT rate, effective from July 2020, is not necessarily welcomed by everyone. Aim of the measure is to provide financial relief and to boost the economy after the sales slump caused by corona. However, for B2B companies in particular, this may be more of an additional burden than relief. A possible solution exists though.

As part of the economic stimulus and crisis management package revealed in June, the German government announced a temporary VAT rate cut from 19% to 16% (with the reduced rate being cut from 7% to 5%), effective from 1st July 2020 to 31st December 2020. The aim of this temporary tax cut is to financially relieve consumers and to revive the economy after the sales losses during the corona lockdown. While this may sound like a welcome measure at first sight, it also creates a need for clarification of details. Enthusiasm is limited in the B2B sector as VAT is passed on to the end consumer, meaning this VAT cut is more of an additional administrative burden than advantage for B2B companies. Accounting departments of IT sector managed service providers offering prepaid subscriptions are faced with a mountain of bureaucratic work, if the measures currently planned are not mitigated before they take effect. The short-term changeover effort results in additional costs which, despite the reduction, will probably not be offset in six months’ time.

Revision of invoices from 2019?

Although the measure only applies to the second half of 2020, it does not only affect invoices issued during this period. Contrary to the initial impression, it is not enough to ‘simply’ reduce the VAT rate down to 16% on the 1st July and then back to 19% in January. Add to this some adjustments to the accounts managed by the tax advisor and the matter is settled? Unfortunately it is not this easy for providers of fixed-term contracts, as periods before and after the tax cut are also affected. In the B2B sector, as things stand at present, the tax reduction also applies to invoices issued in the past, which would now have to be corrected retrospectively. Due to the fact that, like ITscope, many IT B2B companies offer software or database solutions as subscriptions or fixed-term contracts, which are paid by the majority of customers annually in advance, the affected period of 1st July to 31st December has already been paid. One reason for offering these contracts is that discount models are common in the B2B and especially in the SaaS environment, meaning the price is reduced for longer contract terms and billing periods.

If there is no simplification of the regulation, all annual invoices issued since August 2019 would be rendered incorrect retroactively due to the tax reduction, as the period when the service is provided is the deciding factor for VAT. For example, this may result in eleven months at 19% and one month that has to be invoiced at 16%. As a result, countless retroactive adjustments would have to be made. The process of invoicing for annual invoices will also become much more complicated from July onwards: varying line items with different products have to be specified so that the correct accounts are selected for the accounting department. These line items must then registered with 16% or 19% depending on the time period, so that the interim VAT return can be created correctly. No special rules have been foreseen for this circumstance either – and time is pressing: interim VAT returns must be declared by the 10th of the following month, unless an application for an extension of the deadline has been submitted.

Additionally, a potential extension of the VAT rate cut beyond December 2020 would further complicate matters.

Bureaucratic chaos ensues

If no simplification of the regulation is passed by the government, B2B companies would theoretically have to retrospectively correct all annual invoices issued in the last few months, thus causing considerable effort for themselves, their customers and the tax authorities.
According to §14c sentence 1 of the UStG (German VAT Act), companies are obliged to pay excessively invoiced VAT in full to the authorities. B2B customers, however, theoretically do not have the right to deduct the excessive VAT as input tax and would therefore have to insist on a modified invoice, even if this invoice was already fully processed in 2019 including input tax.

Proposed solution…

One way to ease the complex situation would be to clarify, with reference to §14c, that legal certainty also exists for recipients of overcharged invoices with regard to the advance VAT return – at least for invoices that have already been paid. In this case, B2B firms could inform their customers accordingly that the rate remains at 19% and that a corrective invoice will only be issued if necessary upon request – for example for invoices that have not yet been paid.

The German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom) is calling for the clarification of details for the tax reduction. Pragmatic solutions must be found to remove legal hurdles in the short term. In the case of providers of managed services, however, the demands mentioned by Bitkom still fall short. Here, VAT is only a pass-through tax, but the time period when a service is provided must still be considered to determine the VAT rate, in order to comply with the current regulations. An appropriate simplification could involve charging advance B2B subscription payments at the tax rate applicable at the time of invoicing. In other words: all invoices up to 30th June would use the 19% rate, all invoices between 1st July and 31st December would use the 16% rate. This would have to apply regardless of whether the time period when the service is provided only partially overlaps with the tax reduction period.

… or directly to drastic simplification

The rule simplifications that would apply to inner-European cross-border trade, on the other hand, would also be much more accommodating for German companies: European suppliers with customers in Germany are not affected by the tax cut. A considerable simplification has long been in force with the reverse charge procedure for inner-European trade, meaning companies in Europe are exempt from the obligation to charge VAT when trading across borders.

With the current regulations, however, the VAT carousel continues to spin. The European input tax deduction system, with different rates set for each country, has frequently been criticised for being open to exploitation by organised criminals, causing tax losses of several billions. In addition to reducing bureaucracy, a general reverse charge procedure would also close existing loopholes and counteract abuse of the system.

June 25th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.31

We have fine-tuned the address selection process to make it easier to manage and select addresses. Additionally, quotes can now be shown with gross prices and, in the case of term-based contracts, it is possible to adjust the tax rate based on the contract end date.

Setting up product files in the B2B Suite has now been made more flexible. A price can be declared as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’ and it can be defined whether the file only provides the price or if it is used as an additional source of supply.

Furthermore, we have fixed some bugs that occurred on the product page, sources of supply list and portal configuration.

Platform

  • For quotes with German tax rates, it is possible to select the regular 19% rate in addition to the reduced tax rates that are currently valid. This feature has been added because for term-based contracts, the tax rate that applies at the end of the contract can be used in the invoice.
  • The presentation of the address selection has been improved. Addresses can now also be edited on a one-off basis without changing the address book entry.
  • It is possible to choose whether gross prices are displayed to the recipient of a quote.
  • When sending orders via API to the test distributor ‘ITscope Partner Test’, the option to generate order response documents automatically is now available again.
  • For BMEcat exports, an average time (in working days) can be selected to indicate how long the supplier will take to deliver the items.
  • If scaled prices are available for a product, then the price displayed on the purchasing board in the ‘Prepared Orders’ column will match the price corresponding to the selected quantity.
  • When switching to another product in the product search, the selected quantity in the detail section will then be set back to ‘1’.
  • In the product header, it is now possible to request project prices for products from the manufacturer D-Link.
  • Some of the Dutch translations have been improved to ensure better wording.

B2B Suite

  • In the portal configuration, you can now define for each product file whether the price should be interpreted as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’. It is also possible to decide whether the product file simply represents the price or whether it is an additional source of supply for the product.
  • The portal registration of new companies now works even if no customers have been created in the portal so far.
  • In portals with user-specific addresses, there were some issues with the order approval process. These problems have now been fixed.
  • When portal operators edited the standard billing and delivery addresses of their customers, error messages were repeatedly displayed. This issue has been corrected.
  • The status of the domain setup is displayed correctly again.
  • In the case of products with fixed prices, sometimes errors occurred in the sources of supply list when displaying these prices. This bug has been fixed.
  • For sources of supply, the presentation of the VAT rate specified in B2B product files has been corrected.
July 30th, 2020|

New test lab features on the ITscope platform

 

New features that are still in development can be used and extensively tested with the ITscope test laboratory. Recently, new features have been added and can now be activated in the test lab section of the platform – help us to make these features even better by providing feedback!

New address selection in orders

The first new test lab feature allows users to replace the old address selection dialogue with a new, extended selection dialogue that simplifies the management, selection and addition of addresses.

By activating this feature in the test lab, users are able to directly edit the address when ordering. Previously, addresses could only be adjusted globally and it was not possible to adapt an address for only one order – now the process is much easier. During the ordering process, the delivery and/or billing address can be edited or swapped by clicking on the ‘Edit‘ or ‘Choose from address list‘ button. This feature is useful if a different employee within the same company is the recipient of the order, for example.

By clicking on the ‘Edit button next the delivery or invoice address, you are able to directly edit the corresponding address. Contrary to making changes in the address book, this is not a global change and only affects the delivery or billing address of the current order. The address that was initially selected from the address book will remain unchanged – as the info field in the screenshot also illustrates. It is therefore only a one-time action and prevents accidental wrong deliveries in the future.

Furthermore, the address field is no longer limited to just one recipient, as it is now possible to also add an address suffix. This could, for example, be used to specify the employee within a company that is the recipient of the order. As an address suffix, this information will always be printed on the address label of the parcel – this was not the case with every distributor previously.

Selecting the ‘Choose from address list button (below the delivery or billing address) will open the address selection dialogue. We have also improved the search function for contacts from your own contact network, in addition to improving the contact creation function. Other addresses that have already been stored can also be selected in this dialogue and can be used for individual orders.

 

Skip order preparation

Thanks to this additional new feature, which can also be activated in the test lab, orders can be generated directly from the shopping cart and shipped immediately. This eliminates the need to move the order to the ‘Prepared orders‘ column of the purchasing board.

Up until now, the ‘Prepared orders‘ step was included in between the ‘Shopping cart‘ and ‘Placed orders‘ steps.

With the new feature, this intermediate step is hidden and the order can be ordered directly from the shopping cart.

This reduces the ordering process by one step and the overall procedure is similar to B2C portals, where it is common practice to place orders directly from the shopping cart.

We appreciate your feedback when testing the new features in the test lab!

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July 29th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.30

In order to facilitate working with B2B price lists, we have expanded the number of retrieval statistics available. Additionally, we fixed a bug that prevented the creation of these lists. We also improved the behaviour of the minimum price optimisation and the sorting of sources of supply.

Platform

  • When adding an item to a shopping cart, the cart that is currently active is indicated in the selection menu.
  • The sorting of sources of supply with a purchase price of €0 and a calculated price not equal to €0 has been corrected.

B2B Suite

  • Retrieval statistics for B2B price lists also show the number of imported retail prices (RP) and minimum prices.
  • For the minimum price optimisation, discrepancies sometimes occurred when a margin was stored in the price calculation of the supplier. This bug has been fixed.
  • Retrieval statistics are now available for individual price and project lists, similar to the B2B price lists.
  • A bug that prevented the creation of new B2B price lists has been fixed.
  • It is now possible to generate an invitation link for B2B portal users, instead of inviting them via an invitation email.
  • The CSV importer for product lists now ignores the file extension of the corresponding file. File contents will still be checked for conformity.

 

July 21st, 2020|

ITscope Market Barometer Q2 2020

Supply shortages have been overcome, Apple is Q2 champion

The ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020 is here – with the current top sellers from ten categories and the best newcomers on ITscope.com:

  • Newcomers: Apple dominates the highflyers
  • Mobile phones: iPhone SE (2nd generation) well received
  • Tablets: Surface or iPad Pro? Both are strong!
  • Notebooks: stock levels replenished, Lenovo dominant
  • CPUs: new products from Intel and AMD ahead again

The latest edition of the ITscope Market Barometer as a PDF (English)

Detailed numbers as an MS Excel File

Furthermore, read our detailed report with all background information about the highflyers of the quarter, as well as the top products from 10 product categories.

 

Here are the 30 most active new releases with hot seller potential:

Pos.Manufacturer and product nameManufacturer no.Listed sinceQ2 clicks
# 1Apple iPhone SE (2nd generation), 64GB, black, MX9R2ZD/AMX9R2ZD/A2020-04-174022
# 2Apple Magic Keyboard, MXQU2D/AMXQU2D/A2020-03-192012
# 3Apple MacBook Air, 13.3″, i3, 8GB, 256GB, MWTJ2D/AMWTJ2D/A2020-03-191857
# 4Apple iPad Pro, 12.9″, 128GB, space grey, MY2H2FD/AMY2H2FD/A2020-03-191566
# 5WD Red, 4TB, 5400 rpm, WD40EFAXWD40EFAX2020-01-151517
# 6HPE Aruba – SFP+ LC Single-Mode, J9151EJ9151E2020-01-15868
# 7Intel Core i9 10900K, 10-Core, 3.7 GHz, HT, BX8070110900KBX8070110900K2020-04-28856
# 8Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo, 24089-999-99924089-999-9992020-03-19827
# 9Synology Disk Station DS220jDS220J2020-01-31680
# 10Microsoft Surface Dock 2, 1GK-000021GK-000022020-05-07595
# 11Sophos SD-RED 20, R20ZTCHMRR20ZTCHMR2020-04-07548
# 12HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw, 7KW64A#B197KW64A#B192020-01-21527
# 13HP Enterprise ProLiant MicroServer, P16006-421P16006-4212020-02-05410
# 14Xiaomi Roborock S5 Max, XM200018XM2000182020-01-17346
# 15Be Quiet! Pure Base 500DX, Midi-Tower, BGW37BGW372020-04-17325
# 16Samsung S27E450B – SE450 Series, LS27E45KBH/ENLS27E45KBH/EN2020-04-09324
# 17VMware vSphere Essentials Kit – (v. 7), VS7-ESSL-KIT-CVS7-ESSL-KIT-C2020-03-27291
# 18Elmo L-12W, 137913792020-03-10249
# 19Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 Platinum 750W, BN307BN3072020-01-10236
# 20HP Enterprise enablement kit, P13788-B21P13788-B212020-02-05214
# 21HP Business Top Load, 15.6″, 2SC66AA2SC66AA2020-05-13205
# 22Crucial 32GB 2x16KIT DDR4 3000MHz DIMM, BL2K16G30C15U4BBL2K16G30C15U4B2020-02-27191
# 23Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S, XM220001XM2200012020-03-13174
# 24ASUS TUF GAMING B460M-PLUS, LGA1200, micro ATX, 90MB13N0-M0EAY090MB13N0-M0EAY02020-05-27164
# 25Be Quiet! Pure Rock 2, BK006BK0062020-04-28154
# 26BARCO ClickShare CX-30, R9861513EUR9861513EU2020-02-06135
# 27Gainward Geforce RTX 2070 SUPER Phoenix V1, 8GB GDDR6, 173017302020-04-23125
# 28Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, B07PW9VBK5B07PW9VBK52020-02-26125
# 29Xiaomi MI Air Purifier 3H, XM200017XM2000172020-01-23124
# 30Samsung GU55TU8079U, GU55TU8079UXZGGU55TU8079UXZG2020-03-13123

 

 

July 20th, 2020|

Press release: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

 

The latest edition of the ITscope market barometer as PDF (English)

Detailed figures as MS Excel data

Content:

 

Corona crisis seems to have passed peak, Apple is champion and PC systems in decline: ITscope Market Barometer Q2/2020

Karlsruhe, 21.07.2020 – After the previous first quarter market barometer was overshadowed by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the situation has improved in the past weeks. In most categories, stock levels started rising again after March – sometimes even rising much higher than necessary, as advance figures for the ITscope market barometer of the second quarter of 2020 have shown.

While the first quarter of 2020 was dominated by the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the situation noticeably eased in the second quarter with no signs of any supply bottlenecks. Home office equipment is now mostly available again, while other product categories that are less suited to working from home seem to be in a difficult situation. in this case, however, the problem is warehouses being filled with too much stock.

Are PC systems in decline? Stock shortages, as observed with notebooks recently, are not a problem for this category: PC stock levels are full and prices are falling. It seems that PC systems will emerge as the category hardest hit by the the corona crisis. This doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that these PCs are much less flexible and not very practical in the home office, contrary to notebooks. Nevertheless, Lenovo is defending its top position with the ThinkCentre M720q 10T7.

Notebooks, on the other hand, are finally available again without supply problems. Lenovo in particular is well positioned in this category: the Chinese manufacturer is now really taking off with the ThinkPad E15. Apple is also excelling this quarter, with the tech giant still having a firm grip on the highflyer charts, led by the new second generation iPhone SE. Customers have found this smartphone to be practical, reasonably priced and with all the necessary features for business use. The predecessor model from 2016 was already extremely popular on ITscope for a long time, thanks to its combination of good value for money and compact design.

In terms of product categories, it is worth taking a closer look at tablets, notebooks and, not least because of the iPhone SE, smartphones. Apple is also a leader in the mobile category, being represented six times in the top 10. The situation is similar for tablets. Here, the Californian manufacturer is continuing success story. However, the newcomer from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, is an interesting alternative. The comparatively expensive MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is being left behind by comparable products from Lenovo and HP.

Highflyer: Apple once again takes the lead

After Apple lost a lot of clicks in the previous quarter and was pushed off the top of the highflyer charts, the Californian manufacturer is now back at the top with four products. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the industry seems to have largely recovered from the effects of the corona crisis. Only rarely are there still delivery problems for individual products.

In first place this quarter is the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to the first SE series in previous market barometers, the second generation iPhone SE has also rapidly surged to the top. The SE series is particularly popular in the business sector, as the iPhone SE can certainly keep up with Apple’s flagship products in terms of performance. Some of the ‘consumer’ features such as the camera, however, have been downgraded. As a result, the smartphone is available at a relatively low Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) of around €400.

The Apple iPad Pro with 12.9 inches, which has been listed since March 2020, made it to 4th place. It has therefore managed to displace the previous quarter’s winner, the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft. Apple’s Pro series of tablets is also very impressive in the business sector. Accompanying the iPad, the compatible keyboard is also in the highflyer charts: Apple’s Magic Keyboard lands 2nd place. This combination brings to mind the past quarter, when Microsoft was at the top with both the Surface Pro 7 and the matching keyboard. It seems that the ‘tablet for business solutions’ from both of these tech giants are proving their worth in the channel. In between, in 3rd place, the new MacBook Air rounds off Apple’s lead in the highflyer charts.

In 5th place is the WD Red NAS Hard Drive, a newcomer to the hard drive category. This SATA hard drive with 4 Terabytes is specifically designed for NAS use and with a WSP of €94 it is quite affordable. The hard drive cache has been increased compared to the previous model of the series, with the WD Red NAS Hard Drive boasting a large 256 MB. The WD Red NAS Hard Drive uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, a newer recording technology compared to the conventional magnetic recording (CMR) used so far. With SMR, overlapping data tracks increase storage density and overall storage capacity. At the same time, however, this can also result in performance losses, as when a track is written, the other tracks must also be updated, which is a downside of the SMR technology.

7th place is occupied by the new star in Intel’s CPU universe: the Intel Core i9 10900K, which has only been listed on ITscope since the end of April 2020. The latest processor from the Californian manufacturer convinces with very good performance, even in games. However, the price is a big drawback: with a wholesale price of over €500, the i9 10900K is significantly more expensive than comparable CPUs from main competitor AMD.

Directly behind, in 8th place, the Jabra Evolve2 40 MS Stereo can be found. The headset, listed since March 2020, certainly partly owes its success to the current trend towards home office and video conferencing, for which headsets are essential. With the new OnEar headset series Evolve2, Jabra offers a headset with noise isolation and busylight function, which is designed to facilitate concentrated work in the office – a feature that is also useful when working from home. This new series offers a longer battery life and improved performance compared to previous models. The Evolve2 40 features 40 mm drivers and three microphones. It is also corded and thus differs from the other two models in the series – but with a WSP of around €80 it is also the most affordable out of the Evolve2 family.

Summer vibes can be felt in 23rd place, which has been secured by the Xiaomi Mi Smart Pedestal Fan 2S. In the workplace as well as in the home office, the mobile pedestal fan ensures a cool head in hot temperatures and is comparatively quiet.

TFTs: HP and Dell remain on top

Not much has happened in the TFT sector in the second quarter of the year. The first two places remain the same: HP and Dell are still in the lead, followed by Samsung and LG.

Dell now holds pole position for the third consecutive quarter with the P2419H, which has been listed since 2018 – with a lead of over 2,000 clicks. With a WSP of around €130 for the 24 inch screen, the P2419H is also way ahead in terms of price/performance ratio. Dell has also secured third place with the P2719H, the same model in the 27 inch version. In between the two Dell TFTs, HP remains in second place in the ranking with the EliteDisplay E243i, which has been clicked around 3,000 times. Only then do LG and Samsung follow in 4th and 6th place.

The front places are still occupied by the usual suspects and a ‘game changer’ in the field of TFTs is still missing. All displays listed in the upper ranks date back to 2018 or before.

Mobile phones: Apple’s new iPhone SE an immediate success

This quarter will be particularly exciting for mobile phones: Apple clearly dominates the mobile category and is represented six times in the Top Ten, occupying all places from 1 to 5. 

The new iPhone 11 with 64 GB secures first place and replaces the iPhone 8 at the top. This latest and most powerful Apple smartphone model is currently listed on ITscope with a WSP of around €650 and has attracted over 4,000 clicks.

A real rising star has taken second place: the second generation iPhone SE, which has been listed since April 2020, has leapt from zero directly into the top positions of the ranking. The device offers an A13 chip, which is the same as the iPhone 11 Pro. Memory and software are also the same. In terms of performance, the iPhone SE can keep up with the top models, but cost savings are made with the camera and screen resolution – things that are less important in the business sector. The display is also smaller and instead of the modern Face ID system, the iPhone SE only has Touch ID.

The predecessor model of the ‘budget’ iPhone SE was already very popular in the business sector: the first generation iPhone SE remained a permanent fixture in the ITscope charts thanks to its good price-performance ratio and handy format. But even at first glance, the new iPhone SE is noticeably different from the older model. This is because with a display diagonal of 4.7 inches, it is significantly larger than its 4-inch predecessor. Further differences then become apparent when considering technology: as described above, an A13 bionic processor provides immensely improved speed compared to the 2016 model. What is most convincing about the iPhone SE, however, is its price: just like the earlier model in the SE series, the new generation is significantly cheaper than comparable Apple smartphones with a WSP of around €400.

Samsung’s Galaxy A51 has at least made it to 9th place in the mobile phone category. The successor model to the popular Samsung Galaxy A50 has therefore made the Top Ten. Aside from the Apple devices, only the Xcover 4s (6th place), the Galaxy A40 (7th place) and the Galaxy S10 (10th place) from the South Korean manufacturer have made it into the Top Ten. 

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, which has been listed on ITscope since January 2020, jumped from 107th to 14th place this quarter. The Lite model differs only slightly from the main model in terms of price, but is nevertheless impressive in terms of performance: the S10 Lite has a high-performance chip installed and also has 8 GB RAM. The price/performance ratio is definitely right for a wholesale price of €455.

Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite makes an impressive entry

In terms of tablets, this quarter can be described as a stabilisation rather than a change: Apple and Microsoft are still in the lead, while Samsung is also keeping an eye on the top ranks. Apple, in particular, is delivering the rising stars among tablets this quarter.

Apple’s iPad 10.2 inch is again in first place. The tablet, which has been listed since September 2019, therefore replaced the previous first place winner, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, which has got a still respectable 2nd place.

The third step of the winners’ podium is occupied by the Samsung Galaxy Tab A, which has improved enormously from its previous 29th place. This tablet stands out for its very reasonable price and the high-resolution LED display. With a WSP of around €200, it is by far the cheapest tablet among the Top Ten. Interestingly, the strong demand seems to have had an impact on the WSP: the WSP is now on average €20 higher for the Tab A than in the previous quarter.

An impressive 6th place was secured by a newcomer from Samsung with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, which has been listed since April 2020. Similar to its mobile phones, Samsung has released a cheaper tablet version of the main S6 model. With a WSP of €360, it is a one of the cheaper options of the tablet category. In comparison to the main model, the device offers less performance and a weaker screen, but the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite convinces with a solid battery performance, expandable memory and the included S-Pen stylus.

Listed on ITscope since March 2020, the Apple iPad Pro in the 128 GB version has also made a considerable leap forward. The 12.9 inch model jumped from 173rd to 9th place, while the 11 inch version managed a leap from 190th to 8th place. The tablet, which can certainly be used in a business environment and plays in the same league as the Surface Pro 7, has the new A12Z Bionic Chip from Apple. According to the manufacturer, this chip is supposed to make the tablet more powerful than many Windows notebooks. Even demanding tasks, such as editing 4K videos and 3D models, should be possible.

Notebooks: Lenovo and HP lead the way

In the last market barometer, the notebook category was strongly impacted by bottlenecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The short-notice switch to home office ensured that notebooks became a particularly sought-after commodity. In the meantime, however, the situation has eased considerably and notebooks are available again, as our evaluation of the inventory figures from the ITscope platform shows.

The Lenovo ThinkPad E15, previously in second place, has secured the lead this quarter – with a decent margin. With over 10,000 clicks, it was called up more than twice as often as HP’s second placed notebook. With stock levels normalising again since April, the average WSP is also recovering. At the height of the corona crisis, almost €800 had to be paid, whereas the ThinkPad E15 is now available with a WSP of around €675. At this price, it is on par pricewise with HP’s competitor product in 2nd place, the ProBook 450 G6.

Apple has also made it into the Top Ten with its notebooks. For example, the relatively expensive MacBook Pro from 2019 climbed to 4th place. If the eye-watering WSP of €2,500 doesn’t deter you, the MacBook is guaranteed to not leave wanting: 1TB SSD hard drive, latest generation Intel Core i9 processor, 15.9 inch retina display and touch bar makes the competition in the upper ranks look pale in comparison.

In terms of processors, however, Intel will be replaced in the near future: at the WWDC developer conference keynote, Apple announced switching from Intel to ARM processors (German article). Within two years, all Mac models are to be switched over, but there will still be devices with Intel processors and the corresponding software.

The Californian manufacturer also has a cheaper newcomer device in store. The MacBook Air, listed since March 2020, has made 6th place. This latest generation of the Air series impresses with an Intel i3 processor and a variety of memory options. With a WSP of €950, it’s not a bargain, but it’s significantly cheaper than the devices in Apple’s Pro line.

HP’s newcomer devices secured 9th and 12th place: the HP ProBook 450 G7 (with an Intel i5) and the HP 250 G7 (with an Intel i3). Both devices have been listed on ITscope since February 2020 and, as the successor model to the second-placed G6, they immediately managed a good launch into the business world. However, if you already own an HP ProBook 450 G6, there is no reason to change for the time being: apart from a new keyboard, an improved screen and a few new features, such as face recognition and fingerprinting, not much has changed.

PC systems: losers of the Corona crisis?

Are PC systems developing into slow sellers during the corona crisis? Here, too, the evaluation of the ITscope inventory figures provides revealing insights: this product category is far removed from possible supply bottlenecks, as was recently the case with notebooks. A probable reason for this is that corona has led to a general rethinking regarding new working environments, with more flexible working hours and possibilities. Working in home office in particular has gained enormously in importance, and as a precautionary measure companies are now preferring notebooks to the significantly less flexible PC systems.

In addition, hardly any new models were launched in this category. As a result, not much has changed in the ranking, with the top places only changing among themselves. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, which leaves the competition behind without a chance, took first place once again. With over 6,000 clicks, it has over three times as many hits as HP’s second placed ProDesk 400 G6. But despite strong interest in this PC system, the influence of the corona crisis cannot be ignored: since mid-April, the price has been on a downward trend, falling from €540 to a current WSP of around €500. 

There are also clear signs of an overall decrease in price: while the average WSP of the top 10 products in the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was around €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, and for individual products by more than 20 percent.

Graphics cards: Power-saving office newcomer with three display ports

As in the previous quarter, the high-end RTX 2080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card from MSI remains at the top of the graphics card league. The high wholesale price of over 1,100 Euros does not detract from its popularity.

In addition to the Taiwanese manufacturer MSI, which is particularly dominant in the category and claims the first four places for itself alone, Gigabyte has also made it into the Top Ten. The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming, listed since August 2019, jumped from 37th to an impressive 5th place. Rightly so, as it performed well in a test review (German article), especially in terms of cooling. With three coolers, the GeForce RTC 2070 Super Gaming remains below 61 degrees even during the stress test (meaning a higher clock rate).  

PNY took 7th place with the Quadro P4000. At a WSP of around €740, it is a rather expensive model, but it also has a lot to offer: the GPU is characterised by a high clock rate of 1200 MHz and also a good pixel rate of over 90 px/s.

The Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, which has been listed on ITscope since December 2019, climbed to 24th place. This model particularly impresses with its low energy consumption and three DisplayPort outputs – and is therefore ideally suited for use in the office. Its price also plays a part in the success of the Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Pulse, as at a WSP of just €190, the graphics card is significantly cheaper than other top products in this category. In the gaming sector, however, the graphics card is rather unsuitable and struggles  with 60 fps (Full HD), which is why it doesn’t score well in this CHIP test (German article).

Mainboards: MSI, Asus and Gigabyte dominate the top ten

As in the previous quarter, the three Taiwanese manufacturers MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte are ahead when it comes to high-performance motherboards.

The MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX with the classic AM4 base secured first place this quarter. This mainboard, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is particularly impressive due to its price. At a WSP of €120, the mainboard not only offers a lot in terms of performance, but according to the test result (German article), it also has a comparably powerful power supply, extensive bios and shines with a simple design without a lot of bells and whistles.

ASUS made a leap from 49th to 11th place with the ROG Strix X570-E Gaming. The motherboard offers very good performance combined with a first-class CPU power supply. The equipment includes eight SATA 6 GBit/s interfaces and nine USB 3.1 Gen2 sockets. But a convincing overall performance (German article) also comes at a price, with a WSP of almost €270.

 

Processors: AMD Ryzen back on pole position

With the CPUs, the familiar battle for the lead has gone into the next round. This quarter, AMD is ahead of the pack and has pushed Intel from first and second place. However, a clear winner is still not apparent, as both manufacturers are not giving anything up in terms of popularity and alternate from quarter to quarter in the top position.

However, at the end of the year, there is an event that could pay off positively for AMD. At the turn of the year, both Microsoft and Sony will release their next gen games consoles, the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both will come onto the market with AMD CPUs tailor-made for them. A special feature of these console chips is that they will have to supply the steadily growing performance demanded by the games industry in the coming years. The last generation change was seven years ago, and even then Sony and Microsoft were already using AMD. 

This quarter also went really well for AMD overall: at almost 2,500 clicks, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X with 3.6 GHz and 8 cores secured 1st place. The chip, listed since June 2019, is a real price-performance winner with a WSP of €275 and makes comparable Intel products look old, including the Intel Core i7 9700K in third place, which has a price €60 higher than the AMD for comparable performance.

But Intel has brought an ace into the game this quarter. The Intel Core i9 10900K, which has been listed since April 2020, sets new standards in terms of performance: compared to its predecessor, the 9900K, Intel is adding two more cores and impresses with a higher clock rate of 3.7-5.3 GHz and an improved memory clock rate of 2933 MHz. At around 850 clicks, the 10900K just about doesn’t make it into the Top Ten, but lands in a still respectable 13th place for the newcomer. In Intel’s CPU portfolio, however, it is the superstar – this is also reflected in the price of over €500. The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in fourth place offers 12 cores, allowing it to compete with the 10900K in terms of performance, all while being €100 less expensive.

In general, Intel also lags far behind competitor AMD in terms of architecture. The Californian manufacturer has been stuck in 14nm architecture for six years now, while AMD has long since made the quantum leap to 7nm architecture. Apart from that, there is little movement in the CPU product category, with the top 50 being exclusively occupied by AMD and Intel – a difficult field for other manufacturers.

Server: HP Enterprise’s one man show

HP Enterprise continues to play the leading role in the server category – all by itself: the ProLiant series from the American manufacturer almost exclusively dominates the Top Ten. At almost 1,000 clicks, the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Base, listed since April 2019, snatches first place from its ‘series siblings’.

Fujitsu has made it relatively far up this quarter and has at least managed to compete with HP Enterprise in the Top 25: the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX1310 M3, listed since January 2020, reaches a proud 18th place with 247 clicks. The tower server is especially suitable for small and medium-sized businesses, in part due to the comparatively low wholesale price of around €750. It offers the latest processors from the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v6 product family, Core i3, Pentium and Celeron processors and is suitable for all essential computing requirements with up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. 

 

Storage systems: newcomer from Synology off to a flying start

There hasn’t been much change in the storage solutions category either. Synology and QNAP dominate the Top Ten, with the top four rankings even featuring the exact same systems as in the previous quarter. At almost 2,000 clicks, the Synology DS218+, listed since 2017, is still at the top, followed by the Synology Disk Station DS918+ with about 1,300 clicks. In 3rd and 4th place are the TS-431P and TS-231P from the Taiwanese manufacturer QNAP.

In 5th place, it starts to get more interesting: the Synology Disk Station DS220j, which has only been listed since the beginning of the year, secures this place despite being a newcomer. The j-series is ideal for entering the server world of Synology. With the Disk Station DS220j, Synology offers a cost-effective entry model with the latest technology in its product portfolio. Although the system’s storage is expandable up to 32 TB, with 512 MB of RAM, it is more suitable for home or small business use.

 

Press contact

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About ITscope GmbH

Karlsruhe-based ITscope GmbH is the developer and operator of the B2B trading platform ITscope.com. Together with its subsidiary cop software + services GmbH & Co. KG, ITscope forms a strong alliance to support system houses and ICT resellers in the digitalisation of their business processes. With the digital sales solution “B2B Suite”, IT system houses without a classic shop system can set up individual purchasing portals for business customers and seamlessly procure their needs via EDI for distribution.

Own procurement processes and IT systems can also be easily connected to the ITscope platform. The powerful, flexible ITscope API provides product data, prices, availability and much more of over three million ITC articles. ITC distributors and manufacturers also benefit from participating in ITscope: On a uniform platform, enquiry, sales and handling processes can be radically simplified. In addition, ITscope offers insights into market movements and sales trends of the channel.

July 20th, 2020|

Virtual instead of on site: trade fairs & events during corona

 

Large events have been prohibited during the current coronavirus pandemic, causing many organisers to switch to virtual concepts instead. These offer a variety of advantages and hardly any disadvantages. Will this push towards new event concepts change the event industry in the long term after corona?

As some of the lockdown rules are gradually being eased, one sector will not be returning to normality for the time being and is especially suffering from the consequences of the pandemic: large events, including many trade fairs, will probably remain prohibited until at least the end of August.

While many events that were supposed to take place in spring have been postponed indefinitely, the trend is now tending towards alternative, situation-appropriate solutions. These range from limiting visitor numbers and spreading out rooms to a completely digital implementation.

Pioneer for digital implementation: gamescom

A deciding factor for choosing the latter option is the restriction on international travel, in addition to the safety and hygiene measures that are in place. For example, the organisers of gamescom, one of the world’s largest events for computer and video games with several hundred thousand visitors every year, opted for a fully digital event. This decision also includes the expansion of various digital formats, such as the improved ‘gamescom now’ content hub with a variety of topics, shows and numerous talks. Notably, it is not necessary to purchase a ticket for the digital offerings of ‘gamescom now’. The organisers have done this in order to allow as many fans as possible to participate virtually in gamescom.

But these concepts, as simple and convenient as they may be for visitors, require well thought-out planning and preparation. The corona crisis has given a real boost to providers carrying out virtual events: business is booming, with significantly more conferences, trade fairs, seminars, career and team events currently being held online than in 2019.

The advantages offered by digital concepts …

While the new concepts have been brought to the fore by necessity in many companies, the advantages of virtual events are now becoming increasingly obvious. Not only organisational hurdles, often including a long journey to the event, are removed. Companies can also significantly increase the reach of events and reduce costs at the same time. In addition, a visit to a trade fair that only requires a login on the PC, for example, is much more likely to be considered than an event that involves a long and possibly cumbersome journey. There is also the added benefit of reduced environmental burdens, as the need to travel, transport and physically set up events is omitted.

… and one disadvantage of virtual events

In contrast to the many advantages that a virtual event offers, there is one big disadvantage: the ‘face-to-face’ experience including personal, individual conversation is missing. Despite the video and chat functions that many providers offer, it is still a different experience to directly stand next to each other.

But there is also a positive spin to this downside. At student career fairs, for example, initiating personal contact often represents a challenge. For some people, it is certainly more pleasant to make contact or ask questions via chat. And if the online conversations go well, personal (or at least telephone) contact is quick to follow.

In conclusion, a local presence and the long journey that is often associated with it are not always necessary. With the right equipment, many things can be done comfortably and easily from home.

Are you looking for suitable IT equipment for your virtual event? Would you like to transparently compare prices and availability of webcams, headsets and many other products? ITscope offers you the optimal platform for this. Register free of charge at: https://www.itscope.com/en/register-for-free/

July 20th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.29

Datasheets from our API can now be accessed using the CNET-ID.

Platform

  • Datasheets can now be accessed via the API-version 2.1 using the CNET-ID. This includes all available content languages.
July 14th, 2020|

Full warehouses and falling prices: PC systems are becoming slow sellers

 

Karlsruhe, 07/07/2020 – Stock levels of home office equipment are stabilising again after the peak of the corona crisis, whereas other products are having to deal with some unique difficulties. Particularly PC systems, a product category that is clearly at a disadvantage in the home office when compared to light and flexible notebooks, are currently in low demand. As a result, stock levels are rising steadily – which is noticeably affecting prices.

IT hardware stock levels looked worrying back in March: notebooks were almost sold out, while headsets, monitors and webcams were in equally high demand. Products required for the basic equipping of a home office were selling fast.

In the last update in mid-May, the evaluation of stock levels on the ITscope platform showed that stock levels are increasing again and the situation is normalising. However, at this point it also became apparent that one product category in particular is having to overcome completely different hurdles.

Decreasing demand for PC systems

Stock levels were moving in the opposite direction for PC systems, a product category that is less suitable for home office. While stocks levels of other products were quickly reducing, PC system stock levels rose. As could already be foreseen in May, it is now becoming increasingly clear that prices are falling due to the rising stock levels. Not only is there hesitancy in undertaking IT infrastructure projects due to the current economic situation. It has also become clear during the corona crisis that notebooks should be part of the standard inventory in the future, in order to guarantee increased employee flexibility.

“The current situation gives us a glimpse into the future: we suspect that PC systems will increasingly disappear from the office sector and will be replaced by notebooks. During the corona crisis, many companies have realised how important flexible working is and want to support this with the appropriate equipment”, explains Oliver Gorges, sales manager at cop software + services, subsidiary of ITscope GmbH.

This circumstance is also confirmed by the preliminary figures of the ITscope market barometer for the 2nd quarter of 2020. Seemingly, PC systems are becoming slow sellers – and no signs of improvement can be seen yet.

Full warehouses ensure falling prices

A comparison of figures for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2020 shows a clear decline in price. While the average Wholesale Selling Price (WSP) for the top 10 products of the current quarter is slightly above €500, the average WSP of the same products in the previous quarter was noticeably higher at €565. On average, the price fell by 10 percent, while for some products it even fell by more than 20 percent.

A comparison with last year’s second quarter figures shows that the prices of individual products in the then top 10 also fell in the period from March to July – but to a much lesser extent. A seasonal phenomenon can therefore not be assumed. This is also made clear when individually looking at the current top 10 PC systems.

Top products paint a clear picture

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), which has been listed on ITscope since August 2019, is a particularly vivid example for this: while the PC system’s WSP was subject to only minor fluctuations up to April, it has steadily decreased since then. It is now hovering at around €490 – previously it was at a steady €530. The reason for this seems to be the increasing levels of stock: while a maximum of 5.500 units were previously reported by the distribution department on ITscope, the current peak value is almost 20.000 units.

Price/stock level/status history Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7 (item no. 10T700BTGE), October 2019 to July 2020

A very similar situation can be seen with the PC systems in 2nd and 3rd place of the ITscope market barometer. Second place is taken by the HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), which has been listed since July 2019, and has the same combination of full stocks and falling prices. Although the total of almost 5.500 units in stock is lower than for the Lenovo ThinkCentre M720q 10T7, the stock level has almost doubled in comparison to pre-corona values. With this oversupply, a falling WSP is the logical consequence. Even though the WSP trend for this PC is not quite as consistent as for Lenovo’s first-placed system, and is subject to stronger fluctuations, the WSP in Q4 2019 and Q1 2020 (before corona) was never as low as the current price of around €500.

 

Price/stock level/status history HP ProDesk 400 G6 (item no. 7EM13EA#ABD), October 2019 to July 2020

In addition, the HP ProDesk 400 G6 has a sales trend of zero between January and March – as the warehouses were empty. A possible explanation for this could be the supply bottlenecks that resulted due to the lockdown in China. In March, the sales trend briefly spiked as the product became available again. After that, however, sales figures rapidly fell again and stocks remain full. It appears that lower prices are now expected to counteract the falling sales.

The Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T) in 3rd place, which has been listed on ITscope since July 2019, is also struggling with falling prices. At more than 3.000 units, stock levels are comparatively high and the WSP of about €450 is correspondingly low.

 

Price/stock level/status history Dell OptiPlex 3070 (item no. JX26T), October 2019 to July 2020

How will the situation develop? Will the changes be so far-reaching that a sustainable rethinking will take place, towards a flexible working world that is spatially independent? Or is this just a unique situation and the demand for PC systems will rise again as soon as the economic downturn eases? It remains to be seen how the demand for these PC systems will develop.

In the market barometer published every quarter, ITscope retrospectively analyses the three million IT products listed on ITscope.com to see how many times each product was viewed on the platform. This provide a well-founded insight into the category-specific product interest of IT resellers.
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July 9th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.28

This release allows B2B product lists to be imported as CSV. We have also improved the function of some scaled price features.

Platform

  • Headings for the invoice and delivery address on orders are now correctly translated into the respective language.
  • The scaled price dialogue, which is shown on the purchasing board when the ‘scaled price info’ button is clicked, is now also localised.

B2B Suite

  • Product lists can be imported as CSV in the portal configuration.
  • In the scaled price info on the purchasing board, the supplier name was sometimes shown instead of the alias. This bug has been fixed.
  • If a distributor does not deliver to certain regions, and has configured this accordingly, and a B2B customer from one of these regions places an order in the portal, then this order will not be processed automatically via order automation.
  • Customers are now also able to register themselves for a portal if the email address has already been used in another portal or on the platform.
July 7th, 2020|

Release Notes for Update 2020.31

We have fine-tuned the address selection process to make it easier to manage and select addresses. Additionally, quotes can now be shown with gross prices and, in the case of term-based contracts, it is possible to adjust the tax rate based on the contract end date.

Setting up product files in the B2B Suite has now been made more flexible. A price can be declared as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’ and it can be defined whether the file only provides the price or if it is used as an additional source of supply.

Furthermore, we have fixed some bugs that occurred on the product page, sources of supply list and portal configuration.

Platform

  • For quotes with German tax rates, it is possible to select the regular 19% rate in addition to the reduced tax rates that are currently valid. This feature has been added because for term-based contracts, the tax rate that applies at the end of the contract can be used in the invoice.
  • The presentation of the address selection has been improved. Addresses can now also be edited on a one-off basis without changing the address book entry.
  • It is possible to choose whether gross prices are displayed to the recipient of a quote.
  • When sending orders via API to the test distributor ‘ITscope Partner Test’, the option to generate order response documents automatically is now available again.
  • For BMEcat exports, an average time (in working days) can be selected to indicate how long the supplier will take to deliver the items.
  • If scaled prices are available for a product, then the price displayed on the purchasing board in the ‘Prepared Orders’ column will match the price corresponding to the selected quantity.
  • When switching to another product in the product search, the selected quantity in the detail section will then be set back to ‘1’.
  • In the product header, it is now possible to request project prices for products from the manufacturer D-Link.
  • Some of the Dutch translations have been improved to ensure better wording.

B2B Suite

  • In the portal configuration, you can now define for each product file whether the price should be interpreted as a wholesale price, retail price or ‘on request’. It is also possible to decide whether the product file simply represents the price or whether it is an additional source of supply for the product.
  • The portal registration of new companies now works even if no customers have been created in the portal so far.
  • In portals with user-specific addresses, there were some issues with the order approval process. These problems have now been fixed.
  • When portal operators edited the standard billing and delivery addresses of their customers, error messages were repeatedly displayed. This issue has been corrected.
  • The status of the domain setup is displayed correctly again.
  • In the case of products with fixed prices, sometimes errors occurred in the sources of supply list when displaying these prices. This bug has been fixed.
  • For sources of supply, the presentation of the VAT rate specified in B2B product files has been corrected.
July 30th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.30

In order to facilitate working with B2B price lists, we have expanded the number of retrieval statistics available. Additionally, we fixed a bug that prevented the creation of these lists. We also improved the behaviour of the minimum price optimisation and the sorting of sources of supply.

Platform

  • When adding an item to a shopping cart, the cart that is currently active is indicated in the selection menu.
  • The sorting of sources of supply with a purchase price of €0 and a calculated price not equal to €0 has been corrected.

B2B Suite

  • Retrieval statistics for B2B price lists also show the number of imported retail prices (RP) and minimum prices.
  • For the minimum price optimisation, discrepancies sometimes occurred when a margin was stored in the price calculation of the supplier. This bug has been fixed.
  • Retrieval statistics are now available for individual price and project lists, similar to the B2B price lists.
  • A bug that prevented the creation of new B2B price lists has been fixed.
  • It is now possible to generate an invitation link for B2B portal users, instead of inviting them via an invitation email.
  • The CSV importer for product lists now ignores the file extension of the corresponding file. File contents will still be checked for conformity.

 

July 21st, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.28

This release allows B2B product lists to be imported as CSV. We have also improved the function of some scaled price features.

Platform

  • Headings for the invoice and delivery address on orders are now correctly translated into the respective language.
  • The scaled price dialogue, which is shown on the purchasing board when the ‘scaled price info’ button is clicked, is now also localised.

B2B Suite

  • Product lists can be imported as CSV in the portal configuration.
  • In the scaled price info on the purchasing board, the supplier name was sometimes shown instead of the alias. This bug has been fixed.
  • If a distributor does not deliver to certain regions, and has configured this accordingly, and a B2B customer from one of these regions places an order in the portal, then this order will not be processed automatically via order automation.
  • Customers are now also able to register themselves for a portal if the email address has already been used in another portal or on the platform.
July 7th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.27

This week, we optimised the behaviour of the sources of supply list, as well as fixing some bugs.

Platform

  • We have made sure that the selected country can also be changed for quotes where ‘no tax’ has been set.
  • Failed orders were stuck in ‘currently being transmitted’ status after being resent. This bug has been fixed.

B2B Suite

  • In the category management, the function of the checkbox for visibility has been changed. The checkbox is selected (ticked) if the category is visible instead of interpreting a selected checkbox as ‘hidden’.
  • Fixed prices now also take into account the gross/net price settings that have configured for the portal.
  • We have fixed several errors in the sorting process for the sources of supply. For example, products with a fixed price markup are sorted correctly and sources of supply without a price are displayed at the end of the list.
  • When changing the customer in the portal administration, the button to prepare the customer mode is now displayed correctly.
June 30th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.26

We have made some preparations regarding the upcoming VAT rate cut in Germany, while also working on the function and presentation of some elements. The actions of prepared orders have been adjusted and the behaviour of the sources of supply table has been improved. We also worked on the presentation and content of the emails.

Platform

  • Preparations for the temporary VAT rate adjustment in Germany. From 1st July, all newly added line items will be added with the new VAT rate. Items added before this date will keep the old rate, with the option to change this to the new rate.
  • For Api, Cos and Pilot, the next delivery date and delivery quantity is determined via the real-time service.
  • The appearance of the action buttons for prepared orders has been modified, ensuring a uniform design and behaviour of the shopping cart and order tiles.
  • The behaviour of the sources of supply table has been revised. Re-sorting is now only initiated if a more favourable pricing scale can be selected after the quantity has been changed.
  • If an error occurs while sending orders, this will be explicitly stated in the email.
  • The ‘order method‘ filter has been removed from the salesboard and the orders section.
  • We have made sure that Outlook tables are displayed correctly in emails.
  • The correct source is now displayed for order line items that were ordered from within a quote.
  • An option to show orders on the purchasing board or quote has been added to the action menu for the order search and order details.

B2B Suite

  • We have ensured that correctly configured B2B price lists can always be selected in the supplier selection of the customer group.
  • The price enquiry function is now also displayed correctly in the context area of the product search.
  • For order automation of portal orders, the carrier is now correctly transferred to the portal order for shipping confirmations.
June 23rd, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.25

During the last week, we worked on the portal dashboard and made sure that prices on the product page are adjusted according to the quantity, if a scaled price exists. We have also fixed some errors that occurred with fixed-price products.

Platform

  • The prices displayed on the product page change if a different quantity is entered, depending on scaled prices.
  • Actions for orders have been unified in the different views (boards, search, detail).

B2B Suite

  • Incorrect VAT information was sometimes displayed on product pages for fixed-price products. This error has been fixed.
  • Settings configured in customer groups regarding the portal dashboard are now applied correctly.
  • We have ensured that prices of fixed-price products are always displayed correctly on the portal dashboard.
  • The recommended retail price (RRP) is displayed below the wholesale selling price (WSP) in the product header.
  • During the portal registration process, portal operators can only activate email domains that can be clearly associated with a company and are not on the ITscope blacklist.
  • The loading of images in the CTO Finder is now faster and more reliable.

Suppliers & Interfaces

  • Webinstore AG is now listed on ITscope.
  • systemzwo GmbH is now listed on ITscope.
  • DCS ApS is now listed on ITscope.
  • Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden is now listed on ITscope.
  • Esphere Network GmbH is now listed on ITscope.
  • Alltron AG is now listed on ITscope.
June 18th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.24

This week we have listed new suppliers and fixed some bugs.
We are currently working on the presentation of B2B Suite statistics and on revising the address selection.

B2B Suite

  • We have made sure that personal shopping baskets behave correctly when viewed by operators in customer view.

Platform

  • We have ensured that the quantity selection is displayed correctly in the accessories view of the product page.
  • All order documents now include the shipping costs and surcharges incurred at the time of ordering.

Suppliers

  • The following suppliers are now available on ITscope: DCS ApS, Conti Networks Inh. Werner Schoultz von Ascheraden, Esphere Networks GmbH, Alltron AG, U-S-C GmbH, api B.V. and Ulrich Richter GmbH.
June 10th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.23

This week there has been further progress regarding the scaled prices of products. When a product is placed in the shopping cart, the scaled prices are displayed in a pop-up (if they are available). Additionally, a Polish and Dutch translation of the platform is now available.

Platform

  • If a product has scaled prices, this will be indicated in the ‘Add to cart’ pop-up.
  • Polish and Dutch versions of the platform are now available.

B2B Suite

  • If prices within a portal are displayed including VAT, then these prices will be displayed in the same way in PDFs for orders.
June 4th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Release Notes for Update 2020.21

In order to simplify the administration of addresses, we have fundamentally revised the address selection dialogue. The new version is much clearer, easier to use and can be activated in the test lab.

Platform

  • A new version of the address selection feature is now available in the test lab. Several improvements have been made both visually and in terms of handling.
  • The sharing tiles for ERP systems can now be configured individually. It is possible to choose which tiles should be displayed during sharing.
  • We have ensured that the inbound and external warehouse stock quantities are transferred to the correct export and API fields.
  • The price list import report for distributors sometimes could not be retrieved. This bug has been fixed.
  • Scaled prices from the DEFAULT_PRICELIST or CUSTOMER_PRICELIST are displayed on the product page.
  • The readability of text on product tiles has been improved. Text is now displayed in black on a white background.

B2B Suite

  • The shipping confirmation for partial deliveries from automated B2B orders will always show the correct quantity.
May 19th, 2020|Changelog-EN|

Meet ITscope on the road

Trade fairs, exhibitions, events, roadshows & more

ITscope on tour

More than 7,400 active customers, 370 distributors and 3 million ICT products: ITscope is the home of the channel. That’s why we’re out there for you at all the major industry events.

Whether it’s trade fairs, partner days, roadshows or special events – experience ITscope in person! Enjoy a personal demonstration of ITscope and its features, ask us any questions you may have regarding ICT trading, and talk to us about how we can collaborate in future.

Any questions about our events?

Putri Laichinger
Inside Sales Manager