Nominations for the annual National Retail Association (NRA) young retailer of the year award are now open.

The call has been issued to all retailers that aspire to be recognised as the best in their field. The award is recognised nationally as the highest accolade in retail and serves to reward excellence in leadership, innovation and industry knowledge, throughout the Australian retail sector.

NRA CEO Trevor Evans said this year, as the award marks its 40th anniversary, the range of competition will reflect the changes of the industry.

“The retail industry is certainly evolving – with the continual expansion of online shopping, and the level of innovation required to overcome economic uncertainty – so we expect to see a diverse group of individuals in this year’s nominations that reflect this,” he said.

“The definition of a retailer is no longer confined to the role of a shop assistant – the lines are blurring and we should recognise the contribution all areas are making to encourage consumer spending and stimulate growth in our industry.

The winner will win a position on the Westfield’s World Retail Study Tour in 2014.

Entrants will be given a complimentary ticket to attend a retail Workshop, giving them the chance to network with some of Australia’s most prominent retail figures.

Award finalists will be announced on Friday, 28 June and will also receive a ticket to the NRA Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony held in Melbourne on Wednesday, 31 July where the 2013 Young Retailer of the Year will be announced.

To find out more about the 2013 Young Retailer of the Year, click here. Nominations close on Friday, 24 May.