Nominations Open for Young Retail Stars

The National Retail Association (NRA) has issued a call to all retailers that aspire to be recognised as the best in their field, to prepare their nominations for the annual Young Retailer of the Year Award.

Established in 1973, the Young Retailer of the Year Award is recognised nationally as the highest accolade in retail and serves to reward excellence in leadership, innovation and industry knowledge, throughout the Australian retail sector.

NRA CEO Trevor Evans said this year, as the award marks its 40th anniversary, the range of competition will reflect the changes of the industry.

“The retail industry is certainly evolving – with the continual expansion of online shopping, and the level of innovation required to overcome economic uncertainty – so we expect to see a diverse group of individuals in this year’s nominations that reflect this,” Mr Evans said.

“The definition of a retailer is no longer confined to the role of a shop assistant – the lines are blurring and we should recognise the contribution all areas are making to encourage consumer spending and stimulate growth in our industry.

“The Young Retailer of the Year Award is the Oscars of the retail industry, and just like the Oscars, the winner will be put on the world stage, joining industry leaders on Westfield’s renowned World Retail Study Tour in 2014.

“Over two whirlwind weeks, the Young Retailer will be immersed in the very best that retail has to offer, across five of the most stimulating retail cities on the planet.”
Entrants will be given a complimentary ticket to attend a retail Workshop, giving them the chance to network with some of Australia’s most prominent retail figures.
Award Finalists will be announced on Friday, 28 June and will also receive a ticket to the NRA Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony held in Melbourne on Wednesday, 31 July where the 2013 Young Retailer of the Year will be announced.

All retailers under the age of 25 are eligible to enter the award and can be nominated by colleagues, supervisors or family members, or young retailers can nominate themselves.

To find out more about the 2013 Young Retailer of the Year visit Nominations close on Friday, 24 May.