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DISTREE Middle East invites retailers, distributors and vendors to enter 2017 MERA initiative awards

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 27 March 2017

10th annual MERA Awards will take place on May 9th, 2017
10th annual MERA Awards will take place on May 9th, 2017

DISTREE Events has confirmed a deadline of April 29th for companies to enter the submission-based awards, which form part of the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2017 Awards’ taking place at DISTREE Middle East in May. The annual MERA Awards, taking place for the 10th consecutive year in 2017, celebrate excellence in the region’s consumer technology retail channel. All vendors, distributors, retailers and e-tailers operating in the Middle East are eligible to submit an entry for any or all of the four submission-based awards.

Companies can submit their entry packs online. All entries will be evaluated by a VIP Jury of independent channel experts during DISTREE Middle East 2017, with the winners announced at the event’s Gala Dinner on Tuesday, May 9th. The four categories are:

In-Store Experience of the Year – ENTER NOW

Customer Promotion of the Year – ENTER NOW

Product Launch of the Year – ENTER NOW

Marketing Initiative of the Year – ENTER NOW

Liam McSherry, Marketing Director at DISTREE Events, said: “We actively encourage all retailers, e-tailers, distributors and vendors to submit entries for these awards. It is a fantastic opportunity for marketing and PR teams to showcase a company’s achievements during the last 12 months.”

“The quality of entries continues to rise year after year,” he added. “The Middle East consumer tech retail channel continues to innovate and find new ways to engage with and excite customers. We’re seeing exciting new product categories emerging and we’re also seeing greater deployment of omnichannel strategies in the region.”

Last year’s awards saw Sharaf DG collect the coveted In-Store Experience of the Year award for retail innovations rolled out at its Times Square outlet in Dubai. Electro received the Marketing Initiative of the Year accolade for the amount of coverage generated as a result of its new store opening in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The Customer Promotion of the Year award went to Acer for a product launch in association with Jumbo. The Product Launch of the Year award was a tie with CTRONIQ and Touchmate both recognised for successful new tablet launches in association with retailers Lulu and Carrefour respectively.

McSherry added: “This year will see us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MERA Awards at DISTREE Middle East. They have become a benchmark for excellence in the Middle East retail channel. The consumer tech channel is packed with highly creative professionals who are always looking for new and innovative ways to generate demand. We can’t wait to start assessing this year’s initiative award entries from across the region.”

DISTREE Middle East 2017

We are pleased to confirm that Channel EMEA is an official Media Partner for all DISTREE events in 2017, including DISTREE Middle East. DISTREE Middle East 2017, which takes place from May 8th to 10th in Dubai, gathers together hundreds of senior executives from e-tailers, retailers, online marketplaces, distributors and vendors of consumer tech products. Thousands of pre-scheduled meetings take place between delegates during the event, accelerating consumer tech channel growth and development throughout the Middle East. This year’s event will also include a delegation of leading consumer tech retailers from Africa.

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