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MERA: 2013 Awards - VENDOR NOMINATIONS

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 13 May 2013

The sixth annual awards ceremony takes place on 22nd May in Abu Dhabi. Hundreds of ICT & CE retailers will vote live to determine Vendor of the Year across 13 separate product categories. More than 50 ICT and consumer electronics (CE) vendors have received official nominations for the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2013 Awards’, which take place at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East 2013 – the region’s leading annual retail channel event.

Farouk Hemraj, CEO and co-founder at DISTREE Events, said: “We are delighted to once again play host to the MERA Awards at DISTREE Middle East. We want to congratulate all the vendors that have received official nominations and look forward to welcoming then to the Gala Dinner and live electronic voting session on May 22nd.”

The Vendor of the Year nominations are based on continuous feedback collected from retailers and e-tailers across the region during the last 12 months as part of MERA’s monthly report service. Receiving an official nomination marks out a vendor as a top five brand in a specific product category. The full list of vendor nominees for each product category (listed in alphabetical order) is as follows.

PCs: Acer, Dell, HP, Samsung, Toshiba

TABLETS: Asus, Eurostar, HCL, Lenovo, Prestigio

SMARTPHONE & TABLET ACCESSORIES: Golla, Hama, Imation, Promate, Puro

PC ACCESSORIES: Belkin, Genius, Logitech, Microsoft, Targus

IMAGING: Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Samsung, Sony

STORAGE: Buffalo, Sandisk, Seagate, Toshiba, WD

PRINTING: Brother, Canon, HP, Samsung, Xerox

SMARTPHONES: Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung

TVs: LG, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba

GAMES: Activision, Konami, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony

HOME NETWORKING: Belkin, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, Sitecom

SOFTWARE: BitDefender, Eset, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Symantec

AUDIO: Altec Lansing, Bose, JBL, Philips, Sennheiser

During the live electronic vote, hundreds of senior retail executives will be asked to determine an overall winner for each category based on a number of criteria including channel strategy, inventory management, margin potential, retailer support, marketing, pricing and demand generation.

Hemraj added: “The open and transparent voting system means that these awards have real meaning in the Middle East retail channel. Each nominated vendor is a leading brand in its category and we look forward to celebrating their collective achievements at the Gala Dinner.”

A total of 52 vendors received nominations with seven appearing in multiple product categories. Samsung leads the way with five nominations, followed by Microsoft, Sony and Toshiba with three each. Belkin, Canon and HP received two nominations apiece. Although recently acquired by Belkin, Linksys was treated as a separate vendor because nominations were based on retail performance throughout the last 12 months.

DISTREE Middle East will take place from May 21st to 23rd at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The region’s leading annual ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retail event will play host to 600 senior channel executives.

“The MERA Awards are celebrate the growth and development of the regional retail channel,” added Hemraj. “There remains real diversity in terms of consumer brands and healthy relationships with the Middle East’s distributors and retailers remain critical to market success.”

Vendors nominated for a ‘MERA: 2013 Award’ that are not yet confirmed participants at DISTREEE Middle East 2013 can request a separate invitation for the Gala Dinner and awards ceremony by contacting fhemraj@distree.com

DISTREE Middle East 2013

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.

DISTREE Middle East 2013 will take place on May 21-23rd at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE. For more information and to secure your place at the region’s number one retail channel event, contact fhemraj@distreevents.com quoting code DME13.

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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