Australia’s largest supplier of office and stationery products has taken out the eftpos Australian Retailers Association Retailer of the Year title. The retailer dominates the $12 billion market sector.
The awards were held at the National Gallery of Victoria where 550 guests gathered for the announcement of the winners of the 10 awards up for grabs.
ARA executive director, Russell Zimmerman said the exceptionally high standard of submissions this year was a reminder of the vibrant passion that encapsulates the retail industry. “The future prosperity of the Australian industry does not lie in the challenges, it lies in how we choose to embrace them to move retail forward,” he said.
Also speaking at the event was eftpos managing director, Bruce Mansfield, who told the audience retail is an exceptionally important industry because it impacts on everyone’s daily life.
“With the rise of international marketplaces, mobile platforms and the dynamic needs of modern shoppers, it will be extraordinary Australian retailers who continue to thrive in the shifting retail landscape,” he said.
Runners-up in the Retailer of the Year awards were Bunnings, JB Hi-Fi, Aldi and Ikea. The Realise People’s Choice Award winner was Myer with Bunnings the runner-up.
2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards Winners
eftpos Retailer of the Year
Runners Up: Dan Murphy’s, Bunnings Warehouse, JB HIFI, Aldi Australia, IKEA
eftpos Independent Retailer of the Year
Winner: The Party People
Runner Up: Nimble Activewear
Frontline Retail Employer of the Year
Winner Aldi Australia
Runner Up: Peregrine Corporation
Pronto Software Retail Disruptor of the Year
Winner: Airbnb Australia
Runner Up: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
Temando Omni-Channel Retailer of the Year
Winner: EB Games
Runner Up: Petstock
Shop-For-Shops Retail Store Fit-Out of the Year 1-5 Store
Winner: Nimble Activewear
Runner Up: LUC Homewares and Design
Shop-For-Shops Retail Store Fit-Out of the Year 6+ Store
Winner: Readings Doncaster & Readings Kids
Runner Up: Amart Furniture
Rest Industry Super Individual Retailer of the Year
Winner: Dean Salakas, The Party People
Runner Up: Kelsey Subritsky, Pandora
The Realise Group People’s Choice Award
Runner Up: Bunnings Warehouse
ARA Retail Institute Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Winner: Hill Street
FCB Group Retail HR Rising Star of the Year
Winner: Shalysse Romer, Hugo Boss
2017 ARA Retail Hall of Fame Award
Winner: Wilson Retail
This story originally appeared on Appliance Retailer.
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