Aldi named retailer of the year

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 10th August 2016
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Aldi is the 2016 Retailer of the Year, winning the title at the Australian Retailers Awards hosted in Melbourne this week.

The Australian Retailers Awards are presented annually by the Australian Retailers Association and are the largest retail awards in the country.

The association said Aldi took home the top prize for its influence and market leading policies which it said has seen the chain significantly challenge other supermarkets.

A spokesperson for Aldi said, “We are proud to be recognised as the price leader in the market, helping Australians live richer lives for less.”

“Every week, over two million Australian shoppers visit Aldi Australia to shop from our range of products, including award-winning grocery essentials and exciting Special Buys, together with fresh fruit and vegetables. With 60 new stores opening in 2016 and 12 per cent market share on the Eastern Seaboard, Aldi is has firmly cemented itself as one of Australia’s favourite supermarkets,” the spokesperson stated.

Aldi also came runner up in the Frontline Recruitment Retail Employer of the Year category.

Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman, said the winners of this year’s awards represented the diversity of Australian retailing.

This year’s Awards field was particularly tough, with not just the highest number of entries in the Awards’ 50 year history, but also the highest quality,” said Zimmerman

Australian Retail Awards 2016 Winners: 

eftpos Retailer of the Year

WINNER: Aldi

Runner up: Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

ARA Independent Retailer of the Year

WINNER: Wilson Retail (Stormriders & Saltwater Wine)

Runner up: Adreno

Shop for Shops Store Fitout of the Year 1-5 Stores

WINNER: The Sydney String Centre

Runner up: Eliza Blue Fashions

Shop for Shops Store Fitout of the Year 6+ Stores

WINNER: Specsavers Eastland

Runner up: Jeanswest Eastland

Temando Multi-Channel Retailer of the Year

WINNER: Mon Purse

Runner up: The Good Guys

Frontline Recruitment Retail Employer of the Year

WINNER: Peregrine Corporation (On The Run, Smokemart, Gift Box)

Runner up: Aldi

Rest Industry Super Retail Employee of the Year

WINNER: Jacob Purtell, Harris Scarfe

Runner up: David Lai, Fantastic Furniture

FCB Retail HR Rising Star of the Year

WINNER: Paige Willemse, Sussan Group

Pronto Software Retail Innovator of the Year

WINNER: Shoes of Prey

Runner up: Just For Pets

ARA Retail Institute Retail Graduate of the Year

WINNER: Lauren Dodman