Recognising Remarkable RetailersBY Australian Retailers Association
The ARA is proud to announce the launch of the industry’s pre-eminent awards program, The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards. The prestigious event serves as a national stage to recognise the leaders and disruptors in the retail space, celebrating their contribution to moving retail forward. Employing 10 percent of the working population, retail is a vital part of the Australian economy and passionate retailers are at the heart of this pivotal and prosperous industry. The purpose of the awards is to showcase the vision, innovation and excellence of the best of Australian Retail, and if last year’s awards are anything to go by – it’s a retail event that is not to be missed.
This year’s program encompasses a range of awards representing the breadth of achievement and talent in the ever-changing retail landscape. The awards span twelve categories reflecting the diversity of Australian retail – from independent owner-operators, to national brands, industry innovators, outstanding staff and exceptional store-fitouts. Proud to acknowledge these deserving retailers at this nationally publicised event, the Australian Retailers Association is predicting the 2017 award entrants to exceed all expectations in terms of quality and quantity.
The coveted 2017 Retailer of the Year Award is set to be one of hardest on record to judge, with the extraordinary calibre of leading Australian retailers in the field. As the peak retail industry body, the ARA has this year reimagined the selection process and worked with distinguished industry experts to determine what constitutes the ‘best in retail’ in this evolving sector. The bespoke adjudication matrix considers several essential factors including; company culture, fiscal performance, corporate responsibility, marketing initiatives and customer engagement strategies. Coupled with mystery shopping initiatives and field agency surveys, the impartial panel of judges will be well-equipped to make the difficult decision of deciding the retailer deserving of the 2017 crown.
Alongside the presentation of the Awards, attendees will enjoy industry insights from inspiring guest speakers and valuable industry sponsors alike. At this stage the speakers are being kept under wraps, but we can confirm that these industry experts will be sharing their profound advice and lessons learned from their incredible success in retail. The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards Breakfast is also an opportunity for Australian retailers to come together to celebrate the success of their peers, network, and learn from other’s experience.
The ARA is calling on Australian retailers to put themselves forward and join the running to be recognised by their peers and the broader retail industry, with Awards entries to officially open.
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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Australian Retailers Association
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.