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Finalists announced for inaugural retail awards

awardsInside Retail and Association and Communications Events have announced the finalists for the inaugural Retail Customer Excellence Awards, to be held in Melbourne in May.

The awards program was launched earlier this year and is aimed at raising the profile of Australian retail businesses that place the customer at the very core of everything they do.

“These awards shift the limelight to the people of the businesses who create lasting and memorable experiences for their customers every day,” said event manager, Catherine van der Meulen.

The awards are being adjudicated by a panel of judges comprising retail representatives from Azurium, Telstra, Australian Centre for Retail Studies, Good On You, and Inside Retail.

Categories & Finalists
Below is a list of the finalists in each of the 11 categories at the inaugural Retail Customer Excellence Awards.

The Customer Centricity Excellence Awards
This major award of the event gives retailers and organisations the opportunity to share their wins, their journey, influence and innovations in conjunction with the successful strategies that create a centralised brand value reflective of customers’ desires. It is split into two categories, Enterprise and General.

Customer Centricity Excellence Awards – Enterprise
Catch of the Day
Nike
Myer
Lush
Muffin Break

Customer Centricity Excellence Awards – General
Build-A- Bear
Adore Beauty
Appliances Online
Dharf
Stylerunner

The Instore Customer Experience Award
Recognising those who create a unique instore customer experience and a strong point of difference to competitors, through influential and innovative strategies.

Build-A-Bear
Eyeclarity
Brava Lingerie
Supercheap Auto
Kikki- K

The Online Customer Experience Award
Recognising the strategies implemented by retailers to enhance the customer’s online journey, with the navigation experience creating a seamless digital e-commerce environment.

Catch Of The Day
Kikki.K
Appliances Online
Naked Wines
Stylerunner
Birdsnest

The Omnichannel Customer Experience Award
This category takes the whole brand experience beyond the buzz word of omnichannel, towards the creation of a seamless technology-empowered system that enhances transactions and a depth of understanding through data centricity about the customer.

The Co-Op
Supercheap Auto
Institchu
Dharf
Dan Murphy’s

The Responsible Impact Excellence Award
Honouring the positive impact an organisation has made through its Corporate Social Responsibility program to create tangible results that impact people’s lives, socially, environmentally and financially.

Country Road Group
Kathmandu
Lush
Jeanswest
Hero Condoms

The Customer Excellence Team Award
All about service and the seamless integration of service across multiple channels merging the on and offline retail environments to create a superior customer experience and an authentic brand experience.

Kikki.K
Muffin Break
Rebel
Naked Wines
Stylerunner

The Loyalty Program Experience Award
This award reflects the true value that a reward program offers customers, giving tangible benefits to the growth of the business and offering activities that create longstanding, loyal customers.

Dan Murphy’s
Petbarn
Priceline
Supercheap Auto
EB Games

The Instore Theatre Experience Award
Awarding organisations that use the retail store environment to entertain, entice and create impact for a more engaging retail environment that improves the customer experience.

Dan Murphy’s
Rebel
Petbarn
Priceline

The Personalisation Excellence Award
These finalists demonstrated how they use key insights and data to create a personalised customer experience with strong attention to detail to create a memorable experience that creates strong loyalty between the customer and brand.

Build-A-Bear
Dan Murphy’s
Booodl
FIT Nutrition Fix

The Instore Technology Implementation Experience Award
Honouring companies and brands that are using instore technology as an enabler for superior and positive customer experience, from supply chain integration to optimising team performance

Glue Store
Farmers
Myer

Awards gala
The inaugural Retail Customer Excellence Awards will climax in a gala dinner and awards ceremony at The Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Wednesday May 11. Super Retail Group CEO, Peter Birtles, will give the keynote address on the night.

The event is sponsored by Gold sponsor Dashing Print; Silver sponsors Fluent Retail and Azurium; and Bronze sponsors Braintree and Brand Aroma.

Single tickets can be purchased for $200. A table of 10 is available for $1500 (at a discount of 25 per cent off the full price). More information on the inaugural awards can be found at www.retailerawards.com.au.

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