Thursday, October 2, 2014


By Inside Retail Asia

Asian Retailers Excel in Global Awards

Photo courtesy of Uniqlo

PARIS, FRANCE - Asian retailers, including Uniqlo’s parent company, have won top honours at the 2014 World Retail Awards.

Japan’s Fast Retailing scooped the award ‘Retailer of the Year’. The accolade came shortly after its announcement of Uniqlo’s plans for major expansion of its kidswear line. The group follows in the footsteps of prestigious past winners including Whole Foods and Inditex, parent of Zara.

South Korean department store group Lotte Shopping has won ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’, following the launch of its rewards scheme to encourage customers to buy eco-friendly products.

Breadtalk (China) was named ‘Growth Market Retailer of the Year’.

Photo courtesy of Inside Retail Asia

The World Retail Awards, now in its eight year, celebrate inspiring retail excellence. They were presented during the World Retail Congress in Paris, attended by nearly 1500 delegates.

The award winners were decided by a team of 12 global CEO’s including Gordon Campbell (Spar International) and Rick Darling (Li & Fung US).

Other winners include Sweden’s H&M (International Retailer of the Year), UK’s John Lewis (Omnichannel Retailer of the Year) and Sainsbury’s (Best Advertising Campaign of the Year) and Starbucks (Retail Transformation and Reinvention Award).

Photo courtesy of Lotte Shopping (Click to enlarge)


Launched 7 years ago, World Retail Congress is the world’s largest and most prestigious annual forum for retail CEOs and leaders to share, debate and network with both domestic and global peers. The Congress has become the annual platform for the retail industry to come together at the highest level to discuss and point the way forward on the hottest global critical issues.

Months of in-depth investigation and independent research ensures the agenda delivers the latest thinking and solutions leading retail professionals require to drive their business forward.

As a result of this research and unsurpassed industry knowledge, over the last seven years the Congress has attracted almost 600 of the most inspirational, authoritative and dynamic speakers from across the globe. Every year over 150 of the industry’s most dynamic speakers come together to provoke the audience, stimulate debate and provide invaluable insight into the dynamic and increasingly fast-changing world of retailing and consumers.

Printemps show at the Retail Awards ceremony in Paris, September 2014 (Photo courtesy of WRA)

The World Retail Congress is the critical meeting and networking forum for the boardroom-level decision makers of retail. Recognised as the pre-eminent meeting place in the retail calendar, since its launch in Barcelona in 2007, the World Retail Congress has brought together over 6,200 leaders of the global retail industry. As the critical event for business leaders and decision makers, the 2013 Paris Congress was the biggest Congress to date by 1350+ delegates from the biggest organisations in retail.

Annually the Congress attracts delegates from over 50 countries, from the US to Uganda, India to Italy and China to Canada. Uniquely the Congress also attracts delegates from all major retail sectors, including Grocery, Fashion, Luxury and Health and Beauty. This international, high-level cross market mix creates dynamic discussions and the only platform to share best practice.
Source: WRC

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