Award Categories

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Retail 

Open to Retailers: To enter these awards you must operate a Retail business in Australia or New Zealand in 2016.

Retailer of the Year* (1-5 employees)
The winner of this category is a business with 1 -5 employees that has achieved outstanding retail results in 2016 through new initiatives and innovation. Open to Australian Retailers Only.

Retailer of the Year* (6+ Employees)
The winner of this category is a business with 6+ employees that has achieved outstanding retail results in 2016 through new initiatives and innovation. Open to Australian Retailers Only.

Best Retailer Marketing Initiative
The winner of this category is a business that has implemented a marketing initiative across individual or multiple market channels, which has resulted in an outstanding performance for their business during 2016.

Best Retail Display
The winner of this award is a store that has created a unique visual merchandising display that provided growth for the business in 2016 via sales, social & media exposure, foot traffic and more.

Best Online Retailer
The winner of this category is open to pure-players or multi-channel retailers with an e-commerce presence that has achieved outstanding business performance and taken their business to new levels.

Sales Person of the Year (open to exhibitors, retailers, wholesalers, agents and contractors)
The winner of this award is for the employee/agent/contractor who displays outstanding individual commitment to the retail industry, showing initiative, excellence in customer service, product knowledge and a source of inspiration for their peers.

*1 finalist from Retailer of the Year will be selected by Australian Gift Guide (AGG) to represent Australia at the Global Innovation Awards, honouring the housewares retail excellence (GIA) in Chicago in 2017.

Product 

Open to Exhibitors: To enter these awards you must exhibit or be contracted to exhibit at Reed Gift Fairs or Life Instyle 2016. If you enter a Product category there will be 1 winner selected for each show (Reed Gift Fairs exhibitors and Life In style).

Body Bath & Fragrance
Product designed to pamper the body, compliment and enhance health & well-being. From lotions to soaps, aromatherapy to candles, these products are used to the betterment of every individual.

Books & Stationery 
From reading, picture, fiction, adult colouring to children’s books plus cards and wraps for any occasion to diaries and calendars, notebooks, office supplies and party goods, this category celebrates the wonderful world of books & stationery.

Gift
Products that celebrate the act of giving. A broad category that encompasses all giftware to souvenirs for all ages.

Home, Furniture & Interiors
From homewares to furnishings and furniture, flowers to home decor, these products are used to enhance the home environment, both indoor and outdoor furniture pieces that are practical or luxurious.

Fashion, Accessories & Apparel
Fashion products that reflect the latest trends in accessories and apparel, from scarves to bags, belts to hats that are suitable for men, women and children.

Gadgets & Novelties
Products that specialise in the mechanical, fun and quirky gadgets and novelties. From toys to games, the element of fun in the product is a must!

Jewellery
From bracelets to necklaces to rings, this category encompasses all materials, styles and makes of jewellery.

Kids, Toys & Games 
Products for children for all ages, from gifts to clothing and accessories , plush toys to figurines. These products promote both the essential and fun side of growth and development.

Kitchen & Dining
Everyday, social and special occasion products for the kitchen and dining arena. From tableware to glassware, cutlery to table decorations, utensils to cooking and food preparation materials.

Product of the Year
This award cannot be entered into, but all finalists will automatically be submitted. The winner of this category is the product which received the overall highest points by the judges across all categories.

Specialty Product 

Open to Exhibitors: To enter these awards you must exhibit or be contracted to exhibit at Reed Gift Fairs or Life Instyle 2016. If you enter a Specialty Product category there will be 1 winner across both Reed Gift Fairs and Life Instyle exhibitors.

Australian Made
Product that is both designed and manufactured in Australia. The product will display quality workmanship and recognise the outstanding performance of the Australian Made industry in Gifts and Homewares.

Eco
Product manufactured through sustainable processes. The eco initiative encourages environmentally friendly and green products designed for eco-responsible consumers.

Ethical
Products across all categories that demonstrate ethical and fair trade initiatives in material sourcing and production processes.

Handmade
Products that are made by hand and not by machine and represent the growth in popularity of the handmade market.

Innovation
Product that is original to the market, has been introduced within the past 12 months
and can represent any product category.

Talent

Sales Person of the Year (open to exhibitors, retailers, wholesalers, agents and contractors)
The winner of this award is for the employee/agent/contractor who displays outstanding individual commitment to the retail industry, showing initiative, excellence in customer service, product knowledge and a source of inspiration for their peers.

Best New Talent (exhibitors only)
Entrants for this award will be nominated by the Judging Panel. Exhibitors who are nominated showcase beautifully crafted product that stands out in the crowd, contributes to the exhibition, displays growth and was new to the exhibition in 2016.

Industry Achievement Award (nominations only)
This person has proved themselves as a true leader and made an exceptional contribution to the industry and is recognised for their commitments. Nominations can be emailed to gala@reedexhibitions.com.au.

 

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