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Global success story Apple has been awarded “The Wipro International Retailer of the Year” at High Street Oscars, the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012.
Apple’s commitment to innovation is evident in all aspects of its business from its product design to its store format. Its ability to anticipate what customers are looking for and then provide it means that there is always something new and exciting in store which succeeds in surprising customers. This visionary approach is borne out of the desire to provide a first rate customer experience. By keeping this value at the heart of its business Apple has not only become a world class retailer itself but also offers a route to market for other retailers who use its technology to market and is a supportive partner.
The success Apple has enjoyed is shown on its balance sheet, with more cash to spend than the government of the United States, it is a true global heavyweight. Its commitment to maintaining its store presence continues with shop count growing year-on-year.
The biggest and most established event in the UK retail industry calendar, a total of eighteen awards were presented at the Oracle Retail Week Awards ceremony, held in London’s West End. The further seventeen winners are as follows:
The Oracle Retailer of the Year; Burberry
Outstanding Contribution to Retail; Lord Harris of Peckham
The Clarity Search Retail Leader of the Year; Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher
The Wipro International Retailer of the Year; Apple
The Alix Partners Emerging Retail Leader of the Year; Catriona Marshall, HobbyCraft
The Premium Tax Free Speciality Retailer of the Year; Holland & Barrett
Store Manager of the Year; Ian Allcock, Homesbase (Aylesford, Kent)
The Deloitte Employer of the Year; Morrisons
Growing Retailer of the Year; Hallett Retail
Store Design of the Year; Next Home and Garden, Holmbush Centre, West Sussex
Responsible Retailer of the Year; B&Q
The Wates Retail Destination of the Year; Westfield Stratford
TCC Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year; Sainsbury’s, Feed Your Family for £50
The Brandbank Multichannel Retailer of the Year; Debenhams
The CA Technologies Retail Technology Initiative of the Year; Oasis
The RR Donnelley Pure Play Online Retailer of the Year; Wiggle
The Ashton Partnership Product Innovation of the Year; Chad Valley, Argos
Speaking about the award, George MacDonald, Deputy Editor of Retail Week, commented: “Apple’s ability to understand its customers and pre-empt them makes it a global leader. It is good to see that Apple continues to keep customer service at the heart of all it does and the recent appointment of John Browett further demonstrates this unstinting focus.”
Sarah Taylor, Senior Director, Oracle Retail said: “These important Awards recognise the achievements of those individuals and organisations that make British retail great. Oracle is committed to supporting the development of excellence, innovation, creativity and agility within retail businesses and we offer our congratulations to Apple.”
Emap – the publisher of Retail Week magazine and organisers of the Oracle Retail Week Awards – is a proud supporter of the Retail Trust, the charity that looks after the needs of all three million people working in retail. The Retail Trust is a vital presence in the industry, providing a range of free services including counselling, legal advice, debt advice, hardship grants, course funding and retirement housing throughout the UK. The Retail Trust offers support to both individuals working in retail and their families.
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About the Oracle Retail Week Awards
Now in their seventeenth year, the Oracle Retail Week Awards 2012 are designed to celebrate and reward the foremost aspects of the retail sector. One of the most important dates in the retail calendar, the awards are the biggest in the UK retail industry, with over 1,600 people attending the sold-out event each year to celebrate the best in retail.
In total, there are 12 categories that are open to entries ranging from Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year to Store Manager of the Year. In addition, six awards are voted for by a panel of judges comprising some of the most senior figures in the UK retail sector, including the Oracle Retailer of the Year and Retail Destination of the Year.
The judging panel comprises some of the most influential names in the UK retail sector, including;
Andy Clarke, Chief Executive, ASDA Group
Terry Duddy, Chief Executive, Home Retail Group
Ian Filby, Chief Executive, DFS
Simon Fox, Chief Executive, HMV Group
Alan Giles, Chairman, Fatface
Vanessa Gold, Managing Director, Ann Summers
Mark Newton-Jones, Chief Executive, Shop Direct Group
Richard Pennycook, Group Finance Director, Morrisons
Mike Shearwood, Chief Executive, Aurora Fashions
Euan Sutherland, Chief Executive, B&Q
Rob Templeman, Chairman, Gala Coral and British Retail Consortium
Laura Wade-Gery, Executive Director Multichannel E-commerce, Marks & Spencer