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Showpo takes out top prize at ORIAS 2018

Showpo founder and CEO Jane Lu.

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Online fashion retailer Showpo was the big winner at the 2018 Australia Post Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAS), taking out four gongs.

The business, founded by Jane Lu in 2010, was awarded Best International Conqueror, Best Social Commerce Initiative, Best Site Optimisation & Design, and the big one, Online Retailer of the Year.

Other winners included Catch, which took out Best Mobile Commerce Site/App; Booktopia, for Best Pureplay Online Retailer; and Booktopia founder and CEO Tony Nash, who was given the Industry Recognition award.

Now in their ninth year, the ORIAS were held at the ICC Sydney Grand Ballroom with over 800 guests gathering to celebrate the best in Australian e-commerce.

ORIAS 2018 Prada's Priscillas

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TV presenter Gorgi Coghlan hosted the night, with entertainment by Prada’s Priscillas.

Event director Alice Kuepper said the judges had a hard time picking the winners, as each nominee had achieved great things in their category.

“The ORIAS honour the retailing champions that set new standards of brilliance for online and in-store, whether that be through innovation, growth or customer experience,” she said.

“These awards are a testament to retailer’s dedication and hard work to stay competitive in today’s modern marketplace.”

While the main awards were judged by an expert panel, there were also two Australia Post people’s choice awards up for grabs. These went to Koh Australia (small online retailer) and Kogan.com (large online retailer).

Kogan took out the award for the second year in a row and Australia Post general manager – business, Michael Oates, said the win was an enormous achievement as the category becomes increasingly contested every year.

“With more than 1100 merchants entering the category and more than 240,000 consumer votes registered this year, Aussie online shoppers have spoken,” he said.

“We are continuously seeing our people’s choice award winners, and indeed the finalists in the category, putting enormous effort into providing high levels of customer service to their consumers and, as a result, their customer base getting behind them.”

Australia Post ORIAS 2018 winners:

Best Bootstrapped Growth Initiative: I=Change

Best International Conqueror: Showpo

Best Omnichannel Customer Service: The Daily Edited

Best Social Commerce Initiative: Showpo

Best Mobile Commerce Site/Application: Catch

Best Site Optimisation & Design: Showpo

Best Online Retail Marketing: Beer Cartel

Best Pop-Up Experience: Hunting For George

Best In-Store Initiative: Cue Clothing Co

Best Multichannel Retailer: Supercheap Auto

Best Small Independent Retailer: Flora & Fauna

Best New Online Retailer: Little Designer Club

Best Pureplay Online Retailer: Booktopia

Industry Recognition: Tony Nash

Online Retailer Of The Year: Showpo

Australia Post People’s Choice Award – Small Online Retailer: Koh Australia (Ekoworx)

Australia Post People’s Choice Award – Large Online Retailer: Kogan.com

 

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