Company News • 24.07.2014

World Retail Congress unveils 2014 industry award finalists

World Retail Congress unveils 2014 industry award finalists...
Source: i2i Events Group

The World Retail Congress has revealed the list of retailers shortlisted as finalists for the 2014 World Retail Awards. Now in their eighth year, the World Retail Awards are recognised as a showcase for ‘retail excellence’.

The awards attract entries from hundreds of retailers from over 50 countries across the world, allowing many international and regional retailers to demonstrate their expertise and innovative approach across a broad range of segments of the retail industry. The teams of expert judges have now selected the retailers they believe are the most outstanding and worthy of a place in the final.

Once again the shortlisted finalists have been drawn from an extremely high standard of entry. The final entries will all be reviewed on the 28th of September, the day before the Congress begins, when the Grand Jury, made up of 16 senior retail leaders, will convene in Paris to select the winners. All the winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner taking place at Salle Wagram, Paris on Tuesday 30th of September. The shortlist includes for the first time, retailers from Albania and Singapore.

This year’s judges include: Bernie Brookes, CEO, Myer Ltd; Andrew Jennings, Non-Executive Director, Ted Baker; Paul Charron, Chairman, Campbell Soup Company; Bijou Kurien, Strategic Advisor, L Captial (Asia); Rick Darling, Executive Director, Government & Public Affairs, Li & Fung US; Richard Simonin, Executive Chairman, Limoni Group; plus numerous other high profile figures from the retail industry.

“Once again, we are astounded at the calibre and number of entries to the awards. All the categories attracted an exceptionally high standard of entries from retailers across the globe,” says World Retail Congress Chairman, Ian McGarrigle. “And in testament to the global reach of the World Retail Congress and these awards, I am particularly delighted to see an even greater number of entries from many more emerging markets, including retailers from countries such as Nigeria, Albania, India, China and Turkey. The finalists are all fantastic representatives for the international retail industry and how retailers continue to adapt and innovate in an increasingly challenging environment. We thank everyone for their entries and look forward to hearing the Grand Jury’s final decisions on the 30th of September.”

THE 2014 WORLD RETAIL AWARD FINALISTS

CSR INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Gome “Change tomorrow in seven days”
  • JUMIA “1 Child 1 Book”
  • Kingfisher “Net Positive - Going beyond minimising negative impact to have a positive one”
  • Lotte Shopping “Good Money for keeping the earth, 'Ecomoney Project'”
  • Megatek “The Professional Olympic Skills of Albania”
  • Migros “Generation M - further development”
  • Woolworths SA “The Good Business Journey”
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR
  • Sponsored by JDA
  • Appliances Online
  • Carrefour Villeneuve la Garenne Store
  • Harris+Hoole
  • Harvey Nichols - Harveynichols.com
  • Lidl - Dill Restaurant
  • Macrocenter "The Land of More"
  • Sonae - Continente App

GROWTH MARKET RETAILER OF THE YEAR

  • Azizia Panda United, Saudi Arabia
  • BİM, Turkey
  • BreadTalk, China
  • Karaca, Turkey
  • Kazar Footwear, Poland
  • Max Fashions, United Arab Emirates
  • O Boticário, Brazil

OMNICHANNEL RETAILER OF THE YEAR -Sponsored by TCC

  • The Entertainer
  • Godrej Interio
  • Gome
  • John Lewis
  • Mudo
  • TeknoSA
  • Tesco

PURE PLAY ONLINE RETAILER OF THE YEAR

  • AppliancesOnline.com.au
  • vente-privee.com
  • catchoftheday.com.au
  • Dafiti
  • navabi
  • AO.com
  • Made.com

RETAIL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

  • Canadian Tire Corporation “We All Play For Canada” (North Strategic)
  • FairPrice Finest “Finest Festival Campaign 2013” (HavasWorldwide)
  • John Lewis “The Bear & the Hare” (Adam & Eve)
  • Magasin “The one - but not the only one”
  • Marks & Spencer “Leading Ladies” (RKCR / Y&R)
  • Sainsbury's “Christmas in a Day” (AMVBBDO)
  • Sport Chek “#WhatItTakes” (Sid Lee)

STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR < 1200sqm

  • Argos, Old Street, London (Dalziel & Pow)
  • The Arvind Store, Ahmedebad (Fitch)
  • Clearly Store, Sydney (The General Store)
  • Duke Street Emporium, Jigsaw Group, London (Dalziel and Pow)
  • Mudo Marina, Bodrum
  • Verizon Destination Store, Mall of America, (AKQA)

STORE DESIGN OF THE YEAR> 1200sqm

  • Breuninger Ko-Bogen, Düsseldorf (HMKM)
  • Galeries Lafayette Beijing (HMKM)
  • The Galleria Department Store, Seoul (Burdifilek)
  • Garhammer Fashion House, Waldkirchen (Blocher Blocher Partners)
  • New Look Retailers, Beijing Glory Mall
  • Winning Appliances Flagship Redfern Showroom, Sydney

BEST NEW RETAIL CONCEPT OF THE YEAR

  • Alexander Dr Fleming
  • Eataly Smeraldo
  • Level Shoe District Metro “Casa dell’Horeca”
  • Move
  • navabi
  • Verizon Destination Store

Source: i2i Events Group

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