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Aussies lead the charge at World Retail Awards

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Supercheap Auto’s concept store made the cut

A host of Aussie retailers have made the shortlist of the 2018 World Retail Awards.

Eco retailer, Biome and Cotton On have been recognised as finalists for the Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year, competing with the likes of The Body Shop (United Kingdom) and Coop Switzerland (Switzerland).

“We’ve proven that you don’t have to be big to make an impact, just innovative and brave,” said Biome founder Tracey Bailey.

After 14 years of asking companies to declare palm oil on their packaging or not use palm, Bailey decided to take action and make Biome a store entirely free from palm oil grown on plantations where orangutans and other wildlife are harmed.

Wine e-tailer Vinomofo was shortlisted for the Retail Transformation and Reinvention award, coming off the back of its first year in the Singaporean market, where is has now sold over 150,000 bottles of wine.

Supercheap Auto and Suncorp Australia were shortlised for oustanding store design while Modibodi was shortlisted for the Retail Startup of the year award.

The World Retail Award winners will be announced on 19 April 2018.

Full List below:

2018’s Outstanding Store Design <1200sqm

  • Daniel Wellington with Code Concept
  • Dixons Travel – Terminal 3 Heathrow (London, UK)
  • ECOALF- A Sustainable Lifestyle Experience (Berlin)
  • Juventus Innovative Retail Concept (Turin, Italy)
  • L’OCCITANE en Provence Yorkdale Flagship Boutique (Toronto, Canada)
  • Suncorp Discovery Store (Sydney, Australia)
  • The Arçelik Experience Store
  • Tommy Hilfiger Store-of-the-Future (UK)

2018’s Outstanding Store Design >1200sqm

  • AE Studio – American Eagle with Checkland Kindleysides (New York, USA)
  • BEYMEN SUADIYE 481 with HMKM (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Bloomingdale’s Kuwait
  • Construction trading house “Petrovich” (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • Hagkaup Smaralind with M Worldwide (Reykjavik, Iceland)
  • Marie’s Baby Circle with Dalziel & Pow (Starfield Goyang, South Korea)
  • Missguided Bluewater with Dalziel & Pow (UK)
  • Robinsons Department Store (Dubai, UAE)
  • REWE Im Weitlingkiez (Berlin, Germany)
  • Supercheap Auto – Customer Experience Centre (Sydney Australia)

BiomeEcoStores-IndooroopillyStoreSocial Media Campaign of the Year

  • #RYUOneMoreRep – RYU Apparel (Canada)
  • Fashion bonding social experiment – Max Fashion (UAE)
  • SPAR India #SeasonofJoy campaign (India)
  • Spend It Well | Make It Matter Day – Marks & Spencer (UK)
  • TOMMYNOW “ROCKCIRCUS” – Fall 2017 – Tommy Hilfiger (USA)
  • TOUS Insta (Tender) Story campaign (Spain)
  • ‘You Shall … Find your Fairytale Christmas’ Campaign – Debenhams (UK)

The World’s Best Retail Employer

  • Carrefour Spain
  • The Co-Operative (UK)
  • Cotton On Group
  • Oliver Bonas
  • Screwfix
  • Tommy Hilfiger

Retail Start-Up of the Year

  • ABOUT YOU (Germany)
  • Allbirds (USA)
  • Away (USA)
  • Dress in the City (France)
  • Modibodi (Australia)
  • Pompeii (Spain)
  • RYU Apparel (Canada)
  • Society Nine (USA)

Responsible Retailer Initiative of the Year

  • Palm Oil Free Champions – Biome Eco Stores (Australia)
  • Naturaplan – Natural. Right. Good – Coop (Switzerland)
  • Kwale Cotton – Cotton On Group (Australia)
  • The Future of Sustainable Fashion – ECOALF (Spain)
  • Making sustainable homes a reality for customers – Kingfisher (UK)
  • Enrich Not Exploit™ – The Body Shop (UK)
  • Transformar.te Project – Sonae MC (Portugal)

CottonOnThe Retail Technology Gamechanger – sponsored by Google

  • Avery Dennison: RFID and the Impact of Digital Emotional Intelligence (DEQ)
  • Catchoom: AI meets eCommerce: Product Tagging and Visual Recommendations
  • Go Instore: Bringing digital retail experiences to life
  • Ksubaka
  • MishiPay: Scan, Pay, Leave – The “Queueless” future of in-store retail
  • OneMarket – Reshaping The Way The World Shops
  • Spoon Guru: Tailored food search
  • Yoobic: Achieving Retail Excellence through in-store execution and compliance

Retail Brand Collaboration of the Year

  • Away: Edition Rashida Jones (Away)
  • CR7 – the best offence meets the best defence (PanzerGlass and Cristiano Ronaldo – CR7)
  • Harry Potter at Primark
  • M&S Presents Paddington & The Christmas Visitor (Marks & Spencer)
  • UK Exclusive: Fenty Beauty retail launch partnership (Harvey Nichols & Kendo Brands)

Best Customer Experience Initiative – Retailers

  • Bar Meraviglia by Sanpellegrino Fruit Beverages (Italy)
  • Beauty Lounge: A modern grooming parlour – Harvey Nichols (UK)
  • Dear India by Level Shoes (UAE)
  • FICO Eataly World (Italy)
  • Fit & Style Studio – Marks and Spencer (UK)
  • L’OCCITANE en Provence Yorkdale Flagship Boutique (Canada)
  • LOTTE – Cognitive Shopping Advisor – LOTTE Department Store (South Korea)
  • Lynk & Co Space – Lynk + Co (China)
  • Marks and Spencer with Honeywell Dolphin 75e (UK)
  • Shell Tampines Avenue 2 Station – Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (Singapore)
  • Spoon Guru and Tesco pair up to provide personalised search and tailored food choices to customers (UK)

Best Customer Experience Initiative – Mall Owners

  • CityWalk Immersive Experience – Float4  (Dubai, UAE)
  • Dubai Shopping Festival 2017 SHOP.POP.WIN – Dubai Festival City Mall (Dubai, UAE)
  • “National Thank You Day” Campaign – SM Supermalls (Philippines)
  • Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by The Void & ILMxLAB at Westfield London (London, UK)
  • Suzhou Center Mall – West Jinji Lake CBD, Industrial Park (Suzhou, China)
  • The Great Virtual Escape Campaign (A Virtual World beyond Imagination) – City Centre Deira Malls (UAE and Bahrain)
  • The Mall at Wellington Green – Starwood Retail Partners Live 360° (Florida, USA)

Retail Transformation and Reinvention Award – sponsored by Google

  • Coop Norge (Norway)
  • Grupo Cortefiel (Spain)
  • Hoff (Russia)
  • Pick N Pay (South Africa)
  • Suncorp Discovery Store – Suncorp Group (Australia)
  • Turkcell (Turkey)
  • Vinomofo
  • Virgin Megastore

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