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MERA 2011 – DISTRIBUTOR NOMINATIONS

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 6 May 2011

The ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2011 Awards’ take place in conjunction with Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) Middle East & Africa – the region’s premier annual ICT & consumer electronics (CE) retail channel event – on May 18th. The MERA executive committee has now announced the official nominations for this year’s two retail distributor awards based on a new impartial selection process.

MERA is an independent body comprising senior executives from retailers, distributors and vendors operating in the MEA retail channel. MERA members contribute feedback for a Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) on the health of the market – a service that has now been running for more than 18 months. The wealth of data accumulated through the MMR service has now been incorporated into the planning for the ‘MERA: 2011 Awards’.

Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the organiser of DCC MEA, explained some of the changes: “Now in their fourth year, the MERA Awards have established a reputation for transparency and independence, reflecting real achievements in the retail channel. We have used the data supplied to us by retailers, and vendors during the last 12 months to compile the list of nominated companies for this year’s distributor awards.”

The total number of mentions received for distributors in the MMR has been calculated and the executive MERA committee has reviewed this list to select the top five in the two distributor award categories. Hundreds of senior retail executives will determine the overall winner in each category through a live electronic vote during the ‘MERA: 2011 Awards’ Gala Dinner on May 18th in Fujairah, UAE, at DCC MEA 2011. The distributor nominations for the ‘MERA: 2011 Awards’ listed in alphabetical order per category are as follows:

Volume Retail Distributor of the Year - Asbis, BDL, FDC, Metra, Redington

Specialist Retail Distributor of the Year - Al Quraishi, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS), Eros, ITE, Pro Technology

“We would like to extend our congratulations to each and very distributor that has received an official nomination,” explained Hemraj. “This is a significant achievement in itself and demonstrates a consistent level of performance and appreciation by retailers and vendors throughout the last 12 months.”

’The MERA: 2011 Awards’ Gala Dinner, ceremony and live voting will take place on May 18th at Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, UAE, in conjunction with DCC MEA.


DCC MEA 2011

DCC is the ultimate professional networking event for senior executives from the consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products retail channel in the MEA region. DCC MEA 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.

DCC MEA regularly attracts hundreds of senior executives from MEA’s consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products retail channel. These include the powerful buyers and decision makers responsible for product selection for the retailers they represent. Not only is DCC MEA 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 region.

For retail executives, attending DCC MEA 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: DCC MEA, the ‘must-attend’ event for vendors and retailers associated with MEA’s consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products channel. www.dcc-mea.com

Vendors, retailers and distributors wishing to participate in the event can also contact fhemraj@distree.com quoting code MEA11

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