Celebrating the people that power retail - 2017 Individual Retailer of the Year

BY Australian Retailers Association
05 June 2017

REST_INDIVIDUAL_RETAILER_2017-01.pngPeople power retail - and the heart of the industry are passionate individuals who truly love what they do and inspire those around them. The 2017 REST Industry Super Individual Retailer of the Year is recognised as a leader within the retail sector, inspiring their peers and making a significant long-term contribution to the industry’s vibrancy and sustainability.

From the winner's circle - Jabob Purtell;


2016 winner Jacob Purtell has proven himself to be a leader in the retail sector is his role as Store Manager at Harris Scarfe Ulladulla in NSW. An innovative manager who thinks outside the box to achieve his KPIs, exemplifying what can be achieved when you embrace creativity and develop your team for outstanding results. Jacob has also taken on higher duties within the NSW area as champion of the new Harris Scarfe service model, Unexpected Service, while continuing to drive an increased sales result and positive contribution in his store. An invaluable member of the Harris Scarfe team, his commitment to uplifting and in motivating his peers and involvement in the development of tools for new employees deservedly earned him this Award.

< Jacob Purtell,  Store Manager - Harris Scarfe

Is there an unsung retail leader in your business?

Don’t let them go unnoticed! Recognise them for their contribution by making a nomination at australianretailawards.com.

Not only will have the chance of celebrating the efforts of a remarkable retailer, if you submit a nomination before June 9th you will also have the chance to win $5000!


The eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the retail industry’s largest and longest running recognition of success. This year’s Awards Breakfast will take place on August 3rd at The National Gallery of Victoria in front of over 500 guests.

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