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DISTREE Middle East announces MERA 2014 Awards nominees

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 16 May 2014

DISTREE Middle East has announced the full list of nominated companies for the ‘Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2014 Awards’, which are taking place in conjunction with this year’s regional technology and electronics retail channel event.

Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, commented: “We congratulate all the nominated companies for this year’s MERA Awards."

"This year’s selection process involved a combination of continuous Middle East channel feedback from the last 12 months, independent market data and input from a DISTREE Events selection committee,” he continued.

“It is important to point out that these awards are not intended to reward the largest companies by volume, they are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated continued retail channel excellence throughout the last 12 months,” Hemraj added.

The overall winner in each category will be determined through a live electronic vote at the ‘MERA: 2014 Awards’ Gala Dinner taking place on May 21st at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East 2014.

Retailers will vote to select the winners in vendor and distributor categories, while vendors will vote to select retailer winners. The full list of nominated companies (displayed in alphabetical order) for each category is as follows:

Vendor awards

PC Vendor of the Year - Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba

Tablet Vendor of the Year - Asus, Eurostar, Huawei, Lenovo, Prestigio, Touchmate

PC Accessories Vendor of the Year - Belkin, Genius, Logitech, Microsoft, Targus

Tablet & Phone Accessories Vendor of the Year - Belkin, Cellularline, Casemate, Promate, Targus

Imaging Vendor of the Year - Canon, Fujifilm, GoPro, Nikon, Sony

Storage Vendor of the Year - Sandisk, Seagate, Toshiba, Transcend, WD

Smartphone Vendor of the Year - Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Sony

Home Networking Vendor of the Year - Belkin, D-Link, Edimax, Linksys, TP-Link

Software Vendor of the Year - Bitdefender, Eset, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Norton

Audio Accessories Vendor of the Year - Beats, Bose, Logitech, Sennheiser, TDK

Wearable Tech & Connected Devices Vendor of the Year - Fitbit, GoPro, Jawbone, Pebble, Xtouch

Retailer awards

Overall UAE Retailer of the Year – Carrefour, Emax, Jumbo, Lulu, Sharaf DG

Specialist UAE Retailer of the Year – Emax, Jacky’s, Jumbo, Plug-Ins, Sharaf DG

Saudi Arabia Retailer of the Year – Carrefour, Emax, Extra, Lulu, Panda, Virgin

Bahrain Retailer of the Year – Carrefour, Geant, Lulu, Sharaf DG, Virgin

Kuwait Retailer of the Year – Alghanim (X-cite), Best United, Carrefour, Eureka, Lulu

Oman Retailer of the Year – ABT, Carrefour, Emax, Lulu, Sharaf DG

Qatar Retailer of the Year – Carrefour, Lulu, PC One, Qatar Duty Free, Sharaf DG

Egypt & Levant Retailer of the Year – Carrefour, CompuMe, Khoury Home, Radioshack, Smartbuy

Middle East E-tailer of the Year – Alshop, Crazydeals, JadoPado, Jumia, Souq, LetsTango

Distributor awards

Middle East Volume Distributor of the Year – BDL, FDC, Jumbo, Metra, Redington

Middle East Retail distributor of the Year – GCT, Grand Stores, ITE, Redington Lifestyle, Trigon

Middle East Accessories Distributor of the Year – Gadgitech, Jurassic, Lionfish, Max Electronics, Shift

“The DISTREE Events selection committee has focused this year’s nominations on companies that continue to drive the development of a strong Middle East retail channel community through their involvement in both MERA’s monthly report service and ongoing support for DISTREE Middle East,” Hemraj explained. “Companies that have not met the required standard have been excluded from the list of official nominations.”

DISTREE Middle East 2014

Channel EMEA is an official global media partner of DISTREE Events, including DISTREE Middle East.

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.

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 Middle East, plus North Africa and the CIS region.

DISTREE Middle East 2014 is scheduled to take place on May 20-22nd at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE. or more information and to secure your place at the region’s number one retail channel event, contact quoting code DME14.

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.


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