Samsung and Sony lead the way with nominations for five separate vendor award categories, Carrefour leads the way with 11 nominations spread across eight retailer award categories


DISTREE Events, the organisers of leading Information Communications Technology events in the EMEA region, has announced the nominees for the Middle East Retail Academy (MERA): 2009 Awards after a preliminary round of voting by senior executives from the retailer and vendor community. There are a total of 22 ‘MERA: 2009 Awards’ with five nominees selected for each accolade. The final live electronic voting takes place at the ‘MERA: 2009 Awards’ Gala Dinner, held in conjunction with Digital Consumer Channel (DCC) MEA 2009 on May 20th 2009 in Fujairah, UAE.

“Each and every nominee should also be congratulated on their achievement,” said Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the awards organiser. ““The MERA Awards have set the benchmark for channel awards in the region and are an integral part of the DCC MEA experience and the live electronic voting that takes place during the Gala Dinner ensures that each and every award winner is a worthy recipient. “We look forward to meeting all of them at the MERA Awards Gala Dinner.”

Vendor categories
Over the past few weeks, an executive committee of senior retail executives has taken part in a blind vote to shortlist five nominees for each vendor award. Simultaneously, an executive panel of retail executives has undertaken a similar exercise to come up with the shortlist of nominated vendors. Samsung and Sony lead the way with nominations for five separate award categories, with HP receiving four and both Acer and LG receiving three. Apple, Belkin, Philips and WD all secured two nominations each.

Vendors were assessed on a number of criteria including channel management strategy, inventory management, margin potential, co-marketing support, merchandising, training and customer support. The confirmed nominees for the vendor awards are (in alphabetical order):

Desktop/Notebooks/Netbooks  Acer, Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba
Digital Lifestyle  Apple, Canon, Philips, Samsung, Sony
Accessories  Apple, Belkin, Microsoft, Sandisk, Targus
Peripherals & Printing  Belkin, HP, Linksys (Cisco), Samsung, WD
LCD/Plasma TVs
 LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony
Mobile Communications  HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson
Middle East Retail: Overall Vendor of the Year
 HP, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Sony
Special Achievement for Outstanding Retail Channel Development  Acer, HTC, LG, Samsung, Sony
Channel Manager of the Year
 Satya Rangadam (Acer), Wael El Chami (HP), Kiran Nair (Imation), Hamshi Ravindran (RIM-Blackberry), Khaled Wani (WD)





Retailer categories
In terms of retailers, Carrefour leads the way with 11 nominations spread across eight award categories. Jarir Bookstore, Emax, Plug-Ins, Sharaf DG, CompuMe, Electro, Extra and Al Ghanim all secured nominations in three award categories. The executive committee assessed retailers on a number of criteria including customer satisfaction, sales growth, corporate social responsibility, profitability, store experience, vendor relations, innovation and service levels. The confirmed nominees for the retailer and distributor awards are (in alphabetical order):

Hypermarket / Big Box Retailer of the Year: UAE  Carrefour, Emax, Lulu, Plug-Ins, Sharaf DG
Mall-based/Specialist Retailer of the Year: UAE  CompuMe, Jacky’s, Jumbo, Plug-Ins, Sharaf DG
Hypermarket / Big Box Retailer of the Year: Saudi Arabia  Carrefour, Electro, Extra, Jarir Bookstore, Panda
Mall-based / Specialist Retailer of the Year: Saudi Arabia  Best Electronics City, Electro, Emax, Extra, Jarir Bookstore
Retailer of the Year: Rest of Gulf     Al Ghanim, Eureka Trading, Geant Bahrain, Emax Oman, Carrefour Qatar
Retailer of the Year: Egypt & Levant
 Carrefour Egypt, CompuMe Egypt, Khoury Home, Radioshack, Smart Buy
Retail Executive of the Year: UAE  Vijit Channa (Jumbo), Mahesh Chotrani (Jacky’s), N.R. Ganeshan (Carrefour), Emad Jaddo (CompuMe), Shyam Sunder (Sharaf DG)
Retail Executive of the Year: Saudi Arabia Mohammed Azheruddin (Carrefour),
Alameh Jino (Electro), V. Manoharan (Jarir Bookstore), Wasim Murad
(Extra), Samih Al Hmoud (Panda – Savola Group)
Retail Executive of the Year: Rest of Gulf
Hakim Amar (Al Ghanim – Kuwait), Frederic Bastide (Carrefour – Qatar),
Lies Chabbi (Carrefour – Kuwait), Essam Al Hanssy (Eureka – Kuwait),
Aamir J. Khan (Emax, Oman)
Retail Executive of the Year: Egypt & Levant  Eyad Al Hasan (Carrefour, Egypt), Pamela Antaki (Antaki, Lebanon), Hady
El Zein (Beirut Duty Free, Lebanon), Wael Mohamed (Carrefour, Egypt),
Amr Shiera (CompuMe, Egypt)













The ‘MERA: 2009 Awards’ also include two awards for distributors and one for retail store concept of the year based on applications from participating companies. These applications are currently being assessed and evaluated by vendor executives. The five preferred entries receive a full nomination.

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 are 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.

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