2015 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards – ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling on all retailers to enter now for the 2015 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards.

The ARA Awards are now officially open across twelve categories and designed to celebrate success across the entire retail industry. As Australia’s first and largest national retail awards program, the ARA Awards have now celebrated Australia’s leading retailers for over 40 years.

“The ARA Awards have become something of an icon,” said ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman.

“Each year, the ARA Awards capture stories of hardworking and innovative retailers who are thriving despite daily challenges. The ARA Awards provide retailers with the valuable opportunity to showcase their business on a national stage and demonstrate just how focussed they are on their customers and the communities in which they operate.

“While business conditions remain less than ideal, 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year and it’s important for us as an industry to unite and celebrate all of the hardworking retailers across the country.

“The 2015 ARA Awards are shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, and we look forward to recognising those that are reinventing the retail industry at the Awards Breakfast ceremony on Thursday 2 July in Melbourne.

“There is an award category to suit every retailer – from our HR superstars, retail graduates and mum-and-dad owner operators, right through to those who have completed an amazing retail store fit-out or those leading the way in retail payment technologies. Of course, we’re also looking for the ‘Retailer of the Year,’ ‘Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Retail Employer of the Year’ among others. You’ve got to be in to win!” Mr Zimmerman said.

This year, the ARA Awards are again proudly supported by eftpos as the events major sponsor. eftpos Managing Director Bruce Mansfield said he hoped to see a record number of retailers enter this year’s awards and share their inspiring success stories.

“eftpos is proud to support these awards because they recognise the extraordinary work that is done by the hundreds of thousands of retailers who serve Australian communities every single day,” Mr Mansfield said.

ARA Retail Awards –  key information and dates:

WHAT: 2015 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards
Entries now open and due by Friday 8 May 2015
(Winners will be announced at the ARA Awards Breakfast in Melbourne on 2 July 2015)
Visit www.australianretailawards.com.au to view eligibility criteria and select from twelve award categories
MORE INFORMATION: Phone 1300 368 041 or email awards@retail.org.au.

ARA Award categories:

 eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year, BDO Australian Retail Employer of the Year, The Realise GroupAustralian 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.

With thanks to our sponsors:
Major event sponsor: eftpos
Category sponsors: Expr3ss! Staff Selection Software, Roy Morgan, BDO, The Realise Group, Pronto Software, NORA, FCB, Rest Industry Super, Shop for Shops and MasterCard
Major media partner: Inside Retail
Media partners: SmartCompany, Retail Biz and Crowther Blayne

Since 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has been the peak industry body representing Australia’s $265 billion retail sector, which employs over 1.2 million people. The ARA ensures retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. Visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.                                                         



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