General News- Pearl of the Adriatic hosts the 2015 DEVELOP distributor summit

JOHANNESBURG – September 26, 2015 – Nestled in the Adriatic, encompassing more than a thousand islands, this year’s annual DEVELOP Distributor Summit was hosted by the Eastern European country of Croatia.  The major coastal city of Dubrovnik, with its massive 16th-century walls encircling an old town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings, welcomed delegates from DEVELOP businesses across the globe, from Australia to the United Kingdom.  The summit also played host to divisional managing director of DEVELOP South Africa, Marc Pillay, who has been responsible for evolving the DEVELOP brand since its launch in the South African market in 2009.

Held at the five star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, the event spanned two days - one full day of conference sessions and the other for sightseeing, along with evening events.

The conference sessions were dedicated to the event motto: “boost your transformance”. During the first part of the conference, delegates looked back over the year that had passed, shared developments and key market figures, and focused on upcoming products and concepts, as well as new DEVELOP marketing tools, provided to empower the attendees as they tackle the challenges of future market requirements.  Later, product specialists presented the latest products and software, with delegates getting not only a closer look but also hands-on experience on corresponding hardware and software installations.

Thirty minute breakout sessions, covering a variety of topics were also available. Given the notable year on year growth of DEVELOP South Africa, Pillay was asked to present to the delegates on customer acquisition. Looking from both the dealer and end-user perspective, he gave delegates tips, strategies, and tried-and-tested successful approaches to attract new customers.

The last part of the conference was a panel discussion looking at the workplace of tomorrow and the future of the industry as a whole.

The evening event combined a cable car ride to the top of the mountain to take in the sensational views of Dubrovnik, the Mediterranean, and Lokrum Island; followed by a tour of the Old Town, which is now a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site.

Speaking of the event, Pillay says: “This summit provided us all with valuable information to keep growing the DEVELOP brand, and further support our expanding dealer networks. DEVELOP South Africa is continuing to transform and adapt, and will continue to remain at the technological forefront of this competitive industry.”


DEVELOP South Africa, is a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd. DEVELOP is one of the leading international brands, with an operational stance of consultative business partnering. The company assesses, designs and guides throughout the implementation process and beyond, offering continued onsite technical and software management as well as the supply of spare parts and consumables.  Its primary objective is increasing productivity in the customer’s business environment.  With “dynamic balance”, DEVELOP South Africa offers clients cost effective innovation in the product area, the readiness and ability to flexibly respond to the requirements of the market and customers, and unrestricted customer satisfaction; whilst being dedicated to a fair relationship with their business partners


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