Tickets on sale now for retail industry’s most iconic awards event

BY Australian Retailers Association
14 May 2015

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the retail industry’s most prestigious awards event of the year - the 2015 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards.

The 2015 ARA Awards Breakfast, where winners of each of the eleven award categories will be announced, is scheduled for Thursday 2 July at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said entries have now closed for the 2015 ARA Awards and the judging process has begun.

“We are overwhelmed with the superb quality of this year’s entries from retailers across the country and look forward to recognising our top retail individuals and businesses at the ARA Awards Breakfast in July.

“The ARA Awards Breakfast is not only a fantastic platform for award winners to gain recognition amongst their peers and in the media, but also a great opportunity for all retailers, students, entrepreneurs and industry professionals to enjoy a morning of valuable insights and networking with some of retail’s finest.

“This year guests will enjoy words of wisdom from Jodie Fox, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of multichannel retail sensation Shoes of Prey who will be delivering the keynote address.

“With titles such as National Telstra Businesswoman of the Year under her belt, as well as regular appearances in SmartCompany's ‘Hot 30 Under 30’ list, Jodie has a wealth of knowledge to share with her retail peers. We’re confident all attendees will leave the Awards Breakfast feeling motivated to put some of Jodie’s business strategies into practise.

“The Shoes of Prey concept is a perfect example of how Australian retailers have innovated and adapted to today’s environment. Launched in 2009, Shoes of Prey was the first company to offer women the opportunity to design their own shoes online. Fast forward to today, the company boasts five offices globally with stores in both Australia and the United States. Shoes of Prey broke even within two months of its launch and hit multi-million dollar revenues within two years - a truly inspiring retail story that needs to be shared,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Tickets are on sale now at

The ARA has reserved a number of seats for media to attend the ARA Awards Breakfast. If you are interested in attending please email for more information.

ARA Awards Breakfast
When: Thursday 2 July 2015, 7.00am to 10.30am
Where: Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ticket prices:
ARA members $60 / guests $80
ARA members table of 10 $500 / guest table of 10 $700

ARA Award categories:
eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year, BDO Australian Retail Employer of the Year, The Realise Group Australian Independent Retailer of the Year, Pronto Software Australian Retail Innovator of the Year, Expr3ss! Staff Selection Software Australian Retail Graduate of the Year, NORA Australian Multichannel Retailer of the Year, FCB Australian Retail HR Rising Star of the Year, Rest Industry Super Individual Retailer of the Year, Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Retailer of the Year, Shop for Shops Australian Retail Store Fit-out of the Year and MasterCard Australian Retail Payments Leader of the Year.



For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556  E:







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