Polaroid expands MENA presence at GITEX Shopper 2013

GITEX News

Polaroid, the 75-year-old brand synonymous with instant imaging, sharing and fun, is expanding its official presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market at a press conference this morning during this year’s GITEX Shopper, the largest and most influential consumer IT and electronics sales extravaganza in the Middle East, which runs from October 5 to October 12, 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

During the press conference, Polaroid named Emerio Technology JLT, as an authorized licensee for the Middle East, Gulf, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan regions. Emerio Technology JLT will be working with ‘tecbuy,’ a leading retail management enabler, and Jeetek, their authorized distributor covering the GCC region and TPC to bring the fun and user friendly Polaroid products to Egypt consumers.

During GITEX Shopper 2013, the latest Polaroid offerings such as internet tablets, mobile phones, televisions, digital cameras and instant cameras are being showcased. The Polaroid S series of 8-inch and 10-inch tablets are powered by the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and offer access to Google Play, a super-fast engine, High Definition (HD) displays and Bluetooth, WiFi, USB and OTG connectivity.

“Throughout our 75 year history, Polaroid has continued to introduce new technologies and innovations in the field of photography and consumer electronics and we are continuing to expand our presence globally, with the help of our world class licensees.  Here in the Middle East, we are excited to partner with Emerio Technology JLT,” said Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “Consumers everywhere should experience the magic of Instant cameras, easy to use tablets, TVs, and our full range of other products, which demonstrate our continued commitment to creating consumer electronic products that are not only world class in quality but also suit every imaginable budget.”

“Polaroid products are taking centre stage at this year’s GITEX Shopper–living up to its reputation as a global brand icon. The official entry of the Polaroid brand into the MENA market reflects the vibrancy of the consumer electronics segment and allows for more choices for the end user. Shoppers at GITEX are thrilled with the wide range of Polaroid tablets, cameras, printers and TVs that are being offered,” said Amr Sheira, Managing Director, Emerio Technology JLT.

In addition to the S series tablet, a new range of Polaroid televisions such as the 40-inch and the 34-inch are being showcased as well as a new range of Polaroid digital cameras. The cameras include the Polaroid Z2300, Instant Digital Camera with Zink (Zero Ink) technology and its mountable high definition sports camera models, the Polaroid S100 and the Polaroid S20. All of the Polaroid products will be available at the tecbuy’s stand at the Gitex Shopper Sheikh Saeed Hall, stand numbers SS1- 20 & SS1-21.

“We are excited to be at this year’s GITEX Shopper, which marks our 26th year of participation at the annual consumer computer electronics trade show. What makes our presence at GITEX Shopper more memorable this year is our role in launching the Polaroid brand in the MENA region. During the four day event, we are introducing these dynamic new Polaroid offerings and we invite everyone to come visit our booth and witness the many surprises that we are offering to our consumers,” concluded Dikran Tchablakian, Chairman, Emerio Technology JLT.

“Egypt’s consumer electronics segment is booming, as spending on consumer electronics is expected to increase by 10 percent this year. It’s a vibrant market out there with consumers now having access to more choices and alternatives. We welcome Polaroid to the MENA region and we look forward to marketing their product line across our region,” said Khaled Ibrahim, CEO, Emerio Technology JLT.

Consumers not able to attend the Gitex shopper can find all the Polaroid products at Virgin Megastore branches, Carrefour Market outlets, Emax, Jumbo and soon across all major retailers.

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