Supplier Categories

Sales Team of the Year

Sales teams are a vital part of the supply chain, and an integral part of the retail sector.

The Sales Team of the Year award is designed to recognise and reward the efforts and contribution of those teams that provide outstanding support and service to retail outlets around the country.

Entries are open to any sales teams that service the independent convenience sector.

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The awards will be voted on by the readers of Independent Retail News and readers will judge entries based on the following criteria:

  • Overall business advice
  • Quality and frequency of contact
  • Category advice Innovation

Supplier Retailer Initiative of the Year

Seeking out good advice – and then acting on it – is a vital component in the success of any independent retailer. But that advice is not always easy to come by.

That’s why, in recent years, a variety of suppliers have stepped forward with their own business and category initiatives to provide independents with essential advice on things like merchandising and display, range, availability, best sellers, consumer insight and market trends.

Using category insight from leading analysts, such initiatives have proved invaluable in helping store owners to grow sales and boost profits.

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Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Quality of advice
  • Breadth of content
  • Ease of use
  • Accessibility Innovation

Product Launch of the Year

This accolade recognises products available to the independent/convenience channel and are divided into 10 separate sub-categories vital to the impulse channel.

They offer suppliers the opportunity to use the prestigious Retail Industry Awards logo, which is now widely recognised by consumers, as a mark of excellence on-pack.

Suppliers are encouraged to nominate their top launches in each category and the winners will be voted for by the real experts in their field – the retailers themselves.

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To be eligible for the awards, your product must have been launched between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023 and have been widely available to the convenience trade during that period.

Eligible launches may include any new SKU – be it a completely new product, brand extension or significant packaging innovation.

Winners will be chosen based on:

1. Sales success – how well did the launch perform overall and how strongly did it resonate with consumers?

2. Availability – was it easy for retailers to get access to the product, was it widely available to the independent trade?

3. Innovation – what did the launch bring to the market that was genuinely new and exciting?

4. Strength of launch support – including advertising and marketing campaigns, social media, PR and point-of-sale