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MERA 2014 AWARDS: Vendor & distributor winners

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 27 May 2014

The seventh annual Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Awards Gala Dinner took place on Wednesday 21st May 2014 in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East. The ICT and consumer electronics (CE) channel event was held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi. Hundreds of senior vendor, distributor and retail channel executives attended the Gala Dinner.

Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, said: “Retailers at the Gala Dinner took part in a live electronic vote to determine the overall winners in each vendor and distributor category. We congratulate all companies that were nominated for awards. It serves as recognition of outstanding retail channel engagement during the last 12 months.”

This year’s nominee selection process in each product category involved a combination of continuous Middle East channel feedback from the last 12 months, independent market data and input from a DISTREE Events selection committee. The continuous feedback included the statistics recorded through the MERA Monthly Monitor Report (MMR).

The nominees for the following three award categories were determined by a VIP Jury during this year’s DISTREE Middle East: Outstanding Vendor Performance; DISTREE Middle East 2014 - Best in Show, New Vendor of the Year.

The VIP Jury included John Bohan, Jigsaw Business Solutions; Benoit van den Bulcke, Blueprint Execution; Howard Davies, CONTEXT; Philip Hughes, Pumpkin Consulting, and KS Vasudevan, Navo.

The full list of winners for the 17 vendor and distributor categories at the ‘MERA: 2014 Awards’ were as follows:

PCs: Retail Vendor of the Year – DELL (46% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Acer, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba]

Tablets: Retail Vendor of the Year – LENOVO (32% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Asus, Eurostar, Huawei, Prestigio, Touchmate]

PC Accessories: Retail Vendor of the Year – GENIUS (43% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Belkin, Logitech, Microsoft, Targus]

Tablet & Phone Accessories: Retail Vendor of the Year – PROMATE (50% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Belkin, Casemate, Cellularline, Targus]

Imaging: Retail Vendor of the Year – CANON (41% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Fujifilm, GoPro, Nikon, Sony]

Storage: Retail Vendor of the Year – SEAGATE (38% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Sandisk, Toshiba, Transcend, WD]

Smartphones: Retail Vendor of the Year – HUAWEI (47% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Blackberry, HTC, Nokia, Sony]

Home Networking: Retail Vendor of the Year – LINKSYS (50% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Belkin, D-Link, Edimax, TP-Link]

Software: Retail Vendor of the Year – KASPERSKY (43% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Bitdefender, Eset, Microsoft, Norton]

Audio Accessories: Retail Vendor of the Year – BEATS (38% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Bose, Logitech, Sennheiser, TDK]

Wearable Tech & Connected Devices: Retail Vendor of the Year – FITBIT (41% of final vote)

[Also nominated: GoPro, Jawbone, Pebble, Xtouch]

Outstanding Vendor Performance - LENOVO (37% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Dell, HP, Huawei, Toshiba]

DISTREE Middle East 2014: Best in Show – PARROT (33% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Belkin Linksys, Electrolux, Motorola, Xtouch]

New Vendor of the Year – ENERGY SISTEM (42% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Hisense, Huawei, Quantum, Xtouch]

Volume Distributor of the Year – REDINGTON (46% of final vote)

[Also nominated: BDL, FDC, Jumbo, Metra]

Retail Distributor of the Year – GCT (33% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Grand Stores, ITE, Redington Lifestyle, Trigon]

Accessories Distributor of the Year – MAX ELECTRONICS (40% of final vote)

[Also nominated: Gadgitech, Jurassic, Lionfish, Shift]

Hemraj added: “The DISTREE Events selection committee focused this year’s nominations on companies that continue to drive the development of a strong Middle East retail channel community through their involvement in both MERA’s monthly report service and ongoing support for DISTREE Middle East. Companies that did not meet the required standard were excluded from the final list of official nominations.”

The following three companies were excluded from the final list of nominations for the ‘MERA: 2014 Awards’: Apple, Jarir Bookstore and Samsung.

DISTREE Middle East 2015

Channel EMEA is an official global media partner of DISTREE Events, including DISTREE Middle East.

DISTREE Middle East is the ultimate professional networking event for senior executives from the consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products retail channel in the Middle East region. DISTREE Middle East is a focused event for retail executives based on the successful concept of bringing high-level buyers from emerging markets into productive contact with vendors.

Not only is DISTREE Middle East a powerful business platform, it is also an annual networking function allowing vendors to meet face-to-face with both existing and potential new retail partners from across the Middle East, plus North Africa and the CIS region.

DISTREE Middle East 2015 is scheduled to take place next May. For more information and to secure your place at the region’s number one retail channel event, contact fhemraj@distreevents.com quoting code DME15.

For retail executives, attending DISTREE Middle East is time well spent. In just three days you can hold dozens of face-to-face meetings with existing and potential new vendors, meet with your peers from across the region, find out more about the latest industry trends and market data. All this at one exclusive event: DISTREE Middle East - the ‘must-attend’ event for vendors and retailers associated with the region’s consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products channel. www.distree-me.com

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