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DISTREE APAC announces vendor nominations for ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’

09-26-2014 08:12 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: DISTREE Events

Ashish Kapahi, Regional Director for DISTREE APAC

Ashish Kapahi, Regional Director for DISTREE APAC

Official vendor nominations revealed for independent APAC channel awards, based on feedback from VIP Retail Executive Committee. Live channel vote will determine overall winners by product category.

SINGAPORE, PARIS, LONDON – DISTREE Asia Pacific (APAC) 2014 will host the ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ as part of this year’s event agenda. During a Gala Dinner on the evening of Thursday October 9th at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort in Singapore, hundreds of the region’s leading channel partners will use a live electronic voting system to crown the overall champion in each product category covered.

Ashish Kapahi, Regional Director for DISTREE APAC, said: “During the last month, a VIP Retail Executive Committee of senior executives from some of the region’s leading technology and electronics retailers submitted confidential forms to determine which vendors receive official nominations for the awards.”

In total, 43 separate brands received official nominations with 11 of these named in multiple categories . The full list of nominated vendors for the ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ (in alphabetical order by category) is as follows:

• PCs: Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo
• TABLETS: Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung
• SMARTPHONE & TABLET ACCESSORIES: Belkin, Logitech, Promate, Samsung, Sprout
• PC ACCESSORIES: Belkin, HP, Logitech, Microsoft, Targus
• IMAGING: Canon, HP, Nikon, Olympus, Sony
• STORAGE: Seagate, Strontium, Toshiba, Verbatim, WD
• PRINTING: Brother, Canon, Epson, Fuji Xerox, HP
• SMARTPHONES & MOBILES: Asus, Micromax, Microsoft (Nokia), Samsung, Sony
• TVs & DISPLAYS: LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba
• GAMES & GAMES ACCESSORIES: Logitech, Microsoft, Razer, Sony, Steel Series
• HOME NETWORKING: Asus, Belkin (Linksys), D-Link, Netgear, TP-Link
• SOFTWARE: Adobe, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Symantec (Norton), Trend Micro
• AUDIO ACCESSORIES: Beats, Bose, Jabra, JBL, Logitech
• WEARABLES & CONNECTED DEVICES: Fitbit, Google, Jawbone, Samsung, Sony

“The ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ are a celebration of the ongoing success of the region’s technology and consumer electronics channel as it drives sales and increases customer reach across the region. Every nominated brand should be congratulated and recognised as a top five player in the category or categories they appear in,” added Kapahi.

The VIP Retail Executive Committee was instructed to nominate companies based on the quality and strength of their overall APAC channel engagement and business model, not just on sales volumes achieved in the region. HP, Samsung and Sony each received nominations in five separate product categories, while Asus, Logitech and Microsoft each appeared in four categories.

“These are independent neutral awards where APAC retailers, e-tailers and distributors recognise the contribution of leading brands to the development of the region’s consumer channel. Hundreds of APAC’s most influential retail and e-tail executives will attend this year’s Gala Dinner. Representatives from all the nominated brands will be invited to join them at this prestigious annual channel gathering,” concluded Kapahi.

The VIP Retail Executive Committee for the ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ included senior executives from the following retailers: Challenger, COM7, Courts, Croma, Epicentre, Harvey Norman, Infibeam, IT City, Leading Edge, Ryans IT, Sangeetha Mobiles, Silicon Valley, The Mobile Store and Wellcomm Shop.

The ‘APAC Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ will build on the success of last year’s debut in the region. Organised by DISTREE Events, these awards form part of a global series of channel awards, which also cover Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

About DISTREE Asia Pacific

DISTREE Asia Pacific is the ultimate professional networking event for senior executives from the consumer electronics, digital device and ICT products channel in the Asia Pacific region. DISTREE Asia Pacific is a focused event for channel executives based on the successful concept of bringing high-level buyers from emerging markets into productive contact with vendors. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @DISTREE_AsiaPac

About DISTREE Events

DISTREE Events specialises in the planning, organisation, staging and management of ICT & CE channel events. DISTREE Events is a Paris−based company owned by Infopro Digital. The team at DISTREE Events has successfully organised such events for the past decade, gathering more than 10,000 senior executives from 80 countries during that time. DISTREE Events spans the entire EMEA region, Asia-Pacific and Latin America with employees based in Paris, Dubai, Moscow, London, Singapore and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @DISTREE_Events

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