Monday Mar 16, 2015

Shop Direct Cleans Up: Oracle Retail Week Awards Winners

Congratulations to the Oracle Retail Week Awards winners! We were once again proud to be part of last week's celebration of British retail, attended by over 1,650 retail delegates.

Ted Baker collected one of the most prestigious awards of the evening, winning the Oracle Retailer of the Year. Ted Baker and Primark were also recognised for the impact they have made on the global market, and awarded recognition by the panel of judges for successes in expansion in Europe, Asia and the US.

A special congratulations also goes out to Shop Direct, a triple award winner this year! The multi-brand online retailer from Liverpool picked up the awards for Pure-Play Etailer of the Year, Technology Initiative of the Year and Supply Chain Initiative of the Year

Here is the full list of winners:

  • Oracle Retailer of the Year – Ted Baker
  • Clarity Retail Leader of the Year – Stefano Pessina, CEO of Walgreens Alliance Boots
  • Outstanding Contribution to Retail – Ian Cheshire, former CEO of the Kingfisher Group
  • Wincanton Supply Chain Initiative of the Year – Shop Direct
  • Audit Partnership Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year – B&Q
  • Pure-Play Etailer of the Year – Shop Direct
  • Customer Service Initiative of the Year – Clarks
  • Zensar Retail Technology Initiative of the Year – Shop Direct
  • Deloitte Employer of the Year – ao.com
  • Wipro International Growth Initiative of the Year - Primark
  • HP Multichannel Retailer of the Year – Argos
  • Trinity Mirror Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year – John Lewis
  • Michael Page Own Brand Range/Product of the Year - Primark
  • The Serco Customer Innovation of the Year - Argos
  • Island Pacific Specialty Retailer of the Year – The Entertainer
  • ISG Store Design of the Year – Lloyds Pharmacy – Better Life Store, Leeds
  • Tata Consultancy Services Store Manager of the Year – Astone Davids, Topps Tiles in Croydon
  • Wipro International Growth Initiative of the Year - Primark
  • Zolfo Cooper Growth Retailer of the Year – The Hut
  • Heidrick and Struggles International Retailer of the Year - Aldi

Further information on the Oracle Retail Week Awards is available on the event website.

The Shop Direct team pick up one of their multiple awards. 

Friday Mar 14, 2014

Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Oracle Retail Week Awards

We are proud to announce this year’s winners of the Oracle Retail Week Awards, which took place at the Grosvenor House in London this evening. Over 1,500 guests saw Ted Baker’s Ray Kelvin collect the award for Outstanding Contribution to Retail.

Here are all winners:

The Serco Customer Service Initiative of the Year – ao.com, Winning Moments
The Deloitte Employer of the Year – Asda
Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year – John Lewis, The Journey
Postcode Anywhere Multichannel Retailer of the Year – John Lewis
The Toy Store Own Brand Range of the Year – Lidl
The Veredus Pure Play Etailer of the Year – ASOS
The Wipro International Growth Initiative of the Year – ASOS, Russian Website Launch
The Audit Partnership Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year – Asda, Fighting Food Poverty with Surplus Food
ReThink Retail Technology Initiative of the Year – Tesco Hudl
The Financo Speciality Retailer of the Year – Screwfix
Store Design of the Year – Primark, Oxford Street
The Tata Consultancy Services Store Manager of the Year – Richard Kirk, Currys and PC World, Birmingham
The OC&C Strategy Consultants Retail Destination of the Year – Trinity, Leeds
The Zolfo Cooper Growth Retailer of the Year – The Entertainer
The Clarity Retail Leader of the Year – Nick Robertson, ASOS
Oracle Retailer of the Year – Aldi
Outstanding Contribution to Retail – Ray Kelvin, Ted Baker

Further information on the Oracle Retail Week Awards is available on the event website.

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Vince Cable & Shop Direct CEO Alex Baldock at Retail Week Live

The 23rd Retail Week Live is just around the corner. Tomorrow at the Hilton London Metropole, leaders from the retail sector are coming together to network and listen to the industry leading speakers presenting this year. Amongst them: Dr. Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business & Innovation.

Make sure you also catch the following:

Alex Baldock, CEO, Shop Direct Group
In his first speaking engagement since joining Shop Direct in September 2012, CEO Alex Baldock will close the innovation stage by lifting the lid on the etail giant's digital strategy. Looking specifically at the mobile revolution, he’ll unveil some of the secrets that have driven the former catalogue retailer to become one of the UK’s leading m-commerce players, with fast-growing digital department store brands including Very.co.uk and isme.com. And with around a third of its £1.7 billion sales set to be made on mobile devices this year, Alex will address some of the challenges that lay ahead for Shop Direct in continuing to keep pace with today’s increasingly tech-savvy consumer.

Stuart Higgins, Director and Partner, LCP Consulting Ltd.
Stuart is a commercially oriented supply chain and logistics executive and consultant with a passion for delivering real business improvements in Retail, FMCG and 3PL sectors and across Global and European supply chains. He has held board level accountability for Supply Chain, Trading and Merchandising functions and has experience of operating in competitive and customer focused markets and in demanding and fast moving businesses within both “Blue Chip” and Private Equity ownership. Operational roles have included Supply Chain Director of a major food company, to Logistics Director of a high street retailer and many other operational/development roles. A recognized industry thought leader, Stuart is a frequent speaker at industry events and a regular commentator on retail issues in the Business media.

The event brings to life the market leading debate and analysis you see each week in the magazine and every day online. Make sure you stop by the Oracle stand (#17, see below) for a cup of coffee and a conversation. 


Thursday Feb 27, 2014

Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014 Preview

The last 12 months have been a challenging time for British retailers - yet once again we have seen genuine innovation in the market. The modern consumer demands Commerce Anywhere - the ability to shop at any time, in any place, and through multiple channels. Retailers have to put the consumer at the centre of their operations, from supply chain to merchandise management, from store solutions to commerce platforms - no easy task, yet many British retailers have made great strides forward.

I can attest that all categories were fiercely contested with many entrants deserving recognition for their achievements. We received more entries than ever before, which meant creating a shortlist was a challenging task.

The categories for the 2014 Oracle Retail Week Awards are:

  • Customer Service Initiative of the Year
  • Deloitte Employer of the Year
  • nasa Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year
  • Postcode Anywhere Multichannel Retailer of the Year
  • The Toy Store Own Brand Range of the Year
  • Pure Play Etailer of the Year
  • Wipro International Growth Initiative of the Year
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year
  • ReThink Retail Technology Initiative of the Year
  • Speciality Retailer of the Year
  • Store Design of the Year
  • The Tata Consultancy Services Store Manager of the Year
  • Retail Destination of the Year
  • Zolfo Cooper Growth Retailer of the Year
  • Heidrick & Struggles International Retailer of the Year
  • Clarity Retail Leader of the Year
  • Oracle Retailer of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Retail

You can access the shortlist on the Oracle Retail Week Awards website. The award ceremony will take place on March 13th at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, and once again promises to be a fantastic event with over 1,500 retailers in attendance.

We are proud to support the awards, and wish good luck to all shortlisted entries.

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