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MERA 2012 – RETAILER NOMINATIONS

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 30 April 2012

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) has released the official list of retailer nominations for its 2012 awards, which take place in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East. A total of 26 retailers have received nominations across ten country categories, with seven retailers nominated in multiple categories.

Each nominated company has earned ‘MERA 2012 Recommended Retailer’ status for the next 12 months. An overall winner in each country will be determined by a live electronic vendor vote at the ‘MERA: 2012 Awards’ Gala Dinner on May 16th.

The nominations are based on feedback gathered from ICT and consumer electronics (CE) vendors operating in the region. Vendors have completed MERA Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) feedback forms each month selecting their preferred retailer by country based on a combination of factors including pricing, marketing, sales, POS activities, promotions and business relations.

The leading retailers per country were determined based on the total number of mentions received from vendors in the MMR during the last 12 months. The top five retailers receive official nominations in countries with more diversity in terms of the number of companies operating. In markets where less retail chains operate the top three retailers receive official nominations. A tie in the ranking system means that six retailers receive official nominations in the UAE.

The official list of retailer nominations (in alphabetical order) per country is as follows:

UAE Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, Emax, Jacky’s, Jumbo, Lulu, Sharaf DG

Saudi Arabia Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, Extra, Jarir Bookstore, Obeikan, Panda

Bahrain Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, Emax, Geant, Lulu, Sharaf DG

Kuwait Retailer of the Year: Alghanim (X-cite), Best Denki, Carrefour, Eureka, Geant

Oman Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, Emax, Lulu

Qatar Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, Jarir Bookstore, Lulu, PC One, Virgin

Egypt Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, CompuMe, Computer Shop, Mobile Shop, Radioshack

Jordan Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, PC Zone, SmartBuy

Lebanon Retailer of the Year: Abed Tahan, Khoury Home, Virgin

Syria Retailer of the Year: Carrefour, DigitalNet, Home IT

"We would like to congratulate each and every nominee on achieving ’MERA 2012 Recommended Retailer’ status and look forward to welcoming them to this year’s awards ceremony," said Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the organisers of DISTREE Middle East.

"This is the fifth year we have hosted the MERA Awards. During that time we have witnessed incredible growth and development in the Middle East market and the emergence of a highly professional and structured retail channel," he continued.

"The ’MERA: 2012 Awards’ will once again provide an independent platform for senior retail, distributor and vendor executives involved in the region’s ICT & CE retail channel to reflect on the growth and development that has happened during the last 12 months," Hemraj concluded.

About MERA

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) is an independent trade organisation uniting retailers, distributors and vendors working in the region’s ICT & CE retail channel. MERA members contribute to the Monthly Monitor Report (MMR), providing them with access to retail trends and insight into sales, pricing and business confidence levels across the region. The annual ‘MERA Awards’ offer an independent platform for recognising channel excellence.


DISTREE Middle East 2012

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.

More than 60 vendors met over 170 retail executives at DISTREE Middle East 2011. The total delegate base exceeded 500 and more than 1,100 pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings took place during the event. DISTREE Middle East regularly attracts hundreds of senior executives from the region’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 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 region.

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

Vendors, retailers and distributors wishing to participate at DISTREE Middle East 2012, which takes place from 15-17th May, should contact fhemraj@distree.com quoting code DME12 for full details.

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