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Women in Convenience to take centre stage at AACS Gala Awards

The AACS WIC awards recognise the significant contribution women play in convenience retailing from retailers, wholesalers and supplier communities.

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) and C&I Women in Convenience Awards (WIC) are back.

The award is an extension of the AACS WIC program that was established to attract, retain and recognise and support women within the convenience sector.

The AACS WIC Industry Awards are to recognise the significant contribution women play in convenience retailing from retailers, wholesalers and supplier communities.

The award categories include; Woman of the year, Rising Star and Store Operator of the year.

AACS WIC was established by Caroline Waite of Frucor and Kerry Appathurai of Parmalat in 2014 and is geared towards women in senior and junior roles.

Since its launch, AACS Women in Convenience has held a series of networking events, with past presenters including media and social commentator Mia Freedman.

The three categories are defined by the following:

Woman of the Year – Retailer, Supplier or Wholesaler who have had a significant impact on the success of their direct business as well as a significant impact to the industry as a whole. These nominees will have steered their companies into new markets, new opportunities and have delivered a strong measurable impact.

Rising Star – Retailer, Supplier or Wholesaler from a non-management level that is making an impact to their company and industry at the early stages of their career. These nominees will be making a positive impact across their business through innovation or creativity in their approach. They will demonstrate challenge to the status quo and be recognised for the changes they have influenced or implemented.

Store Operator of the Year – Women owners or operators who are making a significant contribution at the front line of the industry. In recognition of the efforts they are making to create a store environment for shoppers that upholds the highest standards of the industry. The nominees will display dedication to exceptional customer service, employee development and will have exceeded business performance goals.

Nominations are currently open and should be sent womeninconvenience@gmail.com, nominations close on July 14th.

AACS CEO, Jeff Rogut, said that he encouraged members to nominate so that AACS could again showcase the high calibre of women in the industry.

The winners will be announced at the AACS Gala and Awards dinner in Sydney on the 24th of August.

Tickets for the AACS Gala Award dinner can be purchased here.

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