2017's Most Remarkable Retailers: Top 20 Shortlist Announced

27 June 2017


As the industry’s pre-eminent recognition program, the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards showcase the vision, innovation and excellence of remarkable retailers. The extensive range of accolades represent the achievements of retailers large and small, and this year’s participants exceeded all expectations in terms of quality and quantity. The ARA has reimagined the 2017 selection process to determine what constitutes the ‘best in retail’ in this evolving sector - from independent owner-operators to national brands, industry disruptors, outstanding staff and exceptional store-fitouts.

The coveted 2017 Retailer of the Year Award proved to be the hardest on record to judge, with the extraordinary calibre of leading Australian retailers in the field. This meticulous process has ensured that the impartial panel of judges were well-equipped to decide the Top 20 Shortlist of Australian retailers and select the candidate most deserving of the 2017 crown.

Selecting the Finalists

The field for 2017 Retailer of the Year was comprised of a curated list of Australia’s top retailers, in addition to contenders whom entered through open submissions. The three pillars of in-depth research that informed the Top 20 Shortlist include;

SHOPPER ENGAGEMENT: Collaborating with data partners Experian, the ARA sourced retail consumer behaviour data, analysing both in-store and online engagement.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: Mystery shopping initiatives and shopper surveys by The Realise Group and Field Agent provided real-time insights into shopper experience.

RETAIL BUSINESS METRICS: Monash Business School’s ACRS Research Unit objectively evaluated Australia’s leading retailers across seven salient performance indicators.

And The Top 20 Shortlist is....

Bunnings Warehouse

Chemist Warehouse

Cotton On

Dan Murphy’s

David Jones

Big W


EB Games

Harvey Norman


JB Hi Fi

Kmart Australia




Supercheap Auto


The Good Guys

Toys ‘R’ Us


With the difficult process of judging the field remarkable Australian retailers now underway, the ARA and the broader retail industry are eagerly anticipating the decision of the expert panel.

Make sure you're there when the Retailer of the Year is announced, and the winners of the range of coveted industry awards, by attending the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards Breakfast.


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Held on the Thursday 3rd August at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Awards is an industry event not to be missed!

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Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.

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