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‘MERA: 2009 Awards’ winners named

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 21 May 2009

Over 350 attendees voted live on 20th May 2009 to select winners in 22 categories – 11 retail categories, 2 distributor and 9 vendor categories. Hosted by DISTREE Events, the organisers of leading ICT and consumer electronics channel events in the EMEA region, over 150 retailers voted for the winners in the vendor and distributor categories while a panel of 50 vendor representatives voted for the retailer categories.

“We congratulate all the winners,” said Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the awards organiser. “There were a few surprise winners but the votes reflected the level of interaction and investment in the channel by both vendors and retailers. As the organiser, we take pride in our transparency and the live counting of votes is a reflection of this. The MERA Awards set the benchmark for channel awards in the region and are an integral part of the DCC MEA experience.”

The MERA Awards were launched in 2008, creating a clear and transparent platform to recognise excellence in the region’s consumer electronics and ICT channel, with awards for vendors, distributors and retailers.

The awards were held in conjunction with DCC MEA, where pre-qualified ICT and CE retail executives from across the Middle East market will have the opportunity to review the latest products from the 50-plus vendors set to attend this year’s event.

With retailers from 15-plus countries across the MEA region attending DCC MEA, the event offers vendors insight into markets across the region and the opportunity to accelerate or improve their go-to-market retail strategy. The complete list of 2009 winners is below:

Desktop/Notebooks/Netbooks: Retail Vendor of the Year – Acer & Sony (vote tied)

Digital Lifestyle: Retail Vendor of the Year – Apple

Accessories: Retail Vendor of the Year – Sandisk

Peripherals & Printing: Retail Vendor of the Year – HP

Mobile Communications: Retail Vendor of the Year – Nokia

LCD/Plasma TVs: Retail Vendor of the Year – Samsung

Middle East Retail: Overall Vendor of the Year – HP

Special Achievement for Outstanding Retail Channel Development – Acer

Channel Manager of the Year – Wael El Chami (HP)

Hypermarket / Big Box Retailer of the Year: UAE – Carrefour

Mall-based / Specialist Retailer of the Year: UAE – Sharaf DG

Hypermarket / Big Box Retailer of the Year: Saudi Arabia – Jarir Bookstore

Mall-based / Specialist Retailer of the Year: Saudi Arabia - Extra

Retailer of the Year: Rest of Gulf – Alghanim

Retailer of the Year: Egypt & Levant - CompuMe Egypt

Retail Executive of the Year: UAE – N.R. Ganeshan (Carrefour)

Retail Executive of the Year: Saudi Arabia – Wassim Mrad (Extra)

Retail Executive of the Year: Rest of Gulf – Hakim Amar (Alghanim - Kuwait)

Retail Executive of the Year: Egypt & Levant - Amr Shiera (CompuMe - Egypt)

Middle East Store Concept of the Year – Emax (Oasis Centre – Dubai)

Volume Retail Distributor of the Year: Middle East - Redington

Specialist Retail Distributor of the Year: Middle East - Genius

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