TAIT - On TOP Again
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 The Traders Association of IT has done it again. For the third time this association from Mumbai has emerged as the most favored channel association as per a survey conducted by IDC India, which was commissioned by DQ Channels.

Pune's Computers and Media Dealers Association (CMDA) came in second, which is a whopping jump from its last year position at #9. In fact it has been the highest mover amongst all other associations in the survey this year. This is one association, which won for its regular activities for improving the lot of its members, in terms of their business and quality of personal life as well.

The third winner was a surprise package. It was the Nagpur-based Vidharbha Computer Manufacturers & Dealers Welfare Association (VCMDWA), which till last year was at #8.

The toppers
TAIT managed to bag the envious #1 position because of its highly satisfied members, who gave good feedback about the activities conducted by the association. It has actively helped its members by organizing seminars on issues that affected its members most. These includes managing the margin crisis, handling the octroi issues as well as measures to combat the threat from large format retailers (LFR).

TAIT, which was established in 1996, has a total of  380 members of which 250 are active. It has 10 office bearers who are full time employee. Last year the association bought an office for conducting its affairs with a separate conference room that could be rented out to its members.

TAIT, which represents around 2,200 partners in Mumbai holds monthly meetings and organized eight events last year. Three of these were seminars, held in conjunction with vendors, to improve the skillsets of
its members. Last year the association also held an exposition-COM IT-where it saw a visitor footfall of two lakh.

Pune's CMDA has been repeatedly in the news the whole of last year for all the activities it has been undertaking. Its ranking in the DQ Channels Channel Association survey significantly increased as the association was very effective in resolving its members issues related to octroi problem. In several cases it has been successful in bringing about internal arbitration between members as well as with vendors.

CMDA also decided that rather than merely talking about the LFR threats it would set up an IT Mall to counter it. It signed up with DSK Developers and is currently finalizing the appropriate property. The association is also the first in the country to have an ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Established in 1989, CMDA has increased its member base from 175 in 2003 to 350 currently, of which 150 members are active. It has six members on its executive council and employs three full time employees. The body has 45 meetings annually, which comes to one meeting a week. Its annual expo saw one lakh visitors and business worth Rs 20 lakh was generated at the event.

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