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The National Retail Association is the voice of modern Australian retail, and this week we celebrate the very best in our industry as we host Australia’s most modern and innovative retailers at our 2019 National Retail Awards.

Today the biggest struggle for retail business owners or managers is enticing and retaining the best staff. An attractive pay bracket is no longer enough; staff, younger staff in particular, want to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements.

The National Retail Association wants to celebrate those who provide the best customer service, those who constantly look for new and better ways to do business, and to share their great stories and experiences with the industry.

The theme of this year’s awards is “Diversity”.  Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding uniqueness and recognising individual differences. The National Retail Association’s membership is just that – diverse. We don’t only work with large Australian retailers. We provide the same high-quality service and advice to all retailers, whether large, medium or small.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone in the Australian retail industry can prosper, through our strong media positioning, our constant support for progressive policies, and our work with governments and unions and other business associations. We represent all types of retailers across all channels and the many faces of modern Australian retail.

The National Retail Awards recognise all these retailers and celebrate their successes.

This year, more than 40 finalists have been nominated for the following awards:

Social Responsibility Champion
Customer Experience Champion
Innovation Champion
HR Professional of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award

Training Retail Executive Award
Franchisee of the Year
Store Manager of the Year
Small Retailer of the Year
Medium Retailer of the Year
Large Retailer of the Year
Online Retailer of the Year

On behalf of the National Retail Association, I wish all nominees the best of luck and hope you enjoy the night. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for a NEWSFLASH on the full list of 2019 National Retail Awards winners on Thursday.