NRA announces National Retail Awards shortlist

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More than 40 finalists have been shortlisted for the National Retail Association’s (NRA) 2018 National Retail Awards.

According to the NRA, the line-up of finalists is proving to be one of the most innovative and diverse in the event’s long-running history.

“Retailers who’ve been in the game for a long time know that the landscape has changed, so there have been remarkable opportunities for those who really think outside the box, to dive in and lead well-established retail teams onto entirely new pathways, to great success,” NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said.

“The 2018 Awards line-up is a reflection of just how much this game has changed, and a wonderful chance for retailers to stand up and thank these movers and shakers, who are collectively shaking up the entire industry.”

As the most anticipated category, the Young Retailer of the Year award has again attracted the highest number of entries overall, with 25 finalists now selected to progress to the next round of judging.

The winner, who’ll be announced during the gala event in Sydney on August 23, will receive a trip to New York in January 2019 to visit one of the world’s largest retail expos, the National Retail Federation Big Show, where they will learn from some of the world’s leading experts.

The CEO of the Young Retailer of the Year prize sponsor, National Online Retail Association (NORA), Paul Greenberg, hopes the award will encourage a new generation of thought leaders to choose the retail profession.

“We’re deeply supportive of retail being chosen as a career,” he said. “Our best and brightest young retailers are the key to harnessing technology-led, customer-centric, global retail opportunities.”