The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) held its Gala and Awards dinner, announcing the winners of awards such as Retailer of the Year, Supplier of the Year and a range of awards dedicated to women in convenience.
AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said the Gala Awards had taken on an increased significance this year as the convenience industry had some major issues.
“In the future, when we look back on 2017 with the benefit of hindsight, it could well prove to be a bellwether year for the convenience industry in Australia,” Mr Rogut said.
“We’ve seen the Red Tape Committee recommend packaged alcohol be able to be sold through our channel, we’ve seen a major political party announce its intention to criminalise petrol theft, and politicians and the public alike are waking up to the enormity of the illicit tobacco market in Australia.
“These issues are not new to those of us in the industry, but the fact they are growing in importance in the public consciousness demonstrates that the voice of small business can still be heard.
“The AACS Convenience Industry Leadership Summit reinforced the importance for us to maintain our focus on innovation, of advocating for a more level playing field in retail, and working more collaboratively in a supplier-retailer sense.
“And our Gala Awards enabled us to acknowledge the important contributions and achievements of our industry’s leading lights, and have some fun in the process,” he said.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners up:
Retailer of the Year
Winner: AA Petroleum
Supplier of the Year
Winner: Pacific Optics
Beverage & Dairy Supplier of the Year
Winner: Coca Cola
Snacking Supplier of the Year
Peters Ice Cream
Confectionery Supplier of the Year
Food on the Go Supplier of the Year
Winner: Mrs Macs
Tobacco Supplier of the Year
Winner: Philip Morris
Service Provider of the Year
Grocery & General Merchandise
Winner: Pacific Optics
Distributor of the Year
Winner: The Distributors
Telecommunications Provider of the Year
Company Operated Store
Caltex Foodary Concord
BP Marsden Park
Winner: BP Ringwood
BP Smeaton Grange
Westoil Petroleum Bundanoon
Winner: BP Smeaton Grange
AACS Women in Convenience Awards
Woman of the Year: Alyssa Milton (7-Eleven)
Store Operator of the Year: Joanne Hodgson (7-Eleven)
Rising Star of the Year: Sara Cockman (Morris Corp)
AACS Peter Jowett Convenience Industry Award 2017
Retail winner Karen Alarcorn (BP)
Supplier winner Joseph Addamo (Philip Morris)