The National Retail Association (NRA) revealed the names of the 2019 Finalists for the prestigious National Retail Awards.
For the first year ever, and following a trend established in the 2018 round, entries for the Store Manager of the Year have exceeded entries for the coveted Young Retailer of the Year Award.
CEO, Dominique Lamb, said the spike in Store Manager entries shows how invested retailers are in their staff and the encouragement of innovation and growth in Australia’s retail industry.
“Retailers are starting to take note of how important a strong leader is, and investing in their team to ensure that the needs of the customer are being met at the highest level,” Ms Lamb said.
The Store Manager of the Year awards just edged out the Young Retailer of the Year Award, which is the most anticipated award with 20 finalists proceeding to next round of judging. The winner will be flown to New York to visit one of the world’s biggest retail expos, the National Retail Federation Big Show.
Young Retailer of the Year prize sponsor, National Online Retail Association Executive Director Paul Greenberg, hopes that retailers nationwide will take note of the opportunities available.
“We are deeply supportive of retail being chosen as a career. Our best and brightest young retailers are the key to harnessing technology-led, customer-centric, global retail opportunities.”
Across the board over 40 finalists have been shortlisted including:
- Social Responsibility Champion
- Customer Experience Champion
- Innovation Champion
- HR Professional of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Training Retail Executive Award
- Franchisee of the Year
- Store Manager of the Year
- Small Retailer of the Year
- Medium Retailer of the Year
- Large Retailer of the Year
- Online Retailer of the Year
In 2019 the Training Retail Executive Award was established as an extra category to recognise the efforts of trainers.
Judging will continue for the next two weeks before winners are announced at the gala dinner event on Wednesday, 4 September 2019.
The gala will take place at the luxurious Star in Sydney, preceded by a professional development and networking luncheon for Young Retailer and Store Manager of the Year finalists.