Kona execs on UK tour - BikeBiz

Kona execs on UK tour

Prior to Kona's transition to dealer direct distribution in the UK, Kona execs are meeting with stockists this week
Publish date:

Dan Gerhard, one of Kona's founding owners, and Jim Holmstrom, who runs Kona's Euro HQ in Geneva, are currently touring the UK meeting with Kona stockists ahead of the July 1st distribution transition from Paligap

Holmstrom (pictured) said: "Our UK visit is dedicated to a direct, hands-on tour of how our brand is perceived today at the dealer and consumer levels. It also gives us the opportunity to introduce ourselves to some of the people that have been selling our brand during the past decades. 

"Sadly, we will not have time to see every dealer. However, we should be able to get a good idea about our strength of alliance at the IBD level."

On July 1st, Kona distribution in the UK will be handled from Geneva, with two British reps on the road. There will be a UK-specific warranty hotline and a UK-focussed administrator in at Euro HQ.

Kona Europe was established 15 years ago. Stock is now accessed from the Geneva HQ, with dealers having access to an online ordering system with inventory and logistics data. The Geneva HQ has dealer tech training facilities, product showrooms, and a test centre. 

Gerhard said: "We believe in efficiency and with our centralised structure dealers will get access to a vast European stock pool, more competitive prices and a direct access to communicate with our staff on local product needs or new product developments."

Featured Jobs

the cycle hub

Showroom Manager

The Cycle Hub I Dubai, United Arab Emirates I Competitive Package & Bonus I Date Published Tuesday 26th June 2018

Giant St Paul Logo

Bike Fitter / Sales Person

Giant St Pauls I City of London I Salary: Negotiable Dependent on Experience I Date Published Thursday 21st June 2018


Bike Technician

Chain Reaction Cycles I Ballyclare I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018


Brand Content Writer

Canyon Bicycles GmbH I Koblenz, Germany I Salary: Up to €38,000 I Date Published Tuesday 3rd July 2018


Retail Sales Advisor

Chain Reaction Cycles I Belfast I Competitive Salary & Benefits Package I Date Published Monday 2nd July 2018