5. It was just 'internal banter'
Venturing into the perilous realm of channel banter would be risky at the best of times, let alone during the most divisive general election in a generation.
The managing director of reseller Storm Technologies had to defend a "tongue-in-cheek" email he sent to staff on 8 June advising them to vote for the Conservatives.
John Brooker insists he did not threaten staff with the sack if they voted Labour, dismissing the email sent on election day as "internal banter".
The missive, which also warned staff that "Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down" was picked up by the GMB after being leaked to the union.
In the email, which was picked up by national press including the Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror, Brooker argued that Jeremy Corbyn would be a "nightmare" if he won the election.
In his defence, Brooker did sign off the email making it clear that staff should "feel free to vote for whoever you want".
Commenting in the national press, Brooker described the email as a "tongue-in-cheek" note meant in jest. No threat was levelled at staff, he insisted.
However, considering the national interest the story sparked, this was probably a piece of banter best reserved for close allies in person.
4. There'll be Dell to pay
The channel has waited a long time to have such close relations with Dell, but some channel players had less respect for the process in March.
Dell EMC kicked two partners off the Dell EMC Partner Programme after they engaged in repeated abuse of the deal registration system.
The partners, which Dell EMC would not name, both abused the deal reg system of the new programme, which went live the month before. The vendor said the action proved it will enforce its zero-tolerance view on any dodgy deals its partners or its inside sales staff are involved in.
One partner was found to be fuelling grey-market activity by "consistently reselling goods secured for a named customer", according to Dell EMC's UK channel boss Sarah Shields. The second, she said, was "registering a deal reg for customer A and then repeatedly selling to customer B, knowing they weren't able to get a deal reg for customer B in the first place".
Shields remained tight-lipped on specific details about the partners in question.
"Are these partners everyone would have heard of? Possibly not," she said. "They are not the biggest and they are not the smallest. But that is irrelevant. What is relevant to me here is that we take this really seriously. We will reward handsomely partners that engage in a true partnership with us and we will take action where needed so that this is the best programme we can offer."
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