MERA reveals vendor shortlist for 2012 awards
Samsung leads with six nominations followed by Sony with five
The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) has announced the official vendor nominations for its 2012 awards.
The awards, which are held in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East, will see hundreds of senior retail executives from across the Middle East region vote live for the overall winners across 11 product categories during a gala dinner held on 16th May 2012.
A total of 38 vendors have received official nominations for the fifth annual MERA Awards with nine of these companies appearing in multiple product categories, say organisers.
Consumer electronics vendor Samsung leads the way with six nominations, followed by Sony with five, while Canon and Microsoft have three each. HP, Toshiba, LG, Logitech and Belkin have garnered two nominations apiece.
According to the organisers, the shortlist of vendor nominations has been based on feedback data from retailers over the last 12 months.
"All nominated vendors should be proud of their achievement, which marks them out as a clear top five brand in the product categories they have been nominated for," stated Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, the organisers of DISTREE Middle East. "We collect feedback from retailers each month on their preferred brands in specific product categories. This data is used to define the vendor nominations."
The full list of nominated vendors for this year's wards per category are as follows:
PCs: Retail Vendor of the Year - Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba
Digital Lifestyle: Retail Vendor of the Year - Canon, LG, Merlin, Samsung, Sony
Accessories: Retail Vendor of the Year - Belkin, Genius, Logitech, Microsoft, Promate
Imaging: Retail Vendor of the Year - Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Samsung, Sony
Storage: Retail Vendor of the Year - Buffalo, Iomega, Sandisk, Seagate, WD
Printing: Retail Vendor of the Year - Brother, Canon, HP, Samsung, Xerox
Home Networking: Retail Vendor of the Year - Belkin, D-Link, Edimax, Linksys by Cisco, Sitecom
Gaming: Retail Vendor of the Year - Logitech, Microsoft, Nintendo, Razer, Sony
Mobile Communications: Retail Vendor of the Year - Acer, Blackberry, HTC, Nokia, Samsung
TVs: Retail Vendor of the Year - LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba
Software: Retail Vendor of the Year - Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Serif, Symantec
The MERA 2012 Awards take place in conjunction with DISTREE Middle East, the region's leading annual event for the ICT and consumer electronics retail channel, which runs from 15th to17th May in Fujairah, UAE.