Live voting selects Danew and Discgear in Product Design category; Wellbas and Vuzix secure most votes for Product Innovation

Wellbas’ innovative product, HiSAVER, secured 20% of distributor votes to win the Product Innovation category during DISTREE XXL 2009’s ‘60 Seconds to Convince’ Awards programme. The programme allows select vendors to present the highlights of its special products within 60 seconds to convince attending distributors to vote for their product. Distributors use live voting devices to vote for their favourite product.

“While the programme is very popular and entertaining, there is a serious side to it,” said Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the organiser of DISTREE XXL 2009. “The products selected for the two categories – Product Innovation and Product Design – are vetted to make sure they fit the right criteria for each category.”

2009 saw more than 30 vendors participate in the awards programme. Korean vendor Wellbas won the Product Innovation category with its HiSAVER power strip outlet, which manages and reduces power by turning off stand-by power for select devices through a motion sensor device. Vuzix came a close second with 18% of the votes cast.
In the Product Design category, Danew won with 26% of the votes followed by Discgear with 24%.

DISTREE XXL 2009, the premier technology distribution event for the EMEA region, attracts distributors from across EMEA, including delegates from emerging markets such as the Middle East, Africa, Russia & CIS. The event serves vendors that are new to the region as well as those looking to expand or deepen their distribution reach. Scheduled to run through to February 12th, the event is in its seventh year and covers the entire EMEA region.

The DISTREE XXL format includes pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between vendors and distributors, conference sessions, workshops and networking opportunities.
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