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Tickets for the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards – Retail Morphosis are now on sale!

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said he is looking forward to this year’s Awards breakfast, which will be held on 15 August 2019 at the iconic Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne.

“The Awards are Australia’s largest and longest running national retail awards program, acknowledging retailers across the country who contribute to the vibrancy of the industry,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Our annual Awards celebrate the achievements made by influential leaders from across the nation who specialise in all aspects of retail from customer experience to technology, payments, human resources and supply chain management.”

The theme of this year’s Awards, Retail Morphosis, focuses on the progressive development of the retail sector. In recent years, the industry has undergone a revolution, becoming a highly integrated network that is evolving and changing at a rapid rate.

“The retail industry has withstood a whirlwind of change during its lifetime. From uncertain economic conditions to ever-changing consumer preferences, the sector has seen it all,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Retail Morphosis aims to revisit the foundations of Australian retail, and how it has matured into a thriving, adaptable industry, while also catching a glimpse of what’s in store for the future of retail.”

Joining Retail Morphosis is keynote speaker Amanda Stevens, who is a renowned thought leader on the topic of customer experience and the recipient of the 2018 Keynote Speaker of the Year Award.

“We are honoured to welcome Amanda Stevens into Retail Morphosis. Recognised as one of the most dynamic speakers in Australia, Amanda delivers practical strategies that are designed to assist retailers in understanding current retail trends and consumer purchasing behaviour,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Another welcome feature of this year’s Awards is Steve Plarre, CEO Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses and esteemed ARA council member who will officiate as Master of Ceremonies (MC).

“It is an absolute privilege to have Steve as this year’s MC. Not only is he a successful and respected retailer, he is also a charismatic entertainer who last year received a standing ovation from the crowd.”

With 12 awards for the taking, the ARA has received a high volume of nominations from small, medium and large retailers from across the country already submitting their entries and strongly advise all Australian retailers to complete their submissions before Friday 17th May 2019.

“The ARA has already received many submissions across our three main awards categories, from Customer Experience to People in Retail and Retailer of the Year,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“As the Awards are just a few short months away, we encourage our retailers to submit an entry and join us at the symbolic Myer Mural Hall to be recognised as a true leader in the retail sector.”

The 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards will be held on Thursday 15 August 2019 at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne. Visit and secure your tickets today.

The ARA encourages retailers of all sizes to submit an entry, nominate an influential leader or employee before Friday 17 May 2019. Nominations are free and can be made through our 2019 eftpos ARA Awards Registration Form. To secure your spot at the 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards and buy your tickets please visit, 2019 eftpos ARA Retail Awards

ENDS…for interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman, or for more information, please call Zoe Thompson on 0439 612 556 or email

Monday May 6 2019

About the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards:

First held in the 1970s, the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail event, recognising and rewarding outstanding retail businesses, innovations, and individuals across all sectors of retail. Relaunched in 2008, the annual 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast will commence on Thursday 15 August at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne. To secure your seat for the 2019 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards buy tickets here.

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association, representing the country’s $320 billion sector, which employs more than 1.3 million people. As Australia’s leading retail peak industry body, the ARA is a strong pro-active advocate for Australian retail and works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,800 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit or call 1300 368 041.

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