The results are in for the 2016 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards.
Grocery game changer, Aldi, has taken out the 2016 eftpos Retailer of the Year at this morning’s 2016 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards.
Aldi took home the top prize in recognition of its growth, influence and market leading policies, which have seen the supermarket chain significantly challenge the majors in its category and beyond with the implementation of innovative sales approaches.
Run annually by the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), the eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards are the nation’s longest running and most prestigious retail recognition program, rewarding and celebrating Australian retail businesses and individuals for success, innovation and growth.
This year’s breakfast event was held at the Melbourne Grand Hyatt, and along with presentation of the Awards, featured keynote speakers who have experienced incredible success in the retail industry – Jeff Allis, Co-Founder of Boost Juice and Chairman of Retail Zoo, and Daniel Flynn, Co-Founder of Thankyou, a social enterprise that empowers shoppers to play a part in ending global poverty through simple everyday purchases.
There were nine awards presented as part of the 2016 Awards. The full list of winners and runners up can be found below.
eftpos Managing Director, Bruce Mansfield, congratulated Aldi as winner of the 2016 eftpos Retailer of the Year.
“Australian retail today is not only extraordinarily competitive, but the industry is evolving at a rapid pace, with more international brands and the increasing use of technology and new channels,” Mr Mansfield said.
“eftpos congratulates Aldi on winning the eftpos Retailer of the Year, and all Award winners and runners up in 2016. It’s so important to recognise the effort and success of Australian retailers, large and small, and we are very pleased to be a supporter,” he said.
ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, echoed Mr Mansfield’s sentiments.
“This year’s Awards field was particularly tough, with not just the highest number of entries in the Awards’ 50 year history, but also the highest quality,” Mr Zimmerman said.
“Retail is Australia’s largest private sector employer, and the contribution of these businesses to our economy and future cannot be understated. These winners represent the diversity of Australian retailing and the depth of talent we have in this important industry.
“The industry grows each year, and we look forward to watching the winners of this year’s Awards as they continue to prosper. To those who were unsuccessful with their entries in 2016, we hope to see you back again next year,” Mr Zimmerman said.
The event was also particularly special for Wilson Retail, which operates the Saltwater Wine and Stormriders chains in NSW, with the business taking out the ARA Independent Retailer of the Year award for the third year running.
2016 EFTPOS ARA AUSTRALIAN RETAIL AWARDS WINNERS
eftpos Retailer of the Year
Runner up: Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
ARA Independent Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Wilson Retail (Stormriders & Saltwater Wine)
Runner up: Adreno
Shop for Shops Store Fitout of the Year 1-5 Stores
WINNER: The Sydney String Centre
Runner up: Eliza Blue Fashions
Shop for Shops Store Fitout of the Year 6+ Stores
WINNER: Specsavers Eastland
Runner up: Jeanswest Eastland
Temando Multi-Channel Retailer of the Year
WINNER: Mon Purse
Runner up: The Good Guys
Frontline Recruitment Retail Employer of the Year
WINNER: Peregrine Corporation (On The Run, Smokemart, Gift Box)
Runner up: Aldi
Rest Industry Super Retail Employee of the Year
WINNER: Jacob Purtell, Harris Scarfe
Runner up: David Lai, Fantastic Furniture
FCB Retail HR Rising Star of the Year
WINNER: Paige Willemse, Sussan Group
Pronto Software Retail Innovator of the Year
WINNER: Shoes of Prey
Runner up: Just For Pets
ARA Retail Institute Retail Graduate of the Year
WINNER: Lauren Dodman