The 2012 Online Retail Industry Awards finalists are announced, with some predictable results but also some surprise new entrants. The winners will be announced at the ORIA Gala Dinner on Wednesday, July 18, in Sydney.
Now in its third year, the Online Retail Industry Awards is the dedicated awards program for the Australia/New Zealand online retail industry. The awards continue to grow in stature, and the calibre of entrants has risen another level in 2012, according to Chair of the Judging Panel, Steven Noble.
“While the judges were impressed to see Australian online retailers steadily improving every aspect of their businesses, we were particularly excited to see them take to the new mobile commerce awards category with such energy,” said Noble. “The quality of the mobile commerce entries showed us how quickly Australia is adapting to the mobile realities of today and tomorrow.”
Judged by seven panelists including three international judges, the following retailers emerged in each category as finalists. Judges will continue to review and refine their scoring for the finalists using a blind scoring system, with the highest points tally in each category defining the category winner.
The winners will receive their awards at the popular Gala Awards Dinner on Wednesday July 18 during the Online Retailer Conference at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Best Multichannel Retailer
(Sponsored by Salmat)
Top 3 by Design
Best PurePlay Retailer
(Sponsored by ExactTarget)
Catch of the Day
Best New Online Retailer
George & King
The Mens Shop
Best Online Marketing Initiative
Best Customer Experience
(Sponsored by hybris)
Best Mobile Commerce
Catch of the Day
Best Site Optimisation & Design
Best Use of Technology
(Sponsored by Online Retailer)
Shoes of Prey
Most Innovative Online Retailer
(Sponsored by Macquarie Telecom)
Best Aggregation Channel
Online Shopping USA