Australia’s top retailers were crowned at the Australian Retailers Association’s (ARA) 2017 eftpos Australian Retail Awards, with Officeworks taking out the coveted eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year title.
In an exceptional field of remarkable retailers, Officeworks have grown into Australia’s largest supplier of office and stationery products. As a true category-killer, this outstanding retailer has climbed to the pinnacle of the industry, dominating the $12 billion market sector.
With this prestigious award being the hardest on record to judge, the ARA reimagined the 2017 selection process to ensure this year’s methodology was not only credible but intellectually sound.
Russell Zimmerman, ARA Executive Director, said the unique process included three pillars of in-depth research to determine the 2017 Retailer of the Year Award.
“As the retail industry’s peak representative body, it is important that we recognise and celebrate these remarkable retailers’ success on the national stage that is the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards,” said Zimmerman.
“The exceptionally high standard of submissions we received this year was a profound reminder of the vibrant passion that encapsulates the retail industry.”
“With the rise of international marketplaces, mobile platforms and the dynamic needs of modern shoppers, it will be extraordinary Australian retailers who continue to thrive in the shifting retail landscape,” added eftpos managing director, Bruce Mansfield.
This year’s breakfast event was held at the National Gallery of Victoria where Radek Sali of Swisse also entertained the 550 guests by sharing his retail success as keynote speaker.
With 10 awards up for grabs at the Awards breakfast, the 2017 winners stood out from the retail crowd in each of their categories.
Zimmerman said the overarching lesson from this year’s winners is both profound and powerful as the high standard of submissions and the quality of entries to the 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards proved the retail sector’s strength and resilience.
“The future prosperity of the Australian industry doesn’t lie in the challenges themselves, it lies in how we choose to embrace them to move retail forward.”
2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards Winners
eftpos Retailer of the Year
eftpos Independent Retailer of the Year
Winner: The Party People
Runner up: Nimble Activewear
Frontline Retail Employer of the Year
Winner: ALDI Australia
Runner up: Peregrine Corporation
Pronto Software Retail Disruptor of the Year
Winner: Airbnb Australia
Runner up: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar
Temando Omni-channel Retailer of the Year
Winner: EB Games
Runner up: PETstock
Shop-for-Shops Retail Store Fit-out of the Year 1-5 Store
Winner: Nimble Activewear
Runner up: LUC Homewares and Design
Shop-for-Shops Retail Store Fit-out of the Year 6+ Store
Winner: Readings Doncaster & Readings Kids
Runner up: Amart Furniture
REST Industry Super Individual Retailer of the Year
Winner: Dean Salakas – The Party People
Runners up: Kelsey Subritsky, Pandora
The Realise Group People’s Choice Award
Runner up: Bunnings Warehouse
ARA Retail Institute Corporate Social Responsibility Award
Winner: Hill Street
FCB Group Retail HR Rising Star of the Year
Winner: Shalysse Romer – Hugo Boss
2017 ARA Retail Hall of Fame Award
Winner: Wilson Retail