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Himalayan Expo'93

     

Himalayan Expo '93

 

Published in CORE Jan-Feb, 1994

 

HIMALAYAN EXPO.’93 was a big event for the business community of Nepal. There was a noticeable presence of computer vendors of Kathmandu at the Expo. CORE magazine surveyed among those vendors who took part in the Expo about their perception.

 

The first question was what they had displayed at the Expo.

 

BELTRONIX:

Entire range of UPS from Best Power Technology USA, Victron UPS from Netherlands, Fax auton switch made by Beltronix, Emerging light system made by Beltronix, UPS made by Beltronix.

 

CAS TRADING HOUSE PVT. LTD:

Computers, Computer accessories and softwares.

 

CSIT PVT. LTD:

Sherry, Multimedia machines & 486 servers with v. Local bus.

DINA INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER ENTERPRISE:
Microsoft Computers software (from USA)

 

EAST COMPUTER PVT. LTD:

Computers, Multimedia products, LANtastic networking, softwares systems.

 

INNOVATIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS:

Apple computer, Peripherals, C laser writer, CD, etc.

 

MIPS PVT. LTD.:

Apple products: Color classic, LC III, Centris, CD rom, 600 DPI/ photo grade LW printer

 

MULTISYS PVT. LTD:

All NEC C & C Products: NEC power mate server, NEC power mate / mage server desktops, NEC P3300/ 6300 DOT Matrix printers, NEC silent writer laser, 3FG, 4FG, 5FGE, SVGA color Monitors Ultra lite verie color & mono chrome notebooks, CD Romes, Key telephone systems.

 

PACIFIC OFFICE AUTOMATION:

Laser PC partner, Star, the computer printers, Sendon, UPS, Hewlett packard-vectra, Laserjet 4L

 

SELF ELECTRONIC:

UPS, Fax UPS, Electronic power generator, Power protective devices, EPABX system Computers electronic ballart,

Emergency light etc.

 

SIGMA COMPUTERS:

AST 2 Opera (scan)

 

SPECTRUM COMPUTERS:

Software and Computers.

 

SPIN INTERNATIONAL:

Tatung computers, Monitors, Notebook, Workstation, Globe electronic fire and security alarm system

 

UNLIMITED SOFTWARE (NEPAL):

Computer Software

 

When asked about the percentage of business visitors turnover among the total visitors at their stall, 6 companies said less than 10%, 5 companies said between 10 to 50 % were business visitors, 2 companies said between 50 to 80% and one said all were business visitors.

 

Only DINA International, Spectrum Computers & Unlimited software (Nepal) had made some sales from their stalls.

 

The following were the special offers offered at the Expo stall.

BELTRONIX

Offered discount coupon

CAS TRADING HOUSE PVT. LTD.

10% discount in every computer, they had displayed

CSIT PVT. LTD.

5% discount and free mouse

DINA INTERNATIONAL   COMPUTER ENTERPRISE 

some hardware free, discount 15 – 30%

EAST COMPUTER PVT. LTD 

5 – 8% discount in computer hardware

INNOVATIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Demo of Devanagari spelling check.

MIPS PVT. LTD.

Free: Lotus 1-2-3 for Macintosh, WordPerfect for Macintosh & PC exchange for Macintosh, if anybody bought LC III

SIGMA COMPUTERS

10 % discount or CD, media etc 

SPECTRUM COMPUTERS

Discount offered

SPINS INTERNATIONAL

12% discount during Expo purchase, Prizes for lucky visitors such as Spins  Windows, Nepali fonts, Free servicing discount cards sun, visors, bags etc

UNLIMITED SOFTWARE (NEPAL)

10 % discount on the booth cost

 

Nine companies rated the Expo management as fair and five companies as good; none had rated as poor or excellent.

 

“Was it worth spending?” was the sixth question.

 

BELTRONIX:

No immediate results but may be helpful in long run.

 

CAS:

Since advertisement is the inevitable media for any kind of business, it was a sort of compulsion and after all our spending was worthful.

 

CSIT:

Yes, , being a new company, for promotional  purpose this year, the spending ws worthful.

 

DINA INT’L COMPUTER ENTERPRISES:

Yes, however it depends on the response.

 

EAST COMPUTER (P.) LTD.:

Yes.

 

INNOVATIVE COMPUTER SYSTEMS:

Yes.

 

MIPS PVT. LTD.:

Yes.

 

MULTISYS PVT. LTD.:

Expense just for expense save?  No significant worth.

 

PACIFIC OFFICE AUTOMATION:

God knows.

 

SIGMA COMPUTERS:

Not if organized in the present format.

 

SPINS INTERNATINAL:

Can not tell now, will have to wait a few months for queries.

 

UNILIMITED SOFTWARE (NEAPL):

Yes for publicity & goodwill and no for direct returns.

 

Four companies will definitely participate in the next year’s Expo and ten companies are uncertain about their participation. But one company, Spins International will not participate if organized in the same venue at the proposed time.

Some of the comments were as follows,

 

CAS TRADING HOUSE PVT. LTD.:

Hope the management will be better in coming years and the Expo will gain more popularity.

 

DINA INTERNATINAL COMPUTER ENTERPRISES:

Should focus on one specialized product only .like computer & software or communication only.

 

EAST COMPUTERS PVT. LTD.:

House of Rajkarnikar has to take care of electricity problem in the next Himalayan Expo ‘ 94. This time it was horrible.

 

SPECTRUM COMPUTERS:

The Expo scheduling was on a wrong date planning, as most of customers were looking forward to Dussuera holidays and business could be generated only after holidays.

 

SPINS INTERNATIONAL:

Still need to educate general public & users the essence of Expo in Nepal.

 

UNILIMITED SOFTWARE (NEPAL):

A specialized exposition on each business category could be organized to get a more focussed audience.

 

In conclusion most of the vendors had positive attitude towards the Expo, but the immediate result from the participation is not visible. Hope next Expo will be more successful and business generation.

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