Aussies shortlisted for 2016 World Retail Awards

world retail awardsA number of Australian retailers will be recognised on the global stage next month as finalists in the 2016 World Retail Awards.

Myer, The Good Guys, Shoes of Prey, Kikki K and Stylerunner have all been shortlisted for the awards, which will be handed out at a gala dinner in Dubai on April 14 2016, the closing day of the World Retail Congress.

Department store, Myer, is nominated for Best Seasonal Advertising campaign, for its “Where Christmas comes for Christmas” campaign.

“Myer is thrilled to be recognised as a finalist alongside world-class international retailers like Macy’s and John Lewis who are renowned for their clever and creative Christmas campaigns,” said Daniel Bracken, Myer chief merchandise & marketing officer, deputy CEO.

“We’re proud to be part of an Australian Christmas tradition and our 2015 Christmas Campaign showcases this from the iconic Myer Melbourne Christmas windows to our personalised Giftorium experience and animated Christmas TVC.”

The Good Guys
The Good Guys are nominated in the Responsible Retailer of the Year category, up against Aldi, Lush and David Jones’ parent company, Woolworths Holdings.

“We’re truly honoured to have been recognised in the World Retail Awards 2016 as a finalist in the Responsible Retailer of the Year category,” said The Good Guys Chairman, Andrew Muir.

“The program for which we have been made a finalist in the World Retail Awards 2016 is our Super Hero Academy; an innovative program we launched in 2015 designed to help improve the mental and physical wellbeing of primary school aged children by empowering them to discover their inner super hero strengths and capabilities.”

Launched in September, The Good Guys Super Hero Academy has visited four states, delivered 118 workshops and 240 hours of super hero fun to 4190 children.

“To us, being a responsible retailer goes far beyond the traditional meaning of the words. It is more than just a matter of corporate social responsibility – it has been part of the company’s DNA since 1952 and is an integral part of what it means to be a Good Guy,” said Muir.

The Good Guys
The Good Guys Super Hero Academy in action.

Shoes of Prey
US-based Aussie start-up, Shoes of Prey, is a finalist in the Rodney Fitch Award for Innovation and Creativity category.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for the Rodney Fitch Award for Innovation and Creativity category in the World Retail Awards,” said co-founder Jodie Fox. “It really reaffirms why we do what we do, delivering a whole new shopping experience to women all around the world, and we’re incredibly proud to be named amongst other iconic brands who are changing the way we think about retail.

“Our rapid expansion and growth has been because we listen to the needs of our customers. We understand that retail is changing. Customisation is the new big thing and people are more conscious about the wastage that mass production can lead to. By creating exactly what they want, we are helping to change the idea that retail has to be a one size fits all concept and putting the power back into the shopper’s hands.”

Shoes of Prey, Nordstrom store opening

Pureplay activewear retailer Styelrunner, which was founded in 2012 by Julie Stevanja is nominated for Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year.

Stevanja said she her initial reaction to being nominated was a combination of excitement, disbelief and joy.

“It’s not often your business gets recognised in a forum among the world’s best retailers, so I feel incredibly honoured to receive a nomination for the Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year award,” Stevanja said.

“Every year, the World Retail Congress brings together leaders from the world’s best brands – from Tommy Hilfiger to LVMH, and the World Retail Awards are the Oscars of retail.

“Entering the awards has put us on a global stage with these brands, and this category in particular is a nod to the retailers of the future which is incredibly exciting and inspiring for us.”

Kikki K
Stationery and homewares retailer, Kikki K, is nominated for Store Design of The Year. The business has already picked up a number of design awards for its retail spaces including at the 2016 Retail Design Institute International Awards and its Chadstone store was named by WGSN as one of the World’s Top 10 Retail Lifestyle Stores.

The shortlist will now be handed over to the Grand Jury, who will meet to discuss and debate the shortlists and choose the winners before the Congress begins on April 12.

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