Screwfix Shortlisted For Three Oracle Retail Week Awards

Screwfix is celebrating after being shortlisted in three categories at the 2014 Oracle Retail Week Awards. The popular trade and DIY retailer is pleased to have become a finalist in; “Multichannel Retailer of the Year”, “Speciality Retailer of the Year” and “Store Manager of the Year”, with Jacqui Wall, manager of the company’s store in Cannock.

The annual awards, which are to be held on March 13th 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, see the leading names in UK retail rewarded for their standards of excellence and innovation in managing the ever-changing demands of today’s shopper.

With 13 categories, the awards have received the highest number of entries in recent years with more than 107 finalists making the shortlist. A further five accolades will be presented to businesses in non-entry categories.

The shortlisted retailers, chosen from an impressive number of high-standard entries, will now be reviewed by an esteemed jury, made up of influential figures and experts from the independent retail sector, who notably include: Andy Clarke, Chief Executive, Asda; John King, Chief Executive, House of Fraser; Vanessa Gold, Managing Director, Anne Summers; Chris Bush, UK Managing Director, Tesco; Stephen Robertson, British Retail Consortium.

This year‟s finalists have been selected for consistently going the extra mile for their customers, employing a business strategy that offers extensive delivery propositions, superior employee training and development, an enjoyable in-store experience and the innovative use of technology to ensure an integrated online and offline experience.

Commenting on this year’s Oracle Retail Week Awards finalists, Chris Brook-Carter, Editor-in-Chief of Retail Week, said: “We have been hugely impressed with the calibre of entries received for the awards from retailers up and down the country this year. As a dynamic UK retail market continues to move from strength to strength, selecting a shortlist for each award was a truly difficult task, and I know picking just one winner in each category will be a real challenge. This industry is ever-evolving, with new technology and busy, demanding customers ensuring the nation‟s leading retailers remain constantly on their toes.

The Oracle Retail Week Awards ceremony is a chance for us to recognise the best in our field, and celebrate their achievements as they continue to deliver outstanding results daily for the nation’s shoppers.”

Sarah Taylor, Senior Director, Oracle Retail, added: “UK retail has always been on the cutting edge of creativity and innovation. After another challenging time, this year‟s awards will distinguish the retailers which have strived to push the boundaries of creativity to serve the needs of a new and complex breed of consumers that shop across all channels, all borders and all categories. The retail model has changed to reflect the power of the consumer. They want an experience that is good for them and one that can happen anytime, anywhere. The provision of Commerce Anywhere is now a requirement for the consumers who want to reap the benefits of the competitive global market place and the latest technologies to enhance their shopping experiences. This year‟s awards will demonstrate that many retailers are working to make sure that they are delivering the experience that lives up to their brand promise and is good for each and every consumer interaction.”